The Photos app is a repository for all the pictures and videos you shoot or save to your iPhone or iPad. Not only can you use the iOS Photos app to organize and find those special moments and memories you've recorded, but you can use it to share them directly, through social networks, on the big screen, as prints, and more. You can also edit them to enhance their looks, add filters, fix redeye, and crop them just so. And if you're running iOS 8, you can do even more, including much more advanced, granular editing, and Photos Extensions so other apps and their editing tools can hook right in. Whether you're new to iPhone or iPad and want to get started, or you just want a handy link to share with your friends, family, and colleagues who might just be getting started, you've come to the right place!
How to use moments, collections, and years smart photo groups on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app on your iPhone or iPad keeps all the pictures or videos you shoot or save all together, all in one place. That makes them easy to find later if you want to look at them, edit them, or show or share them with anyone else. Photos automatically sorts your pictures and videos into smart groups based on time and location. The smallest groups are moments, larger groups are Collections, the largest, Years. With them you can quickly glance at when and where you were, see and scrub through thumbnails, see a map view of your photos spread out across the world, and even copy a photo to the clipboard so you can insert it into a message. All with just a few taps and swipes!
- How to move between Moments, Collections, and Years smart groups
- How to view picture and video locations on a map
- How to scrub through and quickly jump to a picture or video in Collections or Years
- How to quickly copy a picture or video to the clipboard in Moments or Albums
How to organize photos and videos into albums on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app on iPhone and iPad gives you quick and easy access to all your pictures and videos. Apple even automagically sorts them into moments, collections, and years to make finding specific photos and videos by time and location even easier. Apple also creates a few albums to organize things logically. For example, Camera Roll, My Photos Stream, Panoramas, and Videos. While you can't change or delete the Apple-generated albums, you can add and manage your own, so that exactly the photos you want are exactly where you want them, whenever you want to find them there.
How to rotate photos on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app lets you do all sorts of basic, useful things with the pictures on your iPhone and iPad, including rotating them 90 degrees at a time. It's especially useful when the Camera app misbehaves and one of your photos ends up coming out sideways, but it can also be a fun way to turn things around, and even upside down. Best of all, the built-in Photos app makes it easy to do!
How to use smart photo composition tools for iPhone and iPad
If you've ever taken a photo only to realize that it wasn't exactly how you wanted it composition wise, iOS can help you straight and even crop it to your liking. Or perhaps you'd like to change the aspect ratio so your photos will fit into a specific frame. Whether you're cropping out an object you don't want in the photo or just need to perform a little straightening, smart photo composition tools make the process easier than ever.
How to use smart photo adjustment tools in the Photos app
Depending on lighting and environmental factors we sometimes can't control, we may need to make some edits to our photos to get them exactly to our liking. The Photos app in iOS does a great job at making basic edits with extremely little effort. Even better, you can let iOS do most of the heavy lifting, or you can take control of your edits with even more granular control than ever.
How to auto-enhance photos on your iPhone and iPad
The Photos app in iOS offers a handy auto-enhance feature that tries to automagically make your pictures looks at good as they possibly can. While it's no replacement for advanced editing tools, for people who either aren't familiar with those kinds of tools, or simply don't want to use them, auto-enhance can do a good-enough job on most overly dark, overly bright, or oddly colored photos most of the time. Best of all, Photos will keep your original image safe, so if you don't like the auto-enhance, you can go right back to the original!
How to use photo and video extensions in the iOS Photos app
Photo and video extensions give you easy access to all of your favorite editing tools and filters from your favorite third party App Store apps. Have a filter that you love from VSCO Cam but some edits that you need to make in another app? No problem! As long as your apps support extensions, you can access and apply everything through the stock Photo app, no need to ever even launch another app.
How to apply filters to your photos on iPhone and iPad
The Photos app for iPhone and iPad has gotten in on the filters game and that means it can apply mono, tonal, noir, fade, chrome, process, transfer, and instant looks to any of your pictures. As filters go, they're towards the subtle and simple side — nothing as aggressive as Instagram or deep as VSCO Cam — but they add a little variety, which is never a bad thing. Best of all, the built-in Photos app filters are non-destructive, so if you apply one and later on change your mind, you can go back and pick another or remove it completely.
How to remove redeye from photos on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app on your iPhone and iPad includes the ability to remove redeye from your pictures. Whether they're the result of flash or glare, whether they're in a selfie or portrait or group shot, you can quickly and easily go in and get rid of redeye with just a few taps. Best of all, the redeye detection is smart, so if there's nothing to remove, nothing gets removed, and no damage gets done.
How to crop photos on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app on your iPhone and iPad can do all sorts of useful, basic editing, including cropping your pictures however you'd like. Just grab the handles and crop out anything you want. It's incredibly handy for removing excess sky or background, for using the guides to properly frame according to the rule of thirds, or even for cutting out elements —or people! — you don't want in your photo. Best of all, if you ever change your mind about a crop, you can revert back to the original whenever you'd like!
