Google Photos is rolling out a new name for its archive option

Google Photos logo on mobile screen
(Image credit: Jay Bonggolto / Android Central)

What you need to know

  •  Google appears to be renaming Photos’ Archive feature to “Hidden."
  • The name change was spotted on iOS, but it’s highly likely coming to Android as well.
  • Google Photos also now shows the “Backed up” section on Android.

Google Photos’ primary gallery view can be overwhelming if you’re someone who takes a lot of photos, but thanks to its Archive feature, hiding some of those photos or duplicate pictures is a breeze. Google now appears to be giving that feature a more appropriate name.

In what appears to be a minor update, Google Photos' Archive option is apparently being renamed "Hidden." 9to5Google spotted the name change when updating Photos for iOS to version 6.1. That said, it’s a safe bet that the change will also make its way to Android phones sooner rather than later.

Currently, when you open a photo and pull up the overflow menu, you’ll be greeted with an action bar that includes the option to move a photo to archive, among others. When the new update goes live on your account, you’ll see a prompt that says “Archive is now called Hidden.”

The Archive folder will be given the same treatment. It's worth noting that this is only a name change, so don't expect any functional changes. Furthermore, your hidden photos will remain visible in albums and search results.

While the new change appears to be modest, the goal seems to be to make it clear to users what the option is meant for. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the Hidden folder does not completely conceal your photos from prying eyes. To that end, you might want to enable and use Google Photos' Locked Folder.

In addition to the new name, Photos now displays the “Backed up” section on Android. This information had previously been made available on iOS and the web version. It displays the file size and backup quality of a photo.

Jay Bonggolto
News Writer & Reviewer

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He has been writing about consumer tech and apps for as long as he can remember, and he has used a variety of Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. Send him a direct message via Twitter or LinkedIn.