How to hide photos on Android 13? A step-by-step guide

By the end of January 2023, close to around 6% of smartphones are onboarded with Android 13. While it might sound that only a handful of devices are running Android 13, many more devices are here to get the update in the coming months. With most people using their smartphones to capture everyday memories these days, it becomes really important to hide certain photos and videos from others, as we all need some space exclusively for ourselves.

While there are apps that can help you get first hands-on privacy by hiding photos and videos on your Android, I am here today with the best guide on how to hide photos on Android 13. If you are lucky enough to own a smartphone with the latest version of Android, you will no longer have to worry about others seeing your precious memories. Here’s another guide on how to hide photos on Android 12.

So, without any further delay, let’s get started with how you can hide photos on Android 13 without downloading any extra app. Don’t worry, if you are still running an older version of Android as it is likely to work with most older versions of Android, as well.

Setting up the locked folder to hide photos on Android 13

Open Google Photos, which comes pre-installed with most Android handsets, and then tap on the ‘Library’ tab. In the ‘Library’ tab, tap on ‘Utilities’.

The last option should be ‘Locked Folder’ as shown in the screenshot below. Just tap on it.

While setting up the locked folder for the first time, authenticate with your fingerprint or any other security mechanism that is set up on your phone.

Just authenticate, and you are ready to go. The first step for how to hide photos on Android 13 is now ready.

As you are setting Locked Folder for the first time, you won’t find any items here.

Now, that the locked folder is set up, let’s find out how to actually hide photos on Android 13.

How to hide photos on Android 13

Let’s find out how to hide photos on Android 13 using the Locked Folder feature on Google Photos.

Now that the locked folder is set up, select the photos in the ‘Photos’ tab, and the last option in the pop-up menu should be ‘Move to Locked Folder’. Just tap on that option.

In the next step, confirm the process by tapping on the ‘Move’ button in the confirmation message.

Based on the number of photos and videos, and their size, the operation might take some time.

After the operation is complete, you can go to the ‘Locked Folder’ again to see the hidden photos and videos.

Library > Utitilies > Locked Folder

To see the contents in the locked folder you first have to authenticate.

Moving photos and videos out of the locked folder, or deleting them

If you change your mind, you can get the photos back from the locked folder to the original location by selecting the photos and videos, followed by tapping on ‘Move’.

You can also delete the photos directly from the locked folder in Google Photos, by selecting the photos and then using the ‘Delete’ option.

So, that’s how to hide photos on Android 13, without any third-party app. By hiding the photos on your device using Google Photos, they won’t hide automatically on the other devices, if the photos and videos are backed up, and you are signed in with the same Google account on other devices. The photos and videos are hidden just locally on the device where you are carrying out these operations. 

Photos and videos in the locked folder won’t be uploaded or backed up to Google Photos, as well.

Hope the guide on how to hide photos on Android 13 was useful for you. Do you have any questions? Feel free to comment on the same below.