How to Limit Photos App Access in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

Frequent concerns among iPhone users revolve around identifying the apps that can reach their Photos collection and the degree of access granted. Apple has effectively tackled this issue in iOS 17.

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Frequent concerns among iPhone users pertain to app permissions for accessing their Photos collection and the degree of access granted. Apple has effectively tackled this issue with the introduction of iOS 17, wherein they have overhauled the way access is granted to the Photos app library. This enhancement introduces three alternative levels of control: None, Limited, and Full Access. The following article will elucidate the process of restricting app access to Photos on both iPhone and iPad devices.

How to Limit Access to Photos for Apps on iPhone and iPad

  1. The first time a new or already installed app asks for permissions to access the Photos app, you will see a warning.
  2. Select one of these options from the prompts about that app’s access to your Photos app:
    • Limited Access: The application possesses the ability to solely reach the pictures you designate.
    • Allow Full Access: The application will be enabled to reach all pictures within the Photos app.
    • Don’t Allow: The application will face refusal to access the Photos app.

How to Restrict Photos App Access From iOS Menu

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Navigate to the desired app you wish to limit.
  3. Select the Photos option.
  4. Select the type of access you want to define:
    • Limited Access: The application possesses the ability to solely reach the pictures you designate.
    • Allow Full Access: The application will be enabled to reach all pictures within the Photos app.
    • Don’t Allow: The application will face refusal to access the Photos app.


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