How to Access Hidden Photos on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Do you have hidden photos on your Mac that you can’t seem to find? Don’t worry, accessing hidden photos on Mac is easier than you think. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to locate and view your hidden photos effortlessly.

Step 1: Open Finder

To begin, open Finder by clicking on the Finder icon located in the Dock or by pressing Command + Space and typing “Finder” in the Spotlight search bar.

Step 2: Go to the Pictures Folder

Once in Finder, navigate to the “Pictures” folder. You can do this by clicking on “Go” from the menu bar at the top of your screen, then selecting “Home” and finally choosing “Pictures”.

Step 3: Access Hidden Photos

Now that you are in the Pictures folder, it’s time to access your hidden photos. Follow these steps:

  1. Show Hidden Files

    To reveal hidden files and folders, press Command + Shift + Period (.) simultaneously. This keyboard shortcut toggles between showing and hiding hidden files in Finder.

  2. Navigate to Hidden Photos

    Once you have enabled the visibility of hidden files, look for a folder named “Hidden”. This folder contains all your hidden photos.

  3. Select and Open Hidden Photos

    • Selecting a Single Photo: If you want to view a single photo, simply double-click on it. The photo will open in Preview or any other default photo viewer you have set on your Mac.
    • Selecting Multiple Photos: To view multiple hidden photos, press and hold the Command key on your keyboard while clicking on each photo you want to view. Once selected, either double-click on one of the photos or right-click and choose “Open”.

Step 4: Hide Photos Again (Optional)

If you want to hide the photos again after viewing them, follow these steps:

  1. Show Hidden Files

    Press Command + Shift + Period (.) again to hide the hidden files in Finder.

  2. Move Hidden Photos Back

    • Moving a Single Photo: If you want to move a single photo back to being hidden, simply drag and drop it into the “Hidden” folder.
    • Moving Multiple Photos: To move multiple photos back into the “Hidden” folder, select them by pressing and holding the Command key while clicking on each photo. Then, drag and drop them into the “Hidden” folder.


In conclusion, accessing hidden photos on your Mac is a simple process that involves enabling visibility of hidden files in Finder and navigating to the “Hidden” folder within your Pictures directory. Remember to hide the photos again if needed by toggling off the visibility of hidden files. Now that you know how to access your hidden photos, you can easily find and view them whenever necessary!

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