While the Mac is a great operating system overall, it doesn’t offer an easy way for people to hide their movies (or any files for that matter). Whether it’s hiding your favourite guilty pleasure or *ahem* something else, it’s clear that users need a way of hiding video files – and where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here, we show you how you can hide movie purchases in iTunes, as well as hide movies, folders and other files on your Mac using Terminal and third party software.
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How to hide movies on a Mac: Hide purchased movies in iTunes
Got a hidden passion for Love Actually? Everybody has a hidden guilty pleasure when it comes to movies, and even though we think the cheesiest and most embarrassing movies should be celebrated, not everybody agrees. So, how do you hide specific Movie purchases in iTunes? The process is fairly easy, and should stop your embarrassing movie choices from appearing in your ‘Purchased’ tab.
- Open iTunes, click ‘Sign in’ and enter your Apple ID login information.
- On the right-hand side, click your name and select ‘Purchased’.
- Select ‘All’ from the menu at the top of the display – all of your purchased items should then appear.
- Find the movie that you want to hide from your collection and hold the cursor over the icon so that an ‘X’ appears in the corner.
- Click the ‘X’ and the item will be hidden.
To embrace and unhide your embarrassing movie purchases, first open iTunes, click your name and select Account Info. Once you’ve re-entered your password for verification, head to the ‘iTunes in the Cloud’ section and tap ‘Manage’ to the right of ‘Hidden Purchases’. Locate your hidden movie(s) and tap ‘Unhide’ beneath them to re-list them in your Purchased list.
It’s worth noting that this process doesn’t only work for movies – it’ll work with iBooks and apps too.
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How to hide movies on a Mac: Hide videos, pictures and other files in Finder
But what about movies downloaded outside of iTunes? There has to be a way to hide those files, right? Correct – although it’s not as straightforward as you might’ve hoped. The good news is that you can hide not only movies but pictures and other files on your Mac using Terminal, but requires a typing in a handful of commands.
Before we begin this method, it’s worth placing all the movies and other files you want to hide in a single folder – while not compulsory, it makes organising your hidden files a lot easier.
- Open Terminal – this can be done by pressing Command + Space to open Spotlight, typing Terminal and pressing Enter.
- Once Terminal has opened, type the following command without quote marks and with a space at the end: “chflags hidden”.
- Drag and drop the file/folder you want to hide into Terminal to generate its file path, then press Enter to run the command.
If you’ve followed our instructions correctly, the folder/file should then disappear from Finder. Don’t worry though as the folder/file has only been hidden from prying eyes, and is still in the same place you left it. To access the hidden files, do the following:
- Open a Finder window, tap Go > Go to Folder.
- Type in the path of the hidden folder (if you had a folder named SECRET on your desktop it’d be ~/Desktop/SECRET or if in your documents, it’d be ~/Documents/SECRET) and click Go.
- Your folder should then appear in Finder, ready for browsing. Once you’ve finished looking at your secret files, simply close the window and they’ll be hidden once again.
To permanently unhide the folder/files, open Terminal and type “chflags nohidden” along with a space at the end and drop the hidden folder (reveal it using the process above) into Terminal. Once the path has been entered, hit Enter to execute the command and reveal the folder once again.
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How to hide movies on a Mac: Third party software
While using terminal is an easy way to hide and reveal movies on your Mac, there is a more comprehensive option – but it isn’t free. Hider 2 is a paid app (with a free trial) that not only offers the ability to instantly hide files and folders but will also encrypt them and password protect them. This provides you with a high level of security – the security equivalent of locking your movies in a hidden safe built into your bedroom wall.
Once installed, the Hider 2 app will sit on the menu bar of your Mac awaiting use. To hide your movies, simply drag them from the finder onto the Hider 2 menu bar icon and the app will do the rest. To make it visible, simply click the icon and toggle the ‘Visible’ tag on. Open the full app interface for more options, including password protection and encryption.