2/21/08

iPhone Photo Albums

Photo Albums is where you store pictures on your iPhone. When you first open up the Photo Albums application, you get a list of the different albums available. Camera Roll will contain the pictures you have taken on your iPhone. Photo Library will contain all of the photos you have choosen to sync with your iPhone using iTunes.
(Also see: MacMost Now 485: Creating iPhone Photo Albums, MacMost Now 432: iPhone Camera Apps, MacMost Now 416: iPhone 4 Cameras and the complete list of iPhone OS video tutorials.)

iPhone Photo Albums
You will also see any other photo albums you have choosen to sync. To create a photo album, use iPhoto. Then, go to iTunes with your iPhone plugged in, select your iPhone and choose the Photos tab. You can select to have all of your photos and albums synced, or only a few. You can also use Smart Albums, that will have selections based on search criteria, such as the most recent photos.
iTunes Photos Tab
When you select an album to view from the Photo Albums page, you will be taken to a Photo Library page. This will show all the photos in the album, and allow you to scroll through it. You can also press a Play button at the bottom of the screen to start a slideshow.
iPhone Photo Library
If you press on a photo, you will be taken to a close view of that photo. You can now use arrows at the bottom of the screen to look at the next or previous picture. You can also press the Play button to start the slideshow. If you are looking at the Camera Roll, you will also see a Trash Can button that you can use to throw away the picture.
iPhone Photo Picture
At the bottom of the picture, in the left corner, is a small button that will bring up some more functions. You can choose to have the picture used as you iPhone wallpapge, you can email the photo, assign it to a contact, or send it to a Web Gallery that you had previous set up with your .Mac account and iPhoto.
iPhone Photo Functions

If you make it a habit of taking pictures of your friends and business contacts, and then assigning their pictures to contacts on your iPhone, you will soon have a good library of contact images. These will not only be used when you get a call on your iPhone from that person, but also in the iPhone and your Mac’s Mail program, and even iChat on your Mac.

206 Responses to “iPhone Photo Albums”

  1. bie says:

    how to create the iphone library in itunes? i really need to manage my albums in this iphone 3g. i just dont know how. need a clear step on how to do it. thanks.

    • Louise says:

      Hi everyone, I can upload pictures to my iphone fine, its just they wont turn the right way.. i have turned them in the folder but they wont when loaded on iphone.. can anyone help???

      Thanks

  2. rosenz says:

    The best way to do it is to create a new album in iPhoto called “iPhone” or something like that. Then put in it only the photos you want to transfer to your iPhone. Then set your iPhone in iTunes to sync only that album and nothing else.

  3. JS says:

    HI,
    great tip, this one, but I have a query…
    following a recent hard disc crash on my iMac, I have a photo library of 500 odds photos from before the crash. I’ve not been able to recover any data from the drive crash, so was wanting to transfer these photos back to iPhoto. Of course, iPhoto syncs with iPhone, but I’m not sure if it can sync these previous (not on camera roll) photos back into iPhoto. I’m currently emailing them one at a time back to my mail address… Is ther a faster and more efficient way to do this transfer? (I’ve also tried some apps like iPhonerip, but under the photo import setting, there is no info – ie, “0kb on disc”, when I know that I have photos stored…)
    Hoping that this post is understandable, and that there is a solution…

    • jay says:

      please help i have the same problem!!!

      • One of the problems is that there are no full copies of these photos on your phone. They have been shrunk and compressed so they don’t take up too much space. So you can’t get your originals back, only small copies. And if you email them it is worse because they are compressed even more to be sent in an email. There are some programs out there that claim to be able to do this, but I’ve never used them. Do a Google search for it.
        As for everyone else: This is why it is so critical that we all use Time Machine to back up. Your photos alone make it worth the cost of a hard drive.

        • hemiata singh says:

          i also had the same problem. lost my photos on my pc and needed to transfer from i phone to pc. i found an app to help with this. its called PHOTO PRIVACY by linkus.u can transfer all photos from your albums to the app , then hook the phone up to your pc. when u hooked up go to photo privacy, select all the photos u need from a particular album and the click export to i tunes. when u go to the apps section in i tunes, go to apps that allow sharing and click on photo privacy. u should find your exported pics there. click save and choose or create a folder to save your pics.if u dont have enough space on the i phone to transfer the pics to photo privacy then u may need to delete movies , music etc by syncing. lol…. i wish sum1 would jus create a easier way to transfer material from i phone to pc and vice versa. hope this helps some1 :)

      • dave-O says:

        me too =(

  4. rosenz says:

    JS: Have you thought about taking the phone to the Apple Store? Make an appointment at a Genius Bar and see if they can help. Otherwise, look for another 3rd-party solution since that one didn’t work. Keep in mind that emailed photos are smaller than the ones on the phone itself, so emailing might not be a good solution at all.
    Another idea is to use the Preview app on your Mac. Open up Preview, plug in your iPhone, and choose File, Import Image.

  5. TU says:

    JS: Have you found a solution to your problem? I have the exact same problem…accidently deleted all photos from my Mac and want to transfer the synced photos from my iphone back onto my computer but am afraid to loose them in a sync back…any thoughts or solutions??
    Thanks!!!

    • Lee says:

      Simply connect iPhone 2 computer via wire. Cancel sync using slide on ur iPhone. Open my computer on PC or click iPhone icon on mac and then drag and drop photos from window to other folder. iPhone let’s u export but not import in this manner. Hope this helps.

      • sharon says:

        can I just say thank you very much i have been trying to figure thiis out, and no one has understood the question,thanks so much!!!

  6. Richard Owen says:

    Hey not tried this but at least its a thought turn of the sync in itunes for the photos to make sure that it doesnt get deleted then plug your phone in and open up iphoto. My iphone appears in there as a camera and I can import the images in from there like a normal camera

  7. deepak says:

    how can i implement iPhoto album in my iphone application, acutely i like to implement a slide show in my iphone application, but i have no idea about that, please guide me how can i do that.

  8. rosenz says:

    deepak: An album is just a collection of photos. Create one in iPhoto and then in iTunes, while syncing your iPhone, select to sync that album under the iPhone photos. Then, to view it ias a slideshow in the iPhone, just view the album and press the “play” button.