How to trim videos on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app for iPhone and iPad doesn't just let you quickly edit pictures, it lets you trim videos as well. Whether you want to remove a few seconds or minutes of dead time at the beginning or end of your video, or pull out only the best part to share, it's easy to slide the in- and out-points along the time line and set just the perfect beginning and end for your video.
How to share photos on your iPhone and iPad
The Photos app on iPhone and iPad doesn't just keep all your pictures organized and available for you to look at, it makes it incredibly easy to share them via AirDrop, iMessage, Mail, or send to Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr. You can share individual photos, a set of selected photos, or an entire "moment". Thanks to Photos, sharing is only ever a few taps away!
- How to share individual photos on iPhone and iPad
- How to share multiple photos at once on iPhone and iPad
- How to share entire "moments" groups of photos at once on iPhone and iPad
How to share videos on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app doesn't just let you easily share pictures, it lets you easily share videos as well. You get the same built-in options like Mail, and iCloud, along with social networks like YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo as well. And all it takes is just a few taps!
How to make a photo slideshow on your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app for iPhone and iPad not only lets you edit and organize your pictures, but also lets you show them off to friends and family with just a few taps. That's thanks to the built-in slideshow feature, which ads movement and sound and special transition. If you'd like, you can even AirPlay them to an Apple TV for a family or group viewing experience. Just tell it what photo you want to start with!
How to AirPlay from photos on your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV
With AirPlay you can send whatever you're looking at on your iPhone or iPad directly to your Apple TV, including the pictures and videos in your Photos app. Whether they're from the big game or the latest trip, a must-see moment or just a bit of fun, you're only ever a few taps from taking your photos from the small screen in your hand to the big one in your living or conference room.
How to assign photos to contacts on your iPhone or iPad
Adding pictures to the contacts in your iPhone or iPad is a great way to make the people in your life more recognizable. You can add them using the Photos app, the Contacts app, and even import them from social networks like Facebook. Once you've added the photos, you'll see them in iMessage, in phone favorites, and more!
How to set a photo as your wallpaper to customize your iPhone or iPad
One of the ways to make your iPhone or iPad your own is to set a different or unique wallpaper for your Lock screen, your Home screen, or both. As long as the photo is roughly the right resolution and aspect ratio, it should look great. You can change your wallpaper in either the Settings app or the Photos app.
How to print photos with AirPrint from your iPhone or iPad
The Photos app lets you to almost anything with the pictures you have stored on your iPhone, including printing them with the built-in AirPrint service to any compatible printer on the same Wi-Fi network. AirPrint is a simple, direct way to make hard copies of your memories without ever having to transfer anything to your computer first. All right from the Share Sheet, and all with just a few taps!
How to set up iCloud Photo Library on iPhone or iPad
iCloud Photo Library lets you store all your pictures and videos online but still have fast, local access on your iPhone and iPad. It does that by uploading everything you take with or save to your iPhone or iPad and downloading everything you import on your Mac. You can either keep all of it on your device, or you can let iCloud Photo Library intelligently manage your storage for you, keeping recent, favorite, and frequently accessed pictures and videos available and leaving older and seldom accessed content up on the cloud, just a tap away. It also serves as a backup and syncs your non-destructive edits. In other words, iCloud Photo Library helps you make the most of your pictures, videos, and your devices. All you have to do is enable it!
How to delete pictures and videos from iCloud Photo Library
The great thing about all your pictures and videos being online is that sometimes all your pictures and videos are online... iCloud Photo Library makes sure all the pictures and videos of all the people and places you love, and all the memories you want to keep safe are backed up and available on all your devices, iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you've got stuff you simply don't like, or personal pictures and videos that you don't want to keep and don't want available, you can delete them. That way, neither you nor anyone else is at risk of ever seeing them again.
Best photo apps for iPhone
If the built-in tools in Photos just aren't enough for you, there are several really great photo apps available in the App Store. From more advanced photo editing and filtering options to more private sharing options, to ways to make collages and more, the App Store has you covered. But which photo apps are the very best?
- Best photo editing apps for iPhone
- Best photo filtering apps for iPhone
- Best private photo sharing apps for iPhone
- Best photo collage apps for iPhone and iPad
How to get more help with Photos and iOS
- How to get started with the iPhone: The ultimate guide
- How to use Lock screen: The ultimate guide
- How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide
- How to use Siri: The ultimate guide
- How to use Apple Pay: The ultimate guide
- How to use Passbook: The ultimate guide
- How to use Continuity: The ultimate guide
- How to use Home screen: The ultimate guide
- How to use Control Center: The ultimate guide
- How to use Notification Center for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide
- How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide
- How to use Calendar: The ultimate guide
- How to use Camera: The ultimate guide
- How to use Photos: The ultimate guide
- How to use Weather: The ultimate guide
- How to use Notes: The ultimate guide
- How to use Safari: The ultimate guide
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