For most users the best way to manage photos on an iPhone is to download your Camera Roll photos on to your Mac in iPhoto, treating your Camera Roll like a normal digital camera. Then create albums in iPhoto and sync those back to your iPhone to have a selection of photos to carry with you.
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s talk about managing the photos on your iPhone.
I get a lot of questions from people about photos on their iPhone. They want to get some photos onto their iPhone or they want to get photos off of their iPhone or they don’t understand why they have too many or too few photos. It is important to understand the difference between the Camera Roll which is photos that you have taken on your iPhone and the Photo Library which are photos that you have synced from your Mac or PC to your iPhone. There are many different ways to manage these two areas where photos are kept. But here is a method that I think will work for most people to get them what they want.
Now here is what you might find on a typical iPhone. If you go into the Photos app you can see there is Camera Roll. And that’s it. Go into the Camera Roll and you can find photos that you took using this iPhone, which also includes screen shots. Here is a bunch of photos that were taken on this iPhone. And that’s it.
The first thing you want to do is to get these photos from your iPhone to your Mac or PC. It is important to treat your iPhone just like you would your digital camera. You have photos on it and you want to get those photos into your Photo Library, which typically for a Mac user would be using iPhoto.
So I have connected my iPhone to my Mac. Now in iPhoto here if I go on the left I can see under devices there is the iPhone. I can see here are the photos that I’ve got. The same ones that I was looking at before on the phone itself. You can see I could just Import those 13 photos. So I’m going to do that.
When it is done I get to choose whether or not I want to delete these photos or keep these photos. Now deleting them simply removes them from the Camera Roll. Just like when you have a digital camera and you have taken some photos and now you want to clear the camera’s memory off because you have copied all those photos to your Mac. So typically you do want to delete those photos and then we will look at how to get some of those photos that you want to have with you back onto your iPhone.
Now on iPhoto here I can go and look at the last import which I have selected or I can go into my Events and find what I imported. Typically things will be in a single event. Here I’ve got a lot of photos taken over a long period of time so they are all put in their own events right here. You can see all these different photos.
In addition to that if I go to my Events I can see that I have all sorts of events here from photos I have taken over the years. So it is not just the new ones but also a lot of old ones.
Now I want to create a way to get these photos back on my iPhone. Just the ones that I want. Now some people may love the idea of taking all their photos into the iPhone but I just want to take a select few that I want to carry around with me. Maybe pictures of my child, pictures of family, pictures of my most recent vacation. Things like that.
So the easier way to do that is to create a new Album. So I’m going to create a new album here and I’m just going to call it For iPhone. Then I’m going to go into my photos here and drag and drop photos that I want into this iPhone. I’m just creating basically an album like a playlist for iTunes or just a list of links to these photos. I’m not actually moving them from the Events of course when I create an album. I’m just creating an easier way to view these.
I put a whole bunch of them in here and if I view this album now I can see those photos. Those are the ones that I want to carry around with me on my iPhone.
So the next step is I want to go into iTunes. iTunes is how I sync things between my phone and my Mac. So under iTunes I want to select my device, my iPhone there on the left. Now if you don’t have your left side bar turned on you can turn that on by choosing View, showing Hide Sidebar, and then you can easily see it if you do have the sidebar hidden then it actually would appear just over on the right. You can see your iPhone or list of devices.
I’m going to do it easier and Show Sidebar here in iTunes 11 so I can select my iPhone. You can see one of the tabs here is photos. Now here is where I can choose which photos to sync. I’m going to say Yes I do want to sync photos. I’m going to do it from iPhoto, and I can say all which will fill the iPhone with photos but I just want to go and say Selected albums and I can look at the albums here and see For iPhone. I can have multiple albums. I can create an album of family pictures, vacation pictures, things like that and select several of those albums to sync over to my iPhone.
For instance I’m also going to select this Scenery album that was there previously and have these two albums sync over to the iPhone. Once I have figured all that out I can hit Apply.
If we go back to the iPhone now that everything is synced to it and go back to the Photos app we can see we have much more than just Camera Roll there now. We’ve got Camera Roll still. These will be the photos we have taken since we last synced and last taken all the photos off Camera Roll. We also have Photo Library, Scenery and For iPhone.
Scenery and For iPhone we can recognize as the two albums that we synced to the iPhone. So we can look in iPhone and see those photos and look in Scenery and see those photos. Photo Library is just simply everything in all the albums that we have synced or Events or other things. You saw there were other options there where you can sync the last three months of events, things like that. So everything taken from you Mac, all the photos from Scenery and For iPhone in this case, are under Photo Library. They are not there twice, they are only there once. It is just two different ways of listing them.
So we still have everything in Camera Roll and we have everything in the Photo Library which is stuff from the Mac. So this shows a very common and simple method for most people to manage the photos on their iPhone. If you take new photos they go into Camera Roll. Then you sync with iPhoto on your Mac to pull those photos from Camera Roll onto your Mac. Then you create albums in iPhoto and sync those back using iTunes to your iPhone so you have photos that you can show people.
I hope you found this useful. Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.