  9. Greg Richardson says:

    Yes , all well and good … but what about windows users ????
    No such thing as iPhoto in windows … is there ?

  10. se13311 says:

    if you are windows users you can try “utunephoto” that can manipulate your photo albums or camera roll.

  11. B says:

    I have taken some pictures straight onto the contact’s info and can’t seem to find where the picture is actually “stored.” I would like to use these pics for other things, posting, emailing etc. How do I access these photos to transfer them?

    -B

    • rosenz says:

      They don’t appear in your “Camera Roll” as well? If not, then they may not be in a place you can easily access.

      • B says:

        Nope not on the “Camera Roll” either. I’ll try Mac support. Note to self, take pictures of people using normal camera mode and then put them on contacts hehe.

    • A!ex says:

      On the contact page where you see the desired photo, touch the photo and hold your finger on it for a bit. You should get a “Copy” & “Paste” option above it. If you select “Copy” you can paste the photo in Mail after you’ve started composing a new message and send it.

      Note: make sure you’re not in the Edit mode of the contact page because it won’t work there.

  12. Lyn says:

    I was wondering if it is possible to remove the Photo Library feature?

    • Remove it? You mean delete the app? You can’t delete the default iPhone apps. You can just put them on the last page of your apps if you like.

  13. Beef Stee says:

    Can you do any of this pky hot iPhone cause I only have pics on my computer from my iPhone and they are all in one big photo album and I want to slipt them up can I to that with a windows computer?

    -BS

  14. cindee says:

    any news on moving photos NOT in camera roll from the iphone 3g back onto a macpro computer?? all originals were lost…..please help!!!

    • You can always email them to yourself, though I believe the images get compressed when you do that. If they are critically important, I’d consult with an expert to get them off the phone in their original format.

  15. Hannah m says:

    You could preview those photos and then press the sleep/wake and home buttons simultaneously which would take a photo of that photo an it would be saved in your camera roll?? I unfortunately have the same problem and I’ve had to either email them or use flikit or flikr

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  17. Richard Reed says:

    Is there a way of setting a passcode on the camera album folder on the iphone??

    I already have the passcode set up when you unlock the phone, but can I put another on the photo album? Thanks

  18. Tee says:

    I used Image Capture to download the pictures in the Camera Roll album. The quality isn’t so bad. Around 700 KB each.

  19. guy Lewis says:

    Hi I dont have a delete function within my Photo Library. Nor does it appear as a sync option in iTunes.

    The only options I have are to email the photo, assign to Contact or use as wallpaper. There is no way I can actually delete via iphone or via iTunes. Very odd and very obscure..

    • You can’t delete pictures that you synced from your Mac. You remove them by not syncing them. In iTunes you decide which photo albums you sync, or to sync all. In iPhoto you can create photo albums. SO if you only want certain pictures to sync to your iPhone, then create a custom photo album in iPhoto and set iTunes to only sync that one photo album.

  20. mnscubadiver says:

    How do I delete phone photos out of my “Photo Library” folder?

    • You do that in iPhoto and iTunes. Use iTunes to determine which albums are synced between your Mac and iPhone. Use iPhoto to determine which photos are included in those albums.

      • shahid says:

        Hi could you clarify. I have the iphone 4, i currently have 3 albums they are called: camera roll, photo album and kinks. i want to delete the kinks album, i dont have a mac only a pc – windows xp and i am useless at these kind of things.

  21. debs says:

    help, can anyone to tell me how to transfer my pictures from PHOTO LIBRARY (in iphone) to my xp? lost all my photos but can’t transfer pictures from the LIBRARY only pictures from CAMERA ROLL.

    • The library contains small copies of the photos on your Mac/PC — not the originals. You can email them to yourself, but you only get those small copies. I’m afraid that you lost the originals if you lost them from your PC — that’s the only place the originals would have been stored.

      • debs says:

        thanks mr. gary, am now starting to email the
        pictures to myself, so far so good. thanks for
        the information.

  22. Gene sparks says:

    My iPhone camera is allow’n me to take pictures and video but I’m not able to view photos or video. In my albums. What can I do to solve this problem thanks

    • They should appear in your “camera roll” do you see them there?

      • sam says:

        I too have the same problem seemed to occur after I installed the find phone app from mobileme.

        I can take pics and sync pics to albums and can access the photos if I want to attached to a text but when I go into Photos on the iphone it just shows the albums but I can’t access the photos

  23. Chamberlain says:

    In the Photo Library you have all your pictures and you also have your folders(that means…pictures are duplicated). What can I do to NOT have duplicated pictures?

    • Not sure what you mean. Do you mean “albums” not “folders” — albums don’t duplicate photos. The photos are only stored on your hard drive once. The albums are collections that point to the same photos in your “Events.” Like when you have songs in iTunes and can list them all by song, but you can also look at the songs on an album. The song is only there once, the album gives you another way to view some of them.

    • Dan Mason says:

      Chamberlain – know what you mean, I’m having the same question. You don’t want hundreds of photos duplicated in the albums and under Photo Library. Photo library seems to have the compiled set of ALL photos in all albums. I’ve been looking into this too. Sounds like you also are trying to minimise precious disk space so you can fit more photos on! But here’s the thing – Like Gary says, I don’t actually think there are 2 duplicate copies, so it’s not taking up disk space. It’s just viewing them in an alternative ‘album’ which happens to be called Photo library, similar to an Itunes playlist. When I unchecked an album in iTunes to sync, it also removed it from my “photo libary” album.

  24. Steve says:

    Hi thanks for this site. Very useful for a non-techie like me trying to enjoy my iphone.

    I saved images from google image search to my photo library, some of which I use for wallpaper. But some now I want to delete. But there is no delete option unlike in camera roll. Help! How can i delete them?

    • You don’t delete them from the iPhone. You delete them in iPhoto — or, more precisely, you remove them from the list of albums or events that are set to set from with your iPhone.

  25. unkwnown says:

    i m having a problem, i cant see the photos on my i phone?? what shud i do to coreect it?

