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3 Easy Ways to Passcode Lock Photos on iPhone

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2024-05-29 / Update for  Optimize iOS

Photos are a great way to capture memories. However, admit it, you probably have photos that you would rather keep to yourself. The only solution is by knowing the different methods of how to lock photos on iPhone. This article details the same.

Method 1: Lock Your Apps with Guide Access

Guided Access is the built-in feature on iPhone to prevent photographs, messages and other private information from leaking. It allows users to use only one app. So if others use your iPhone, you can restrict it and Photos app will not be accessed. And even if other uses your Photos App, you can draw an “allowed” area while blocking out everything else.

Guided Access can be enabled in the Accessibility section of the Settings and it works by triple-pressing your Side/Home button and then pressing the home button three times again will let you leave the app but only once you have entered your iPhone passcode.

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Method 2: Lock iPhone Photos with Screen Time Passcode

Guide access is not so convenient if you only want to lock Photos on iPhone while using other apps. The solution here is to set a time limit with the screen time passcode. You can only use the Photos app within time limit, and enter the passcode for further usage.

  • Open Settings on your iPhone and go to Screen Time > App Limits > Add Limit.
  • Photos app is included in the Creativity option. Tick it and choose Next.

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  • Set a time limit for the Photos apps and tap on “Done”.

Related Read: How to lock apps on iPhone without jailbreak

How to Remove the Forgot Screen Time Passcode with 4uKey (No data loss)

  • Download and install Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer. Launch the software, connect your iPhone to your computer.

  • On the main interface of the software. Select Remove Screen Time Passcode to start removing your passcode.

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  • Click on the Start Remove button. Make sure you have turned off Find My iPhone.

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  • It will remove the passcode in a few minutes. While setting up your device, select Don’t Transfer Apps & Data to avoid data loss, and choosing Set Up Later in Settings while setting up Screen Time.

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Method 3: Password Lock Your iPhone to Lock Photos

To secure iPhone information, you can password lock the whole iPhone. This act while help you keep not only pictures but all the other data safe in iPhone as the device cannot be opened up. Just go to Settings, General, Face ID & Passcode. The Turn Passcode On. You can set a 4/6-digit code or set a Face ID. Tap your security code and make sure to keep it in mind.

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Note: You always need to keep the codes in mind as it is not easy to gain access back once you forget the iPhone passcode. In this situation, you can also use the software - Tenorshare 4uKey we entioned in the last part, which can be use to remove the forgot screen passcode too.


With the methods above, you can easily password lock iPhone photos and protect your iPhone privacy. For data safety, Apple suggest people backup iPhone in case you lose data. Instead of using iTunes and iCloud, there are some third-party iPhone backup software, and Tenorshare iCareFone is the recommended one, as it is free to backup iPhone.