Disable iPad Picture Frame Mode For Better Photo Security [iOS Tips]

Disable iPad Picture Frame Mode For Better Photo Security [iOS Tips]

Reader James G writes,

I use the iPad’s locking feature requiring a 4-digit pin. The problem I was worried about is that the default setting has a button allowing you to see photos without knowing the 4-digit pin.

With the dozens of login names & passwords I’m required to remember, I often take a screenshot whenever I’ve created a new login or changed my password. So some of my “photos” are part of what I want to protect. Until recently I hadn’t realized that by default the pin didn’t block looking at the pictures.

I had looked and not found a way to turn that off, but after writing to you discovered there is a way to do it.

So, as James found out, there is, in fact, a way to keep your photos private when using the passcode security on an iPad, but you have to disable the default slideshow option first.

Tap to launch Settings on your iPad, and tap on the General tab in the left side panel. Scroll down till you see Passcode Lock. Tap there, and Turn Passcode On, if it isn’t already enabled. If it was enabled, you’ll need to enter your passcode here.

Notice where it says Picture Frame? Toggle that to off, and you’ll no longer need to worry about anyone seeing your photos if they don’t have your passcode. This is a great thing to know if you store passwords and such in photographic form, like James does.

Thanks for the email, James!

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