  26. April says:

    Okay, so I created a folder on windows XP and synced it to my iPhone but now when I open photos, it flashes the albums and then just shows a screen that does nothing…any suggestions?

  27. echoch says:

    I am a Windows user and I have an iPhone4. The photos I’ve been taking had been going into an album called “camera roll” and I could access the album on the albums page on the iPhone. For some reason, the album has disappeared and I no longer have any albums. I found that I can see the camera roll if I click on the camera and then click on the “last photo” in the bottom right. All my photos appear here.

    But I would like to see them when I click on “photos”.

    How do I get the camera roll “album” back? How do I create new albums?

    thanks for your help…

    Eric

    • Have you tried some of the basics: restarting your iPhone? Syncing your iPhone with your PC? Are you sure you have selected “Albums” at the bottom (not Events, Faces or Places?)

  28. Mary Chimenti says:

    Why do you have to sinc on iTunes to create a new album? Why can’t we create it on the phone itself?

    • Well, my guess would be since iPhoto is a much better tool for arranging your photos, that it is all done on there. The iPhone just shows you the albums you have synced. If you could also do it on your iPhone, then you’d have to have a whole system for determining which set of albums to use: the ones on your Mac or the ones on your iPhone.

    • Ashley P says:

      Money my friend! Everything with the iphone is about making money. Have to buy an app for this, have to buy an app for that… All to make the phone more user friendly. Any other phone works just as you would expect. I can make a new folder or camera album on my Nokia, transfer music, data and photos without any loss to quality, with utter simplicity. And I didn’t have to buy an app to do any of that. Funny that aint it? Mugs phone, sorry guys. Much better handsets out there that can do exactly the same, if not better, anyway.

  29. Michelle says:

    How do I transfer all the pictures in the Camera Roll to my PC? I have around 600 pictures and I dont want to email them one by one. Is there an easy way to do this?
    When I plug in the iPhone to my PC I get a message that a camera has been recognized, but I am not able to do anything about it, I can not access the Camera Roll from my PC. Thanks!!

    • When you say “PC” what exactly do you mean. If you mean a Mac, then just run iPhoto and you can import your camera roll photos I to your iPhoto library. If you mean Windows, then I’m not sure (this is MACmost) but I believe you should get an auto play prompt asking you what you would like to do and one of those options would be to import photos. If you aren’t getting the auto play prompt, then try right clicking on the icon of you iPhone when it is connected and there should be an option to import photos.

  30. Lucy says:

    I have just gone to sync some latest pictures to my iphone but when I go to my Itunes on my Mac, all my photo albums are listed as usual but all the pictures have disappeared?? Can anyone tell me why or how to correct this please?
    Thanks

  31. Linda says:

    I used a friend’s iphone charger last night, but it turned out it wasn’t just his charger. He had it connected to his computer. So now my iphone has about 10,000 photos in albums on iphoto! I do not know how to delete albums from iphoto and I am afraid to sync with my computer for fear all 10,000 will now go on my computer. How can I delete these damn photo albums???

    • Photos won’t transfer from your iPhone to your computer unless they were taken on the iPhone. So sync back with your computer and examine the photos options carefully so you clear out your friends photos.
      In the future, note that when you connect to another computer it will prompt you for instructions — you must have hit “yes” to allow it to sync those other photos.

      • Linda says:

        Actually I did not click on yes, but the reason it synched was that I had not clicked on a box under “devices” in itunes that only allows manual syncing — it just automatically synced without my permission therefore.
        I am going to have to go to an Apple store and have them help me transfer the albums to my Mac and then delete them from there and re-sync. This is a real flaw in the iphone 4 — that you cannot delete photos from phone albums.

        • There should have been some sort of confirmation before the photos were transferred since your iPhone was not set to sync with that Mac. Perhaps you missed it? Or your friend just hit Return?
          You don’t need to transfer those to your Mac. Just sync with your Mac, and set the photos to sync as well (you don’t need to choose any photos).

  32. Micky says:

    I’m having a problem with create my photo albums, i try what you told me and i press apply but when it sync it just sync nomaly nothing happend? can you help me pls..

  33. Micky says:

    I follow the step that you show me, and it works on my friends iphone but when it come to my iphone it didn’t work. do i need a special apps for create albums photo Gary?

    • You create albums on your Mac in iPhoto, not on the iPhone. If your friends have albums on their phones, it is because those albums were created on their Macs or PCs and then synced that way to the iPhone via iTunes.

  34. shahid says:

    I have the iphone 4, i currently have 3 albums they are called: camera roll, photo album and kinks. i want to delete the kinks album, i dont have a mac only a pc – windows xp and i am useless at these kind of things.

    • Sync your iPhone with iTunes. Go to the Photos tab. There you should see which “albums” (folders, probably) you have set to sync. Uncheck “kinks” and then sync again.

  35. Kym De Vera says:

    Hi. Im new to this iphone thing, coz just got mine last wik… i just want to know, i anyone of you know how to make albums for iphone without iphoto. We dont a mac computer, and iphoto is only for mac computers.. need help please.. thanks! :)

    • You can make them on Windows in one of several ways. You can put them in folders and then choose (in iTunes) to sync those folders. The folders will become albums. But you can also do it through various pieces of photo-handling software like Photoshop that iTunes will work with and use the albums you create.

  36. Nick says:

    hey i have the iphone 4 i was wondering if there was any way to create an album right on the phone i only ask on account of when i hit the photos icon it brings me to a page where i can select an album and find the place on a map where i took the photo… thancks for your time

  37. Alice says:

    @Garry: a gold Star to you for All the patient answers. I now from reading the entries know, the only way to arrange my cameraroll photos into albums is by using my Mac. Not that I agree this is an ideal situation ( since I most often use my phone abroad)… But that’s an other issue… :-)

  38. Mindy says:

    are the photos in the iphone (3gs) on the EXTERNAL sd card? Can I just take out the sd card and load them into my PC (vista)

  39. Karl says:

    Before my W7 hdd crashed I had imported an photo album from my computer to my Iphone 3gs for storage and showing the pictures from my trip to greece. And now I want that album back on my new hdd. Is that possible? From what ive read I couldnt come to any solution.. any ideas? Cause I cant sync it with my new Document folder since it will overwrite it!

