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How to Password Protect and Hide Photo Albums in macOS Ventura

macOS Ventura now supports password protection in the Photos app. When anyone tries to open password protected albums, they’ll have to enter the password of your device to view them.

Here’s how to lock a Photos album:

° Launch Photos.

° Click on the Photos menu at at the top left corner of the screen.

° Choose Settings.

° Go to the General tab.

Settings > General
Settings > General

° Go to the Privacy option at the bottom of the tab.

° Enable the “Use Touch ID or password” feature by checking the box.

Use Touch ID or password
Use Touch ID or password

A lock icon will appear on the Recently Deleted Album and Hidden folder in the Photo sidebar. To View a Hidden album, look at the top menu and choose View > Show Hidden Photo Album.

To lock the Album, click on the Lock to relock the Hidden or Recently Deleted Album. To unlock the Album, click on the Lock again.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • There is no “Privacy option” at the bottom of the tab – and indeed your screenshot shows that there isn’t one?