iOS 16 provides extra protection for your iPhone's hidden photos

You will be able to access albums that were recently hidden or deleted As part of iOS 16, Apple will add a new feature to Photos that will make hidden and recently deleted albums more private.

According to Apple's iOS 16 features page, these albums will now be locked by default, but you can unlock them with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode starting with iOS 16.

It's hard to find those albums in iOS 15, but they're not protected. Consequently, anyone who has unwanted access to your phone can easily discover what's inside if they know where to look — which somewhat defeats the purpose of the Hidden album.

Unless you unlock your photos, people won't be able to view them in iOS 16. As a result, this new feature will also be available with the new iPad 16 and Mac OS Ventura software updates, which are all slated to become available this fall.

Apple introduced Safety Check, a feature that lets people end abusive relationships by rescinding their former partner's access to their information. The Photos improvements aren't the only privacy features in iOS 16.

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