    Cheers

    • If you synced photos from your computer to your iPhone, keep in mind that those photos are not really the full resolution versions. They are just good enough to look good on the small iPhone screen. You can email those to you from your iPhone, but they will be those low res versions, not the originals.

  40. Garrett says:

    I hate my iPhone for all the reasons you guys have talked about, in your questions, etc.

    I guarantee windows phones don’t have this stupid-ass problem.

  41. Callegari says:

    This is another huge pain in the arse from iPhone. Android has none of these restrictions.

    (I have and use both (iphone4 and desire))

  42. Amanda says:

    I have got photo albums on my iphone which I have sync from my mac but how do I put existing photos on my iphone into the albums? Does this have to be done on the mac too? I want to tidy up all my photos in camera roll and put them into albums so they are easier to find, as I have hundreds on my camera roll spanning a year or two I do not want to have to go through those again on my mac and put them into albums. Please advise

  43. TOROS MEKHSIAN says:

    HOW CAN I MAKE A NEW ALBUM IN MY IPHONE

  44. Mel says:

    Hi there, is it possible to create a folder/album (for photo’s) in another folder? e.g. open folder called animals, then have seperate folders for say cats, dogs, horses etc???

    • Nope. You can create them separately: “Animals-Dogs,” Animals-Cats,” etc. Or, maybe try something else like tagging the photos instead of using albums. That way you can tag a photo “animals” and “cats” or “animals” and “dogs.” You could also then tag it “animals,” “dogs,” and “cats” if both dogs and cats were present. Then just view by those tags instead of albums.
      See: http://macmost.com/organizing-your-photos-in-iphoto-09.html

  45. JD says:

    OK,
    Gary,
    Here is the deal. This is a long story I will try to shorten as best I can. Starting with iPhone 3g and iTunes previous to 9. Untold number of photo’s (some taken with the phone some not) that were saved into separate albums in my photo’s on the phone, excluding the (camera roll). This laptop (Vista) was stolen so the phone had the only copies. Never had a problem syncing the photo’s albums and transferring to a second 3g and a 3gs after that. Then iTunes 9 and a second 3gs (that was Quickly becoming inoperable) I had one chance to get a sync on my present PC windows XP sp3. Sync successful, restored backup to new iPhone 3gs, camera roll intact but all other albums did not transfer to the new phone. how can I retrieve them? why didn’t they transfer.

    Apple is responsible for erasing three years of my life because their software doesn’t do what they say it does? or because they changed iTunes and didn’t tell anyone?

    please help me!

  46. Sienna says:

    on my iphone there is an image in the top right corner that is a square with a triangle in it. when i click it,it pulls up two choices:to my iPhone
    or
    jeff a (IDK this person!:( )
    can you tell me what this is?

    • Sienna says:

      btw,it is in camera roll when i click on a picture to look at it

      • That is the AirPlay button. You can show the picture on another device that is connected to your network that supports AirPlay — like an Apple TV. iPhone is the default (show the picture on your iPhone). Then other AirPlay devices will be listed. “Jeff A” must be the name of an Apple TV or Mac connected to the same network that you are.

  47. Jason says:

    We have an iphone 3, we have copied photos onto the phone using itunes ok. My query is that not all the photos we have on the phone we want to be in the gallery!!

    How can you copy pictures on but not have it in the gallery??

    If you cant choose what you want to do and how to use the libraries, its useless

  48. iPhone 3GS user says:

    I would like to be able to create photo albums from the pics I have stored on my camera roll on my IPhone 3 GS. On a previous phone that I had all I had to do was select the pics then create and name album. How can I do that on my IPhone?

  49. Sharyn says:

    I have a iPhone 3G. It had a photo album of old pics that were not part of the camera roll. I bought an iPhone 4. The camera roll transferred, but not the photo album. The 3G is no longer in service (because cell # was ported to new phone). When I look at the old phone in iPhoto, I cannot see the photo album to move the photos. I only see the camera roll. I saw some posts to “simply connect iPhone 2 computer via wire. Cancel sync using slide on ur iPhone. Open my computer on PC or click iPhone icon on mac and then drag and drop photos from window to other folder…” I have a new iMac and do not see an iPhone icon on the mac. Please give instructions on how to move the photo album pics to iPhoto with a “dead” 3G, so I can sync them to the new iPhone. Thanks much.

    • If the photos only exist on your old iPhone, then there is no simple way to do it. But you said that those photos were in an album, and not in the camera roll. This must mean that they came from your computer at some point. Are they on your computer anywhere — like in iPhoto or in a folder? If so, then simply set your new iPhone to sync those photos like you must have had your old iPhone set to do. If they are not anywhere else but your old iPhone, the only way to get them off is to email them from your old iPhone to your Mac, and then store them there and sync them from iPhoto. But those email copies will be reduced quality.

  50. flav says:

    how do i drag photos from my photo album on my i phone 4 to my mac computer. its not giving me the option to do so. i can only add to it but cant off load what i have taken with my phone. thanks

  51. Sara says:

    I have aperture and iphone4 that I sync together in itunes. I have it sync all the pictures that are 5 stars. Is there a way to tell the iphone to show newest pictures first? Thanks!

    • I would think it would do that by default. But I guess not — I don’t use Aperture, so I’m not sure.
      Is there a way to create an album in Aperture that is all 5-star photos sorted by date? Then sync that album rather than by stars?

  52. Dee says:

    my iphone4 wont allow me to view my pictures when I go to the photo app I have to go to camera app and then go to photo roll

  53. Bob says:

    Is there any way to remove the photo library from an iphone 4 and just keep the pictures in your various albums on the phone

    • Not sure what you mean. Having pictures in albums would mean you have a photo library. The “Photo Library” is basically all of the pictures in your photo albums. Albums are just a way to organize them. They aren’t there twice — it is just two different ways to view them. Like in iTunes you might view all of your songs by song, or see just the songs by one artist, album or playlist.

