How to Safely Take Nude and Sexy Photos on Your iPhone or iPad

Keep your sensitive photos secure

Low Section Of Naked Woman Against Dark Background
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After the celebrity photo scandal, people started wondering if iCloud was a safe place to store your sexy photos. It's important to maintain the discretion of your photo collection, but it's not difficult to make sure you are keeping those photos safe.

Turn on Airplane Mode to Stop Auto-Uploads

This step will shut down all communication to and from the device, making it virtually unhackable and preventing photos from being uploaded to iCloud through My Photo Stream or iCloud Photo Library. Turning on Airplane Mode stops the photo from being uploaded to the internet before it is uploaded instead of you deleting after it is uploaded.

Here's how to turn on Airplane Mode:

  1. Drag down from the upper-right corner of your iPad screen to pull up the Control Center.

    Opening the control panel on iPad
  2. Tap the Airplane Mode icon to activate it.

    Airplane Mode
  3. Alternatively, you can turn on Airplane Mode by opening Settings and tapping the switch next to the setting.

    Airplane Mode switch on an iPad
  4. Next, take your photos or video. As long as Airplane Mode is on, they aren't going anywhere beyond your device.

After your photo session, transfer your photos before you turn Airplane Mode off. Transfer the images using iTunes by using the cable that came with your iPad to connect it to your PC and sync your iPad's photos, or copy them directly to your PC.

Delete the Photos from Your Device

The Photos app features a Recently Deleted folder, which keeps pictures around for 30 days after you delete them. So if you are planning to delete the photos before you turn Airplane Mode back on, remove them from both the Camera Roll and the Recently Deleted folder in the Photos app.

If your pictures are still in Photos when you turn Airplane Mode back on, your device will transfer them to iCloud's Photo Stream or Photo Library services if you have those features turned on.

Here's how to permanently delete images from your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Photos.

    Delete photos from iPad
  2. Tap the Albums tab, and then Camera Roll.

    Delete photos from iPad
  3. Tap Select.

    Delete photos from iPad
  4. Select all of the photos you want to delete. The ones you pick will get blue checkmarks next to them.

    Delete photos from iPad
  5. Tap the Trash can. Confirm that you want to delete the photos you've selected.

    Delete photos from iPad
  6. Tap Albums to go to the previous menu, and then scroll down to find the Recently Deleted album.

    The Recently Deleted album on an iPad
  7. Tap Select and either select the photos you want to remove and then tap Delete as you did before, or tap Delete All to empty the folder.

    Delete All option on an iPad
  8. Pictures you delete from the Recently Deleted album are gone permanently.

Turn off iCloud for Photos

The best way to make sure hackers can't access the photos you have stored on iCloud is to make sure the pictures never go there in the first place. Here's how to make sure your sensitive images stay out of the cloud.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap your name at the top of the screen.

    Apple ID menu in Settings on an iPad
  3. Tap iCloud.

    iCloud menu under Apple ID settings on an iPad
  4. Select Photos under the Apps Using iCloud heading.

    Photos setting under Apps Using iCloud
  5. Set the switch next to iCloud Photos to off/white.

    Turn off iCloud Photos in iCloud settings
  6. Turning off this option will stop you from accessing your pictures on other devices using your Apple ID, but it will keep them more secure.