The Photos app on iPhone and iPad is one of the best tools to organize, edit and share your pictures. The app offers many editing features for your iPhone, and it can even compete with some of the best photo editing app on your Mac.
Whether you're a professional photographer or you're just starting to learn how to use the Camera app on your iPhone, learning how to manage and organize your picture through Photos is essential. Trying to learn everything in a day can be overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out. Luckily, you'll find everything you need to know about the Photos app on iPhone right here. You can always come back here when you need it. We'll keep updating this page with any new features Apple adds to Photos.
How to navigate Photos for iPhone and iPad
To help keep your pictures and videos organized, the Photos app automatically sorts them into smart groups based on time and location. You can see your pictures by day, month, or year. With them, you can quickly glance at when and where you were, scrub through everything and anything, 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. There are still albums you can access as well. And all of it with just a few taps and swipes!
- How to move between Years, Months, and Days in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad
- How to view picture and video locations on a map
- How to quickly select a month to jump to from the Years view
- How to quickly copy pictures or videos to the clipboard from Moments
- How to hide images in the Photos app
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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. Camera Roll/All Photos, My Photos Stream, Panoramas, Videos, even Selfies all have their own dedicated albums. While you can't change or delete any of those, you can add and manage albums of your own. That way, exactly the photos you want are exactly where you want them.
- How to create new albums with the Photos app for iPhone and iPad
- How to add photos and videos to existing albums with the Photos app for iPhone and iPad
- How to transfer photos from your Mac or PC to your iPhone or iPad
How to use Memories in Photos for iPhone and iPad
Great digital cameras like on the iPhone and iPad mean we can take as many photos as we want, whenever we want. That's amazing because we can record any moment, at any time. It's also terrible because we end up with so many photos we forget about the ones we took even a short time ago. By using Memories on your iPhone or iPad, you can forget about forgetting your pictures with a few taps.
- How to use Memories in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad
- How to search Memories
- How to start a slideshow in Memories
- How to change your slideshow theme in Memories
- How to edit your title, music, duration, and photos in a Memories slideshow
- How to save a Memories slideshow
- How to delete certain photos from a Memories slideshow
- How to delete a Memory slideshow
- How to see who was in your Memories slideshow
- How to see where your Memories took place on a map
How to add, remove, change, or hide People in Photos
Apple uses machine learning to recognize people inside your images and identify the same person in multiple photos. Like Facebook's algorithm, it's not perfect, but it's easy enough to correct. Here's how you can view common faces, put names to them, remove faces that have been misidentified, and hide faces you don't particularly want to see.
- Why do I want to use the People album?
- How to name or rename People in the Photos app
- How to remove People or Faces that have been wrongly identified in the Photos app
- How to add new People or Faces to the Photos app
- How to add Favorite People or Faces in the Photos app
- How to merge multiple People and Faces collections into a single person in the Photos app
- How to delete pictures that have been wrongly identified in the Photos app
How to rotate, crop, and straighten in Photos for iPhone and iPad
Most of us don't frame every photo perfectly when we shoot it. That's why Apple provides editing tools right inside the Photos app that let you straighten, rotate, crop, and even change your pictures' aspect ratio easily. That way, you get your photos, and you get them framed just the way you want them.
- How to rotate in Photos
- How to straighten in Photos
- How to crop in Photos
- How to crop and resize photos
- How to change the aspect ratio in Photos
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How to use adjust light, color, and B&W in Photos for iPhone and iPad
Smart adjustments in Photos let you enhance your images, either automatically, intuitively, or precisely. The Magic wand is still there, of course, but you can also change light, color, and black and white with a swipe, or dive down into brightness, warmth, and other details. Crank it up, crush it down, or go gray. It's all up to you!
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- How to enhance images in Photos
- How to change the lighting in your photos on iPhone and iPad
- How to change color within Photos
- How to convert to black and white in Photos
- How to revert back to the original in Photos
How to apply filters in Photos for iPhone and iPad
Filters were once used to try and salvage the often-poor images captured by iPhone cameras. Now that iPhones have good cameras, filters are simply a way to have some fun. Flashes are another story. You can now apply live filters right from the Camera app.
- How to use filters in Photos for iPhone and iPad
- How to apply live filters with the Camera app on iPhone and iPad
How to markup images in Photos for iPhone and iPad
Did you know that the Photos app has a markup editor natively built-in? With the Markup editor, you're able to draw and doodle on your photos, add callouts to highlight specific areas of an image, and add text for funny captions. You can definitely get creative with your photos with markup, so feel free to let loose!
How to use extensions in Photos for iPhone and iPad
The Photos app works as a central hub for filters and effects pulled from all the extensibility-compatible editing apps you've downloaded from the App Store. Find the apps, install them, enable them, and then you can apply them all right from the Photos app. Best of all, they're non-destructive. That means you can change, remove, and revert them at any time.
- How to turn on photo and video extensions in Photos
- How to access and use photo and video extensions in Photos
How to make slideshows, contacts, and wallpapers from Photos for iPhone and iPad
Want to show off your pictures and videos to friends and family? You can create custom wallpapers and contact pictures, and even custom slideshows with automagic animations, transitions, and music that you can share on your iPhone or iPad or send to your Apple TV over AirPlay.
- How to assign pictures to contacts using the Photos app for iPhone and iPad
- How to set your iPhone or iPad wallpaper using the Photos apps
- How to start a slideshow with the Photos app for iPhone and iPad
- How to AirPlay your photos to your TV
How to print and share from Photos for iPhone and iPad
Keeping all your pictures and videos in the Photos app is incredibly convenient, but sometimes you just want to share them with others. That's where the Share Sheet comes in. With it, you can send pictures and videos through AirDrop, iMessage, Mail, iCloud, Twitter, Facebook, and more. You can even use AirPrint to make hard copies of your favorite images.
You can search for photos by typing in places or dates, or you can search by telling Siri where and when you want to look for. Say "May 2019," and you'll go right back. Ask for "Cupertino," and you'll be there. Combine the places and times, and Siri will take you anywhere — and anywhen — you want to go.
- How to share individual photos
- How to share multiple photos
- How to print photos
- How to find photos with Siri based on time
- How to find photo with Siri based on location
- How to find photos with Siri... using both!
- How to search for people, places, animals, and things in the Photos app for iPhone and iPad
Any Photos questions?
If you have any questions about the Photos app on iPhone or iPad, drop them in the comments below!
Updated November 2020: Updated for iOS 14 nad iPadOS 14.