      • Sarah says:

        I like to be precisely organized and do not like having the same pictures listed twice. I want only ONE way to view them – within their designated folders. Is that possible? Is there a way to remove the “Photo Library”-titled folder with “duplicates” of everything? It’s not a folder in iPhoto so I am afraid there is probably no way….

        • They are not duplicates. They are just different ways to sort them. Like in iTunes you can view all songs alphabetically, or by artist.

  54. PhotoLuvr says:

    Sarah, I’m like you. I want my photos to show up in one album, not 3 or 4. That’s why I’ve mostly ignored the photo function on my 3GS except to take a few or save a few from email.

    It is the ONE thing that I’d improve on this phone; I’m a photographer for Pete’s sake!

  55. Sushant says:

    I found a solution. The ultimate one. Take a look

    https://profiles.google.com/developerpanda/posts/7dqeuKsQ3JY

    • I don’t know about “ultimate” — you need to jailbreak your iPhone to use that solution. So it doesn’t help 99% of the time.

  56. Patricia says:

    Some of my best pictures were deleted from my iPhone 4 by itself they said it went to a library what I’s that? They r no longer I’n my albums or photos I’m so upset can anybody help mr get these pictures and videos back

  57. G L BERNARD says:

    When I go to photo app I can’t open camera roll because of grey album bar.

    • Perhaps you have no photos in your Camera Roll? What happens when you open the Camera app and take a picture?

      • iPhone issues says:

        Hi I have the same problem! To answer that question, when I take a picture it goes into my camera roll and I’m able to view the pictures. However, when I try to go directly to the photo app, the grey album bar is in the way! This just recently happened not sure what the problem is?!

        • Sherri Simmons says:

          I noticed this on my iPhone 4. When I was using my hotspot to connect laptop it shows connection in a blue bar near top of screen. That shifts everything DOWN just a bit, including gray Album bar above Camera Roll. Once I disconnected hotspot, blue bar disappeared, everything snapped back UP and I could access Camera Roll again. Hope this helps!

      • curt says:

        I have this problem, too, and I have lots of photos on the camera roll. When I pull the albums down, it moves out from beneath the album bar, but I can’t open it. When I release it, it snaps back behind the bar. Pleasae provide an answer. This is very annoying

        • Tab says:

          SAME PROBLEM! On my 4th Gen ipod touch, just started doing that today. Did anyone figure it out??

    • Philippa says:

      I have this problem too! Has anyone solved it for you yet? I’ve been through as many of the comments as I can and haven’t found a solution and wonder whether one was sent directly to you. It’s maddening not being able to get at my camera roll because that’s where ALL my pics are; I haven’t sorted them into albums yet. Thanks.

      • Have you tried syncing, pulling all the photos out of your camera roll onto your Mac or PC (and deleting them from your camera roll in the process) and then starting fresh. My feeling is that it may clear the problem.

  58. Beth says:

    is it possible to create new albums and choose what photos i want to go in them on my iphone? .. i have photos saved in camera roll but i want to create a new album and put some photos that is in camera roll into it, is this possible ?

    • Not on the iPhone. Think of it as two separate things your iPhone does:
      1. It is a digital camera. You take pictures, they go into the Camera Roll, you then download them to your computer.
      2. It is a photo viewer. You sync with your computer and display the synced photos on your iPhone.
      If you want to create albums from the photos in your Camera Roll, then download them to your computer. Create the albums there. Sync those albums back to your iPhone.

  59. Beth says:

    oh and what is iphoto ?

  60. Helge says:

    Hello Mr.Rosenzweig, thank you for the many useful replies. I am stuck with this as well: G L Bernard said “When I go to photo app I can’t open camera roll because of grey album bar.”
    I have the same problem with 634 photos in album. It changes though. After every second sync it works and every second time I have synced I cannot access the photos – except through places. Anyone? Cheers

  61. nick says:

    i have a pc and am having a tough time createing albums and moving photos on my camra roll to other albums, is there a way to do this without having i photo?

    • You can create albums by simply arranging photos into folders in Windows. The iTunes help has some info on this. Also, some photo management software is supported by iTunes, but I’m not sure which ones.

  62. Ian says:

    On my iPhone 4 , when I go into photos , I can see camera roll, but it is underneath a grey Albums toolbar, I cannot click on Camera roll to access the pictures, it has only been like this for a few week, was ok before ??

    • I’d try syncing and re-syncing. Perhaps a restore.

    • Will says:

      That happens to me frequently also, and then my iPhone 3gs goes back to normal. It seemed to happen most recently after emailing a picture out of Camera Roll. It’d been like that for a day now, unable to access Camera Roll. I’ve just rebooted my my iPhone and now it’s back to where I can see it and access it. So maybe try rebooting your iPhone.

      • Jay says:

        I just had the same problem with my iPhone 3gs. The reboot worked for me. Thanks!!

    • Eric says:

      Have had same problem with camera roll behind the bar. If you double click the home button and then delete “Photos” from the recent apps list it fixes the problem temporarily. Not sure what’s going on or why this works but it does.

      • Deleting the Photos app from the recents list: The “Recents List” is actually a list of apps currently running on your iPhone. “Deleting” is actually quitting those apps, not deleting anything. So why this works is probably because you are quitting the Photos app and restarting it.
        I would have suggested that earlier in this thread, but I assumed it had already been tried. My mistake.

  63. tracy says:

    hi have iphone 3 and windows computer not mac in photo’s have albums 1 -camera roll 2 date stamped can put one lot on to my computer other one can not can delete photo’s of phone from camera roll but no delete button in date stamped one how can any of this be done need room on phone thanks

  64. tracy says:

    sorry l must be silly when in itunes to sync there no folders matching what on iphone so not sure what to do

  65. tracy says:

    sorry date stamp one can not fine how can l get into it to get these photos as no way to delete of phone or maybe l a silly female please help or is there someone that maybe able to help one on one

  66. Tina says:

    I am replacing my 7 year-old Dell PC with a Macbook Pro. My iPhone was synced to iTunes on the Dell, and I can’t seem to find a simple solution to sync my phone to iTunes on the new Mac without losing my photos and videos. Can I get to them through iPhoto or iMovie without opening iTunes?

