iOS 8 (Photos, Hide Photo 001)iOS 8 (Photos, Hide Photo 002)

In addition to headline new features, we continue to discover tons of minor but welcomed changes in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that you’ll no doubt love when these operating system upgrades launch for public consumption this Fall.

One of such gems is the ability to hide images from the Photos app. The stock Photos app in iOS 7 introduced a fresh design and brought new photo grouping layouts.

Now, though iOS generally makes it easy to create on-device albums and add photos to an album, up until now there was no way of hiding photos from the main view…

It couldn’t be simpler: just tap and hold on a photo in the Photos app and choose Hide from a pop-up and confirm. As evidenced on the screenshots iDownloadBlog reader Carlos Rezende sent in, choosing Hide makes the photo hidden from Moments, Collections and Years.

Oddly enough, it won’t hide the photo from Albums so if you’ve previously added an image to an album, choosing Hide won’t temporarily remove it from the album view.

Still, it’s a nice addition to the arsenal of features in the stock iOS 8 Photos app.

Among other enhancements to Photos in iOS 8: new editing tools, search by date/time/location/album name with smart suggestions, iCloud sync of the full libraries (videos + full resolution photos) across all devices (a feature aptly named iCloud Photo Library), support for third-party filters and editing tools and more.

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  • Damian

    I am trying Yosemite now and I am loving it,

    It does not have all the feature Apple showed us, but it feels fresh and new,

    Still buggy but very much so useable. So fat apps are working and nothing crashes.

    The only problem is lag and jerkiness but they are not so obvious

    • Jeffrey

      Exactly. Here OS X Yosemite works perfectly fine, only some things are a little bit bugged but nothing annoying. I have a Retina Macbook Pro with a high end graphics card and notification center still lags when I open it so that’s something they should work on…

      • Ricky

        I hope when its out from beta. No lag can be found

      • Damian

        I think Mac will be fine.

        The biggest disappointment was when I discovered how laggy iOS 7 was on iPhone 4.

        Basically with forcing users to upgrade to iOS 7, Apple killed iPhone 4 for good. Once smooth and reliable phone till iOS 6.

      • richard bryant

        Apple creates new updates such as iOS 7 and they format it for the 4 inch screens (iPhone 5,5S,5C) so it will make the older devices seem obsolete and force u to upgrade. Plus the lithium ion batteries usually only take around 500 charges so it’s not meant to last you too many updates. But that’s apples way of getting you to buy the newest stuff.

      • eXoguti093

        My 4s’ battery has about 700 charge cycles haha

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      • Markus Hudobnik

        Ios 7 actually did wonders for the iPhone 4. I have so many friends that upgraded theirs from 6 to 7 and there was an increase in speed and less lag

      • Jeffrey

        Well that is just no true! I had an iPhone 4 with iOS 7 and it was unusable!


        Was this on 7.0.x because apple improved iphone 4 stability in 7.1.x

      • Jeffrey

        Yes it was on 7.0 but I’m sure iOS 7.1 isn’t faster and less laggy than iOS 6…

      • Jeffrey

        I hope so too, and I’m confident that it will be lag-less.

      • eXoguti093

        I really hope they fix it for the 13in models, it lags so much at HiDPI, I know it’s only a dev preview but it’s not like Mavericks wasn’t a big laggy either, the difference between the stuttering and being completely smooth while in non-hidpi is huge

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah I know, but I’m confident that Apple will fix this lag before the final version. iOS 7 Beta 1 was a huge difference in lag compared to the Golden Master too.

  • TheShade247

    When i delete my photo they go into deleted items or something… And i delete from that they still stay there. They made it so confusing O.o

    • Elias Chao

      “The photos will be hidden from Moments, Collections and Years, but still visible in Albums”, this is what the right photo says 🙂

  • Straw hat

    iOS looks great but at the moment i feel there is nothing that could make me jump to iOS 8 so quickly. There are tweaks that are so handy that iOS 8 won’t have.

    Auki/bitesms (yes ios 8 has the quick reply but not quick compose)
    Smart tap (love that tweak)

    • rockdude094

      Virtual home, hidden settings, nitrous, jelly lock, protube, cctoggles, tinybar, zeppling, bridge and activator are also in the mix

    • Damian

      I think the main incentive to jump to iOS 8 would be when you have OSX Yosemite together with iOS 8. These two working together side by side are very compelling.

      There was nothing like this before

    • Matt

      The “greyscale” in iOS 8 works as good as f.lux

    • Concerning “Quick Compose”, although it’s not the same as Bite Sms, iOS 8 offers a quick access to your most recent contacts using double click on home button. From there, you can quickly call or text one of these contacts.
      Very usefull !

      • RarestName

        It never made sense to me. Why double click the home button and then search through the recent contacts, when I can just click on the home button once and open the phone app? The recent contacts look a little out of place in the app switcher.

  • Framboogle

    Great! Now I can hide all those pictures of “birthday presents” from others. 😉

  • David Gitman

    Its time to hide my photos

  • sriram varadarajulu

    you call that hiding? it shouldn’t be seen in the albums as well!

    • Damian

      It is more like removing it from one location and it still visible in two other locations


    • Elias Chao

      So, where do you suggest to be hidden photos?

      • NekoMichi Kobayashi

        They should be moved to a dedicated album marked unsubtly with “HIDDEN PHOTOS” as the title in block capitals.

      • Elias Chao

        LOL! What would be the purpose to hidden the photos at the first time?

  • Donovan

    I still want something like; when move a pic to an album, the pic will only be in that album. My cam roll is so full with stuff :'(

    • Damian

      Yeah Apple seems to like to confuse us and themselves. I don’t know why we have duplicate pictures on one phone.

  • jack

    Can anyone condensate all new iOS8 features in the Wikipedia article please?

  • Matt Taylor

    Give us a way to MOVE photos rather than just create shortcuts in albums! I suppose this is a round about way to achieve the same thing but only if it provides a way to select multiple pics to hide!? Otherwise one could sit there all day hiding pic by pic by pic… 200 photos an hour later lol…

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    So how do you go about unhiding. If it doesn’t require a password of Some sort it is kind of pointless.

  • Michael

    In iOS 8 you can now insert photos in the stock notes app. Its pretty cool 🙂

    • Straw hat

      Could you post a pic on how it looks? Sounds cool

  • Héctor Viveros

    pr0n! but what about stream? Is it still gonna go over mi iDevices?

  • GrapeFruit

    great now i can hide my upskirt shots

  • abhi0n0nakul

    can someone please register my udid, im student in india no paypal and no credit card


  • Jordan

    How do you unhide a photo?

  • JayDee917

    I miss being able to fingerprint lock certain folders. This is a lame attempt at hiding pictures if it’s still visible in albums.