Dealing with private photos on an iPhone/iCloud

quackers82

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No idea which is the best forum as its to with 3 different devices really, but iPhone as my primary one for taking the photos on so i will go for this one.

My iPhone has got all my photos since late 2012 on it, and i have on external hdd from my pre-apple days lots of photos going back another 10 years. So i thought i would do a big tidy up as i have 200GB of iCloud drive and actually organise my photos into albums on iCloud as i like that my iPhone/iPad and Mac all have the same photos via this service.

Whats the best way to deal with photos you don't really want people to see if for example you were showing a family member one of the albums, and I don't want them accidentally coming across certain pictures or albums when browsing? but at the same time i need these photos to be available easily on each device. ( Lets just say when you are single and use certain apps, you share certain pictures and leave it at that . ;) )

Its not currently an issue as i don't let anybody ever use my devices whilst unlocked, but if i organise my photos properly as use it as a digital photo album there will be some occasions whilst one of my devices will be in the hands of others and the albums like to show a preview of there contents......
 

JimStumpy

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Jan 15, 2016
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No idea which is the best forum as its to with 3 different devices really, but iPhone as my primary one for taking the photos on so i will go for this one.

My iPhone has got all my photos since late 2012 on it, and i have on external hdd from my pre-apple days lots of photos going back another 10 years. So i thought i would do a big tidy up as i have 200GB of iCloud drive and actually organise my photos into albums on iCloud as i like that my iPhone/iPad and Mac all have the same photos via this service.

Whats the best way to deal with photos you don't really want people to see if for example you were showing a family member one of the albums, and I don't want them accidentally coming across certain pictures or albums when browsing? but at the same time i need these photos to be available easily on each device. ( Lets just say when you are single and use certain apps, you share certain pictures and leave it at that . ;) )

Its not currently an issue as i don't let anybody ever use my devices whilst unlocked, but if i organise my photos properly as use it as a digital photo album there will be some occasions whilst one of my devices will be in the hands of others and the albums like to show a preview of there contents......
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maka344

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Is there another options that will allow private pictures to be removed from the main galaries but accessible via other apps for sharing? That would be great so private pics are not backed up to iCloud or in the galary but can be used for sharing.
 

big samm

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Oct 27, 2008
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I use dropbox for these kind of pics!!
Not in my photo library and always available to me, plus you can keep pictures for offline use with dropbox and you can also put a password so no one but you can access them!
 

kmichalec

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I use dropbox for these kind of pics!!
Not in my photo library and always available to me, plus you can keep pictures for offline use with dropbox and you can also put a password so no one but you can access them!
But by saving them up to Dropbox, you are uploading a copy of them up to Dropboxes server, which means Dropbox has a copy of them. While I would like to hope they aren't looking through your pictures, you really need to hope Dropbox never gets hacked and files stolen.
 

maxsix

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But by saving them up to Dropbox, you are uploading a copy of them up to Dropboxes server, which means Dropbox has a copy of them. While I would like to hope they aren't looking through your pictures, you really need to hope Dropbox never gets hacked and files stolen.
What you've just written applies to:

iCloud
OneDrive
Box
Amazon Cloud

Or any other cloud storage

Use local storage and stay private.
 

rijc99

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Apr 27, 2015
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You can hide pictures on iOS. Just make sure the pictures are not in an album
But it still shows up in the master folder. Just not in the left most photos tab. It also shows up in the correct but horribly named folder ("Hidden"). A folder with this name practically screams "OPEN ME".
 

kmichalec

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What you've just written applies to:

iCloud
OneDrive
Box
Amazon Cloud

Or any other cloud storage

Use local storage and stay private.
That was exactly my point. And why I wouldn't even think of saving "private" pics on any of those sites as well....
 

MrGuder

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Nov 30, 2012
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Haven't you been watching the news? Just don't pass your phone around to look at your pictures albums and put a passcode lock on your phone. All that is free and no additional app needed.