    • What you would need to do is to transfer the photos and videos from your old Dell to the new MacBook Pro. Get them set up there in iPhoto and iTunes. Then sync your iPhone fresh from your MacBook Pro, brining those items over again.

    • Taytay says:

      yeah, just make sure you sync everything from your dell first. when you plug it into your mac it will ask what you want to do, and pick transfer and follow the steps from there.

  67. Jason says:

    Our Iphone failed downloading an app, now says waiting. Am unable to delete it from the phone or through Itunes. How can you get rid of it??? is there any way of deleting anything on the phone itself?

  68. Taytay says:

    I have a Mac, so I have iPhoto. Directly from my iPhone I took a photo. Sync the photo on to iphoto. name the iphoto album whatever you want the iphone album to be called. On itunes, click on photos. Check off sync photos from iphoto. under the list of events, that album should be there. check it off and click sync and you’re good to go!!!!

  69. Jude says:

    Hi, I’ve read the whole thread and don’t think anyone’s asked this question…

    My friend took a video of us on her iphone 4. We put it into her Mac, on to iPhoto, then I plugged my iPhone 3 in so I could have a copy. I now want to plug my iPhone in to MY Macbook so I can add it to a video I’m making. I don’t want to Sync it and lose everything on the phone (a year’s worth of photos), and also the video is very important. Help! Sync in iTunes says it will replace the photos and videos on the phone with what’s on the computer (11 photos!) but wont touch the Camera Roll, the video I want is in Last Import photo album. IPhoto wont recognise my phone like last time for some reason…

    Many thanks!

  70. Karin Windorski-Cruz says:

    iPhone 4 (version 4.3.3), MacBook (recently purchased, replacing 2-1/2 year old MacBook Air), and iTunes ’11 10.3.1

    Here is my dilemma:

    When I was using my MacBook Air and a previous version of iTunes, I was able to sync photos off my iPhone 4 and create albums in iPhoto. I then synced the iPhone 4 and iTunes and transferred the albums successfully onto my iPhone 4. Back then, every time I would sync, iTunes would give my the option, under the photos tab, to select which albums I would like to sync between the two. Unfortunately, my youngest broke the MacBook Air and after backing up all data to an external hard drive, I purchased my new MacBook.

    The issue I am having is that I can sync photos from my iPhone 4 to my iTunes, but iTunes no longer recognizes any other album besides camera roll. Therefore I can not figure out how to pull those photos off my iPhone (aside from emailing each of them and starting over) so that I don’t have to delete them all together.

    Is there a more “simple” and less time consuming way to do what used to be so easy with past versions of the Apple software? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    • Karin says:

      I wish Finder on the MacBook would recognize my iPhone 4 as a storage device. That would make it easier, I think. (Is there a way to do that?) And of course I can import photos directly from my iPhone 4 into iPhoto ’11, but again it’s the same problem of only recognizing the camera roll album and none of the other albums since they were created on my MacBook Air.

      Again, any advice is helpful.

      • There isn’t any way way to access your iPhone as a hard drive, at least with standard software. There are some 3rd-party utilities that do it, but I’ve never used them.
        But why do you need to get access to the other photo albums if you have those on the MacBook Air?
        Also, keep in mind that you don’t have the “original” photos on your iPhone. You have reduced copies that are smaller for your iPhone’s screen. So even if you had access to those files, they aren’t what you’d expect.

        • Karin says:

          I can’t view anything on my MacBook Air as my youngest child bent and cracked the hinges back so badly that right after I was able to back-up all my files to my hard drive, my screen became completely useless.

          • As long as you have the files backed up, then you can just take them from the backup. A visit to the Apple Store Genius Bar will help if you need help getting the files over.

    • I would go back to iPhoto and set things up there first. iTunes/iPhone sync will recognize your photos and albums once you have them set up there correctly. Get this photos from your backup onto your new Mac and arranged in iPhoto like you want them. Then it will all fall into place.

  71. yann says:

    hi,
    how to remove or deleted the photo on the photo library?

  72. Cameron says:

    Hi. I want to remove the Photo Library but keep my existing photos in their folders. How can I do this?

  73. sidney peralta says:

    hi. im just wondering why i cant see the pictures i took when i click photos in my iphone?the word album blocks the camera roll coz its also written on top portion. did i changed something in the settings?please help. tnx

    • I don’t know. Perhaps you changed what is synced? Try syncing again. Make sure those photos are being synced. And make sure you are looking at the correct part of the Photos app. Maybe a visit to the Genius Bar for some help.

  74. john c s says:

    when i synched a couple albums to phone they show up but so does something called photo gallery that has duplicate photos of all the photos in each of the albums. Clearly i don’t need this redundancy. How do I get rid of the gallery? I don’t see it in i photo.

    • Those aren’t duplicates. Your Photo Gallery list is a list of all of your Photos. Your albums are special collections you have made. The photos are all there once, you are just looking at different listings. Think of how iTunes stores music. You can look at a list of all of the songs in your collection, and you can also look at a single album. The songs aren’t there twice — there are just multiple ways of looking at them.

    • jhen says:

      i have the same problem. how do i delete it? :(

  75. john c s says:

    thanks, that was really helpful! I thought I was doing something wrong. john

  76. Rara Nur Amira says:

    if i want to sync my iphone with my new library, will my photos in the camera roll be lost?

    • Your “Camera Roll” is a separate thing from your synced photo albums. It shouldn’t erase them when you sync. But you can always attach your iPhone, run Image Capture and drag and drop those photos to your Mac first, before you sync with iTunes.

  77. Sonny says:

    Found out the solution to deleting unwanted albums from iPhone.

    First download a program called IFILE
    Then go to folder /var/mobile/media you will see photo data and/ photos select edit and then select the folder with unwanted photos or albums and select recycling bin from the bottom.
    Once done go back to your photo gallery and it will update it may take upto 1 min to update you will not see te unwanted album no more!!!! Poof gone easy!!!!

  78. Phil Forrest says:

    I had created photo albums in my iphone4 with my old computer.
    Now I have a new computer. How can I transfer a video from one of the albums I had to my new computer ? I tried sending it by email but the video is too big, it wants to separate it. PLEASE HELP !

