Show Hidden Photos Mac [macOS Ventura/Monterey Tips]

Learn how to easily show hidden photos on your Mac running macOS Ventura or Monterey with these simple tips. Find out how to access and unhide your hidden photos with ease.

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Most people prefer hiding their photos due to privacy and security. However, you can hide your pictures and later fail to locate the hidden album or even forget the password. This post will guide you on how to show and Unhide hidden photos on Mac.

How to View and Recover Missing Photos on Mac

The main aim of hiding photos is to avoid them from being seen by others besides you. Once you select the images to hide, they will move to the hidden album.

Now, the point is, can you view your hidden album? If not, here is how to view your hidden photos on a Mac.

Step 1. In the menu bar, click "View."

Step 2. Select "Show Hidden Photo Album."

select show hidden albums

Step 3. On the sidebar, click "Hidden Album" to open it.

After following these steps, you can view the hidden photos. If some images are missing, you can use software to recover them.

The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is an outstanding and powerful software that comes in handy. It has reliable and secure advanced features to recover lost or accidentally deleted files on Mac.

This data recovery software tool for Mac repairs can recover deleted photos on Mac, videos, and even recover permanently deleted pictures. No matter the loss scenario - virus attacks, hardware failure, or a system failure; this outstanding software has you covered.

Follow the steps here to recover your lost photos with this powerful photo recovery software for Mac:

Note: You can create a backup by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. When the disk is damaged or the photos on the disk are accidentally lost, you can get the photos back from the backup image.

Step 1. Scan for lost photos

Select the location where your valuable photos were lost and click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location where you lost photos and click Search for lost files

Step 2. Select wanted photos

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately start a scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the photos you've lost earlier.

scan for lost photos on Mac

Step 3. Recover lost photos

Select the target photos and click the "Recover" button to get them back at once.

recover photos from Mac

Now, share this post with your friends and colleagues to help them locate and view lost photos:


How to Show Hidden Photos on Mac

If navigating your Mac to find hidden photos is time-consuming, you are in the right place. This post will guide you through different methods for showing hidden images on Mac.

But remember that showing hidden photos on Mac means that anybody with your login credentials can access them.

Method 1. Show Hidden Photos by Making the Photo Files Visible

The main reason you are not seeing your photos is because they are not visible. Therefore, you need to make them visible first.

Step 1. Open the "Terminal" icon.

Step 2. Type the following command and click "Return":

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

type the command in terminal

Step 3. Type killall Finder and click "Return."

After these steps, you can see the hidden folders and files in your Finder since you have made them visible.

Method 2. Use the Finder to Show Your Photos on Mac

You can show your hidden photos by navigating through the Finder.

Here is how to go about it!

Step 1. Open your Mac device and go to "Finder."

Step 2. Click "Go" to open a drop-down menu.

Step 3. On the drop-down menu, you select "Computer."

select computer

Step 4. Double-click on the "Macintosh HD" icon.

Step 5. Press "Shift + Command + period" simultaneously to show all hidden folders and files.

Method 3. Reveal Library Files and Folders to Show Hidden Photos

You can reveal the files and folders in the Library to show the hidden photos.

Step 1. Go to "Finder" on your Mac.

Step 2. Hold down the option key and click "Go" to make the Library visible.

Step 3. Click on "Library" while holding down the option key to open it.

click on library

Doing this lets you see all folders and files in the library. To make the Library permanently visible, drag it to the sidebar.

How to Unhide Photos on Mac

After seeing your hidden photos on Mac, think about how to unhide them and make them visible again. Depending on your desire, you can unhide one photo or several of them.

If you unhide all the hidden photos, the hidden album will not appear on the sidebar. But if you hide a picture, it will reappear on the sidebar. Follow the steps here to unhide your folders on Mac:

Step 1. In the menu bar, click "View."

Step 2. Select "Show Hidden Photo Album."

Step 3. Click the "Hidden Album" on the sidebar and provide your password to open it to display your hidden photos.

Here are the steps to guide you on how to unhide hidden photos!

1️⃣Unhiding one photo

Step 1. Go to the "Hidden Album" and provide your Apple ID or password to open it.

go to hidden album

Step 2. Choose the photo you want to unhide.

Step 3. Select the "More" option and click "Unhide."

2️⃣Unhide multiple photos simultaneously

Step 1. Open the "Hidden Album" and provide your Apple ID or password.

Step 2. Click the "Select" option at the top and pick all the photos you want to unhide.

Step 3. After picking, hit "More" and click "Unhide."

Final Words 

macOS devices can encounter corruption problems due to system crashes, an un-updated operating system, virus attacks, and more. This situation will render your data in a dangerous situation, and you may lose it. So, it's better to prevent the situation rather than wait until it happens. Use the Mac recovery software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to safeguard your data.

FAQs on Show Hidden Photos Mac

The following frequently asked questions and answers on the show Hidden Photos on Mac will aid you with more information.

1. How do I find my hidden photos on my Mac?

Hidden photos go to the hidden album; you can only find the images by displaying the album.

Here is how to find the hidden photos!

  1. Step 1. In the menu bar, click "View."
  2. Step 2. Select "Show Hidden Photo Album."
  3. Step 3. On the sidebar, click the "Hidden Album" and provide your password to open it to display your hidden photos

2. How do I show hidden photos?

Navigating through the finder to find your hidden photos is quite a hassle. To avoid all that, you can show your hidden images by:

  • Making the hidden folder or files visible.
  • Making the library visible.

3. Are hidden photos backed up to Mac?

Hidden photos are backed up on Mac if you had enabled the iCloud photos before hiding them. This is because the hidden photo will sync. However, the images won't be visible in the photo field unless you go to the hidden album.

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