How to Lock an Album on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

To protect your privacy and keep your personal photos secure, it’s important to know how to lock an album on your iPhone. By using the built-in features of iOS, you can easily safeguard your sensitive or private images. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Open the Photos App

First, locate and open the Photos app on your iPhone’s home screen. The Photos app allows you to view and manage all of the photos and albums stored on your device.

Step 2: Create a New Album

To lock specific photos, you’ll need to create a new album. Tap on the Albums tab located at the bottom of the screen. Then, tap on the + icon in the top-left corner to create a new album.


If you already have an existing album that you want to lock, skip this step and proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Add Photos to the Album

In this step, select the Add Photos & Videos option and choose the photos you want to include in your locked album from your camera roll. Once you’ve made your selection, tap on Add.

Step 4: Lock the Album with a Password

To lock access to this newly created or existing album, go back to the Albums tab and locate it. Then, tap on Select, which is located in the top-right corner of your screen.

This will allow you to select multiple albums at once. After selecting one or more albums, tap on the Share icon, represented by a square with an upward arrow.

In the options that appear, scroll down until you find Lock. Tap on it to proceed.

If it’s your first time using this feature, you’ll be prompted to set a password. Enter your desired password and verify it. You can also use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock the album if your device supports these features.

Step 5: Accessing and Unlocking the Locked Album

From now on, whenever you want to access your locked album, you’ll need to go to the Albums tab and locate it. Instead of tapping on it directly, tap on the thumbnail image that appears blurred.

You’ll be prompted to enter your password or use Touch ID/Face ID. Once authenticated, you’ll have full access to view and manage the photos within the locked album.


If you want to change or remove the lock from an album in the future, follow Steps 4 and 5 again. Instead of choosing Lock, select either Change Password or Unlock.

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  • If you’re concerned about forgetting your password or losing access to your locked album, make sure to enable iCloud Keychain in your device settings. This will securely store your password and allow you to recover it if necessary.

Congratulations! You now know how to lock an album on your iPhone using iOS’s built-in security features. By following these steps, you can keep your personal photos protected from prying eyes while still having easy access whenever needed.

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