  79. bluey says:

    i have windows 7 and an iphone 3gs. i want to manage my photos by creating new albums and not just see them in the camera roll. solution??

    • Sync with iTines on your Windows machine. Look at the photos settings. You’ve got options there. You can sync them to folders on your computer, or perhaps to photo management software that you have. Then you can select which photos to sync back, including folders that then become albums.

  80. David says:

    I am a Windows user, i have been using an iPhone 3G but i have upgraded to an iPhone 4. How can i transer photos from the 3G to the 4?

    Also why does the ‘Photo Library’ exist at all, i have the camera roll and then the folders that i sync to the phone from iTunes, i do not want duplicates of them in another folder. Is there any way of staopiing this from happening?

    • You would sync your 3G with your PC. Transfer all the photos there (sounds like you already have). Then sync with the 4, and transfer the photos TO it (check your iTunes “photos” setting for that iPhone.
      The Camera Roll is photos you take with your iPhone. The rest are photos synced from your PC. If you don’t want duplicates, then delete the photos from your Camera Roll whenever you transfer them to your PC.

      • David says:

        Hi, thanks for the quick reply.

        I can’t see anywhere to check/change photo settings.

        What i have currently done: Sync’d 3G, Backed up to iTunes.
        Sync’d 4, Backed up from 3G sync.
        My new iPhone 4 now has all my apps, contacts etc from the 3G, photos did NOT sync/move to the my new 4.

        I then created a folder in My Pictures on my Windows machine, copied pictures off 3G into folder.
        Then connected 4 to iTunes, Go to sync photos, selected folders only.
        I sync’d photos to 4, this is now where i have:
        Camera Roll (with one snap shot in)
        Camera Roll 1 (Photos copied from 3G)
        Photo Library (Duplicates of Camera Roll 1, photos i copied from 3G)

        I really want the photos from my old 3G on my new 4 but i certainly do not want a duplicate of them too.

        Thank you again.

        • Maybe you don’t have any duplicates at all. “Photo Library” is simply a list of all of your photos synced to your iPhone. Each of these also appears in its own album. But they are only there once. It is like in iTunes if you look at your songs by album you will see them, but you can also list all songs and see them there too.

  81. Joe Red says:

    When some photos sync to my iPhone they get turned sideways. They are not sideways on my desktop folder from which I synced. I deleted the album, double checked that rotation was correct on desktop, re-synced and still some were rotated sideways! Can’t find a Setting that controls this. Any suggestions?

    • There is probably orientation information in the picture’s metadata. Are you on Windows? I’m not sure how you would get into the images on Windows to change that.

      • Joe Red says:

        Thanks, Gary. Yes my Desktop is Windows XP. I’ll see if can find some metadata re orientation there….

        • Joe Red says:

          I can rotate the picture on the iPhone but can’t save it in the album – it forces the save to the Camera Roll. If could save the rotated image back to the album where it is located on the iPhone, that should solve it but seems like not an option.

          • Right. The Camera Roll represents photos taken or altered on your iPhone. The rest are photos synced from your computer. If you were to edit a photo in an app, it can only save them to your Camera Roll.

  82. jkramz bartolaba says:

    I was looking forward for this post to come out. I may missed it but I never stop in finding your blogs and posts. Thanks for taking time and sharing your ideas, thoughts and perspective which readers can learn something from it.
    I just hope you will continue doing what you are doing now. I love you blog and you every posts.

  83. Nick says:

    Hey! For everyone who lost their photos on their computer and are trying to get them from their PHOTO LIBRARY off their iPhone, the APP that the person mentioned above (photo privacy) actually WORKS! I had the same problem and just did a test – successful.

    The app is free. First import photos to the new app, then you can export them back to the ‘Photos’ app that comes standard on the iPhone, they will go in to your camera roll and then will be available to import to iTunes next time you sync – OR – they do have an export to iTunes option, but I haven’t tried that yet. I’m just happy that I didn’t loose my pics!!!

  84. Nick says:

    sorry, I meant to say import to iPhoto (or whatever photo program that you use tp import photos from a camera or device)the next time you connect your phone.

  85. abdel says:

    hey i lose it my photo albums because i have old my picture from my iphone3g

  86. Phil says:

    Not sure if this has been addressed previously..
    I have a quantity of photos that are named; i.e. widget01.jpg, widget02 etc
    I use these to show customers various products.
    When I upload these to my iPhone 4S the photo names are not visible – so if the customer asks to see widget07 I have no real way of knowing which image it is!
    Is there a way to have the names of the images viewable? (or do I have to use an app?).

  87. Jess says:

    Hi,

    I have just upgraded my iphone 3gs to a 4s and I am trying to sync my ‘photo library’ pictures to laptop. With no joy. Those pics that were already on my laptop and those from my camara roll are all ok but not those from my photo library. I had a different pc when I 1st had my iphone 3gs – not sure if this makes any difference??

    Thanks

    • You need to get those pictures from your old computer to your new one. Don’t do it “though” the iPhone. It doesn’t work that way.

  88. Jess says:

    Thanks for speedy response – i no longer have the old computer. Is there any way at all that I can retrieve the photos from photo library in old phone to sync on my new laptop? Im with o2 – is it worth a visit to store to see if they can transfer?

    Thanks for your help..im abit of a techno phobe!

    • That’s bad news. You let your old computer go without copying your files? Ouch.
      The photos on your iPhone are your originals, but much smaller versions for viewing on the iPhone screen. No way to sync in the other direction — it isn’t meant to work that way. You can email them to yourself, but remember they are smaller versions, not your originals. I doubt O2 will be able to help you with this.
      You can’t be a technophobe and own a computer and iPhone. That would be like being arachnophobic and keeping pet spiders in your pocket. :)

  89. Jess says:

    Yes foolish I know! Hard lesson learnt – would i-cloud not work for any of this? Seriously its all way over my head!

    Thanks
    Jess

  90. Will S says:

    When I sync a folder containing photo files from a PC to a 3GS iPhone I get a 2nd folder named Photo Library containing the same photos and the flower icon just like the example shown at the top of this newsletter. What is the purpose of this “Photo Library” folder, is it necessary and can it be removed?

