How To Hide Photos And Videos In Google Photos

All the images you have uploaded in Google Photos are stored safely. Thus, you don’t have to worry about those leaking out or someone getting access to them except you—unless they know the password to your account.


However, if you still want to put up another protective barrier for your essential pictures, there’s an option you can try: hiding selected photos from your library.

It is very effective, especially when you want to keep confidential photos in a locked folder, so it’s hard for anyone to access them. Also, it’s an excellent technique for these photos not to show in your Google Photos feed on any device you have opened.

In just a few steps, you’ll greatly learn how to hide pictures in Google photos using your mobile devices.

Hiding Photos Using Mobile device

Hiding photos in your Google Photos account is now possible, but the app version on your phone must be 2.5 or higher. If you have this version, you can successfully hide the photos you want to keep private by following this guide.

1. Open the Google Photos application on your phone then sign in using your Google credentials.

First off, you must launch the Google photos app on your phone then make sure that your account is logged in.

2. Select a photo or video that you want to hide.

Scroll through all your photos and videos in your Google photos account, then select which one you would like to hide.

You can select several photos or videos and hide them all at once.

If you wish to hide several items all at once, you may do so by pressing a photo or video then you’ll be able to select as many items as you can.

3. Click on the three dots on the upper right of the page.

An ellipsis button is located on the top-right side of the screen, and if all of the selected items are complete and correct, you must click it to reveal a drop-down menu.

4. Select the “Move to Archive” options.

From the options in the drop-down menu, select the “Move to Archive” to hide all the selected items then a pop-up window will appear on your screen.

Using the Web Browser of Google Photos

If you don’t have the Google Photos app on your phone and want to hide items in your account, there’s no need to download the app because you can do it through the Google Photos web browser. To proceed, follow these steps:

1. Select the “Archive” folder on the left panel of Google photos.

If you are in the Google Photos web browser, you will notice a panel on the left side with various options. Clicking on “Archive” from this list will take you to the Archive folder.

2. Click the “Add photos” on the top-right side of the archive folder.

There is a button on the upper right side of the page in the Archive folder that you can click to add photos to this specific folder. All images added to this folder will be hidden.

3. Simply select the photos and videos that you want to hide.

When you can already see all the items in your google photos account, browse through them, then select all those images and videos that you wish to be hidden.

4. When you’ve selected all of the items you want to hide, click “Done.”

After you’ve selected all the items you want to add to your archive folder, click “Done” to save all the changes made.

5. A pop-up window will appear and if you want to locate the hidden photos, click on “Go to Archive.”

In the pop-up window, you’ll be notified that you’ve archived the photos or videos successfully. If you want to check the folder or locate the files, click the “Go to Archive” button.

Keep Confidential Files Secured

You won’t know when someone will try to open your photo library and scroll through all the pictures you have there, right? So, it’s essential to keep all your important videos and images protected by hiding them or keeping them in an archive folder.

You can store as many media files as you like in the archive, as long as you still have enough storage in the app. That’s it for this guide; I hope you remembered these steps well!