Google Photos is now the primary gallery/photo app on the majority of Android devices. You can now easily hide private photos in Google Photos app.
Indeed, there’s no doubt that Google apps offer a much-refined experience than many other third-party apps for performing different jobs. Let’s take the Google Photos app as an example, it is probably one of the most efficient apps to manage viewable media like photos and videos on any device (Android or iOS). Not only can you view your media, but it also allows you to back up that media on the cloud against the data quota allotted for your Google account. Not just that, the service syncs all your photos and videos across your synced devices, has an inbuilt editor, and also allows you to share your selective albums or complete photo library with other users. Here today, we will be discussing another feature, that can be used to hide private photos in Google Photos app.
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Hide Private Photos in Google Photos App
Before we proceed ahead, let me clear up the air first. Google Photos doesn’t allow you to lock your private photos with a password. It rather offers a more upfront way to hide the photos from the view library and move them to a different location. If you’re concerned about securing your media with a passcode, you may head to the Play Store and download an app locker app.
Google introduced an archive feature in the Photos app a few months ago. And it seems like not everybody is making the most out of it. The feature could not only be used to make your main photos stream clutter-free, but it could also be efficiently used to hide your personal images, or those like screenshots, etc by archiving them. This will help you hide private photos in Google Photos app pretty easily.
Before you proceed ahead, it is important that you install the latest version of Google Photos on your device. The archive feature was introduced in Google Photos v2.15 if by any chance you have a lower version than that, then simply go the Play Store and update the app. Or, you can also manually install the latest Google Photos APK from APKMirror.
Once done, you can move forward and hide your private photos in Google Photos app. Further, we will also show you how you can easily access archived photos once you have hidden them.
Steps to Hide Private Photos in Google Photos (Archive)
- Go to your phone’s app drawer and open Google Photos app.
- Tap on the “Photos” icon present in the bottom navigation menu.
- You will now be able to see your photos mainstream, where all your on-device and synced photos will be displayed.
- Scroll through them and long-press on the photo that you want to hide. Then keep tapping on different photos that would like to include.
- Once you selected all the photos that you want to hide/archive, tap on the 3-dot overflow menu on the top-right.
- Select “Archive” button.
There you go! You have succeeded to hide private photos in Google Photos app on your Android device. These photos will be archived and will not be visible in the photos mainstream on any of your synced devices.
How to View Hidden/Archived Photos in Google Photos
Now that you have performed the procedure to hide private photos in Google Photos, the steps below will help you view them again when you choose to.
- Go the app drawer and launch Google Photos app.
- Tap on the hamburger menu icon on the top-left (Three horizontal lines). Or, can also swipe out from the left edge of the app screen.
- Select “Archive”.
- Your archived/hidden photos will be present there.
- If you wish, you can also select the photos and unarchive them. And, you can also tap the Add to archive button in the top-menu to further archive/hide more photos.
There you have it! You have successfully used the archive feature to hide private photos in Google Photos app. If you have any questions regarding the steps, feel free to leave a comment below.