    • They are just two different ways of viewing your photos. You can view by album (folder), or see a list of all of your photos (Photo Library). Like in iTunes you can have a playlist and just view that playlist, or you can view all of your songs in a single list.

      • Will S says:

        Thanks for your quick response, Gary. From what you said I did some more experimenting. I use Win XP. I synced another folder with a couple of photos in it thinking it would add it to the other 2 albums on my iPhone and put the photos into the Photo Library album combined with the original 7 photos already in it. Instead while it added the new folder along with a new Photo Library album with the 2 new photos in both of those new albums, it removed both the original named album and the original Photo Library album. It seems as though only one set of a named album and the accompanying Photo Library album can exist at once in the iPhone. I guess any additional photos desired must be put into the original folder in the PC and re-synced to the iPhone. I tried edit > add > name album > save and then synced the folder on the PC with the same name, but it just added a new folder with 2 photos, new Photo Library album with rthe 2 photos, kept the empty folder I added, and again removed the 7 photo albums.

        I remove the albums in the iPhone by creating empty folders with the same names on the desktop and syncing to them. The added empty folder in the iPhone I deleted by clicking edit > – sign > delete.

        Also I found videos will not sync from the PC to the iPhone.

        In iTunes I tried File > Add file to library and Add folder to library > browse > open but nothing happened.

        So far my procedure seems to be to put my photos in a folder, add or remove photos as desired in that folder and sync to my iPhone whenever I want to change it. All the same photos will appear in both the the one named album and the Photo Library album.

        Is there something I can do better?

        • Right. Sync means literally “sync” — the iPhone’s photos sync with what you have set in iTunes on your PC. I’m having trouble following what you are doing in your message, but keep playing with it and you’ll see.
          As for videos, you add those to your iTunes library first and sync them as videos (different tab from photos). There’s a lot there to learn, way more than I can get into here. Play around with it and take the time to learn the interface in iTunes.

          • Will S says:

            Thanks, Gary. I got it! I was persistant as you suggested.

            I split up the photos into sub folders and put them into a main folder and even added a video file. They all synced properly into my iPhone OK. Under “Sync Photos from” after choosing the main folder on my PC I clicked on Selected folders, Include videos, and each folder.

            Apparently using the File > Add file to library and Add folder to library only works with music, movies etc. and not photos. Is that right?

            Also when I choose Photoshop Elements for my photo source I can’t get to do anything but select all 4600 of the photos even when I go to “Folder Location” in the Photoshop Elements. Do you have any suggestions on that?

            • Can’t help you out much with that since, obviously, I’m using a Mac. And on Macs you sync with the albums in iPhoto, not with folders.

  91. Emma says:

    Hi…heres a good one, iphone4 can no longer be connected to any divice due to the charging port being corroded due to water damage just trying to retrieve what i can before replacing the phone. im assuming emailing is the only option for me? was wondering if i could email albums as a whole or at least mulitiple images at one time? any help would be much appreciated, thank you

    • I would get the free DropBox app and a free DropBox account. Use that to upload the photos and then grab them on your Mac. Or, find other software. Emailing will often reduce the quality of the photo to compress it for sending easier.

  92. Will S says:

    Here is what I came up with for my purposes. It provides a step by step procedure that can be copied and printed and may help a newbie to view it effectively.

    Procedure to Transfer Photos from PC to iPhone
    Revised 3-30-12
    WSM
    These photos will appear in the iPhone in albums corresponding to the sub folders created in the PC. In addition there will be a Photo Library album containing all the photos added to the iPhone so they may be viewed together. All of these albums are exclusive of the Camera Roll album which only contains photos taken by the iPhone.

    Preparation
    1. Create a source folder in the PC. Example folder name: “PhotosFromPCToIphone”.
    2. Add subfolders containing desired photos to be transfered.
    3. Download iTunes to a PC.
    4. Attach iPhone to PC using USB cable.

    Adding photos by syncing the iPhone with photos contained in a PC.
    1. Open iTunes on PC.
    2. Click on the iPhone under Devices.
    3. Click on Summary tab.
    4. Click to check Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi in case it is also available.
    5. Click on Photos tab.
    6. Click to check Sync Photos from.
    7. Click on the drop down.
    8. Click on Choose folder.
    9. Browse to the source folder containing the sub folders.
    10. Click on OK.
    11. Click on Selected folders.
    12. Click on Include videos.
    13. Click to check all folders listed that are desired to be added along with their photos. Any folders not checked will not appear in the iPhone after this sync operation.
    14. Click on Apply or Sync.
    15. Wait until the Apple icon appears at the top.
    16. Close the window.

    Deleting albums (folders) from the iPhone.
    1. Delete selected sub folders in the source folder in the PC.
    2. Sync the folders following the above procedure.

    Deleting photo and video files from the iPhone.
    1. Delete selected photo and video files from the sub folders in the PC.
    2. Sync the folders following the above procedure.

    Your episode 485 website reference (http://macmost.com/creating-iphone-photo-albums.html)from a prior post which I discovered afterwards showed a video which reinforced my solutions developed as a result of your responces.
    Thanks, Gary

  93. chantel says:

    i recently got a new computer and all of the albums that the photos were lost, but i had the albums of the photos that i lost on my iphone. i was wondering if there was any way that i can delete these albums off my iphone because there taking up space. Theres 2 that i wold like deleted and neither of them come with that option.

    • You can delete the albums on the iPhone by syncing it with your new computer and setting which photos you want to come from your new computer (even if 0 photos).

  94. Parth says:

    Can I paste videos on my iPhone like we paste on our Nokia or Samsung mobiles.

    I can find my camera roll when I connect my iPhone to my pc. I can also copy them but I am not able to paste any thing there is there any software with which I can paste my photos and videos on iphone’s camera roll… No iTunes please
    .
    Please replay me on my email-id….please..

    • In order to put videos on your iPhone you need to use iTunes. Why don’t you want to use iTunes? It is your primary tool for transferring items to your iPhone and for backing up your iPhone.

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