If you have an iPhone, or pretty much any other smartphone, this is likely to be your go-to camera, always ready to go in your pocket. The iPhone camera is quick and simple to use, and you’ll have no problem snapping dozens of pictures on any given occasion—but the problems begin when you eventually want to organize the pile of digital pictures you’ve collected.
While phone cameras are getting better, storage prices are down, and social media sharing is now easier than ever, there are few limits when it comes to the number of photos you can take. If you’re not careful, your iPhone photo library can quickly become a cumbersome mess. That’s what we are here to stop.
You probably don’t want to waste days organizing your iPhone photos (and videos), but there are some simple, relatively quick steps you can take to keep everything in order. For the purposes of this guide we’re going to assume that you’re going to be using Apple’s own iCloud Photos to back up everything, although there are certainly options available (including Dropbox and Google Photos).
We’re also going to focus on the steps you can do on your phone. If you prefer to work on a larger screen, in iCloud Photos, you can do more or less the same thing on macOS or iPadOS. You can also access a limited number of functions through iCloud on the web.
check your library
First, make sure everything is working as it should: Open Settings on your iPhone, tap the name at the top, then tap iCloud And photos to make sure everything is being synced as it should be (the iCloud Photos toggle switch must be turned on). You get 5GB free, and everything else needs to be paid for.
Open the Photos app to view your library, which can be extensive. If you see different images you can’t live without, press and hold on them and select remove from library from the menu that appears. To wipe more than one picture at a time, tap choosing (top right), make your selection, then tap the trash can icon.
To make it a little easier to see the pictures you want to get rid of, tap the three dots (top right), then select filter, For example, you can hide all videos so that you only get pictures on screen. If you want to clear everything except the original images, it is also possible to show only the edited pictures. there is show map option on the same menu if you want to delete pictures by location.
set some albums
Albums can easily move your photo library around, and iCloud Photos actually creates automatic albums for you. Tap Albums and scroll down to view them. Screenshots are a folder of pictures that you might want to delete regularly, for example, assuming you don’t want to keep them for posterity.
To create an album of your own, tap , (plus) icon in the top left corner, then select new album, You will be asked to give your album a name, and then to select images to put in it. you can also choose new folder Instead new album: Folders can contain multiple albums, so they’re a way to add some more structure and proper hierarchy to your photo library.
Adding photos to an album means a little more work in terms of organization (either when you take a picture or a while later), but it can save you a lot of time when you need to re-find pictures, or a certain set of images. The group needs to be removed. To delete an album (which won’t delete the pictures inside it), tap albumthen see allthen edit,
find specific people
The Photos app on your iPhone tries to recognize the faces in your pictures, which can save you significant time and effort when looking for particular photos—whether you want to favorite or delete them. From the Photos app, tap album and then people To see the faces the app has recognized.
Tap a face to see all the pictures of that person stored in your library. You can give a specific name to a person by tapping on add name button at the top of the screen. You can also tap on the three dots (top right) and then Review Confirmed Photos To make sure this particular person is being matched with the right images.
You can tag faces in pictures if Photos hasn’t done it for you. Open the image in question in the Photos app, tap the info button at the bottom (“i” inside a circle), select the face you want to tag, then select tag with name, The faces recognized by the app should be shown in a series of small thumbnails ready for selection.
free up internal storage
With your precious photos securely synced to the cloud, you don’t need full-sized versions of these pictures taking up space on your iPhone. Open Settings in iOS, then tap photos And Optimize iPhone Storage To allow your smartphone to have only low-resolution copies of pictures on your actual device.
This setting only seems to take effect when your iPhone is running out of room in terms of internal storage, and original, full resolution copies of your pictures are safe and sound on iCloud servers. Whenever you need to get back the original photos, they’re just a quick download away.
Your iPhone is actually quite smart when it comes to deciding which photos (and videos) to compress. Once the space is exhausted, it will optimize the files you access at least before – chances are you’ll never notice that some pictures are no longer stored locally in their full resolution. are.
Check Individual App Settings
You might not want to place images from your other apps in your iCloud Photo Library, especially GIFs you’ve posted to your group chats and photos you’ve snapped and then accessed through third-party apps. Sent from – which could result in you ending up with two copies of the same image.
It’s a good idea to hunt through the various apps you have installed on your iPhone to make sure that images and videos aren’t being saved until you want them. We can’t cover all the individual apps you may have installed, but the setting shouldn’t be too difficult to find: Image editing and instant messaging apps are good places to start.
In WhatsApp, for example, tap Adjustmentthen chatturn again save to camera roll Toggle the switch to OFF – this ensures that pictures you send through the app aren’t automatically saved to your device, and uploaded from there to iCloud (where they’re stored in your carefully curated library) can be turned off quickly).
Sync photos from everywhere
You may want to sync photos from your iPhone as it is the device that is going to take most of the photos, but there may be times when you want to add pictures from other sources. If you have a Mac, you can import photos from other locations (such as a memory card) by selecting file And Import, These files are then synced to your iPhone as well.
If you do a lot of your photo management on Windows, give iCloud for Windows a look. It’s pretty basic in terms of functionality, but it makes it easy to drag and drop photos into your iCloud Photo Library and save them. syncs. the rest of your devices. Images can also be uploaded automatically from certain folders.
Images can be uploaded from anywhere on the web via iCloud, and there’s an import option available on your iPhone as well: You just need to attach a camera adapter or card reader to the Lightning connector on the phone, and that’s when you click the next photo. Open the app, an import option should appear.
This article has been updated since it was first published.