How to Move and Organize Photos Into Albums on an iPhone

  • Easily sort and organize your iPhone photos into custom albums
  • Move photos from your camera roll into specific albums to declutter your library
  • Create, rename, and delete albums right on your iPhone
  • Add photos to existing albums or create new ones in just a few taps

The iPhone’s Photos app has come a long way in terms of organization features. One of the most useful ways to keep your photo library tidy is by creating albums and moving photos into them. This allows you to group related images together, making them easier to find and enjoy later. Whether you want to organize photos by event, date, people, or any other criteria, albums are the way to go.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of moving photos into albums on your iPhone, as well as creating, renaming, and deleting albums. By the end, you’ll have a well-organized photo library that’s a pleasure to browse.

Creating a New Album

To get started, open the Photos app on your iPhone and follow these steps:

  1. Tap on the “Albums” tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the “+” button in the top left corner.
  3. Select “New Album” from the menu.
  4. Give your album a name and tap “Save.”
  5. Choose the photos you want to add to the album by tapping on them. Selected photos will have a blue checkmark.
  6. Tap “Done” when you’ve selected all the photos you want to include.

Your new album will now appear in the “My Albums” section of the Albums tab.

Adding Photos to an Existing Album

If you already have an album created and want to add more photos to it, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the “Library” tab in the Photos app.
  2. Tap “Select” in the top right corner.
  3. Tap on the photos you want to add to your album.
  4. Tap the “Share” button (square with an arrow pointing upward) in the bottom left corner.
  5. Choose “Add to Album.”
  6. Select the album you want to add the photos to, or choose “New Album” to create a new one.

The selected photos will be added to your chosen album, but they’ll also remain in your main photo library.

Moving Photos to an Album

To move a photo from your main library into an album, effectively removing it from the “Recents” view, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Albums tab and select the “Recents” album (or “All Photos” in earlier iOS versions).
  2. Tap “Select” and choose the photos you want to move.
  3. Tap the “Share” button, then choose “Add to Album.”
  4. Select the destination album or create a new one.
  5. The photos will be moved to the selected album and removed from the “Recents” view.

Keep in mind that moving photos to an album doesn’t delete them from your iPhone. They’ll still be accessible in the “Library” tab and in any other albums they’ve been added to.

Renaming and Deleting Albums

As your photo library grows and evolves, you may want to rename or delete some of your albums. Here’s how:

Renaming an Album

  1. In the Albums tab, tap “See All” next to “My Albums.”
  2. Tap “Edit” in the top right corner.
  3. Tap the album you want to rename.
  4. Type in the new name and tap “Done.”

Deleting an Album

  1. Go to the Albums tab and tap “See All” next to “My Albums.”
  2. Tap “Edit.”
  3. Tap the red minus button next to the album you want to delete.
  4. Tap “Delete Album” to confirm.

Deleting an album doesn’t delete the photos it contains. Those photos will still be available in your main library and any other albums they’re part of.

Tips for Organizing Your Albums

Now that you know how to create and manage albums on your iPhone, here are a few tips to keep your photo library organized:

  • Be descriptive with album names: Use names that clearly describe the contents of the album, such as “Summer Vacation 2023” or “Family Reunion.”
  • Create albums for specific events or themes: Group photos from weddings, birthdays, holidays, or trips into their own albums.
  • Use albums to showcase your best work: Make an album for your favorite photos or your best shots in a particular genre, like landscapes or portraits.
  • Organize by people: Create albums for individual family members or friends, so you can easily find photos of them.
  • Make use of the “Favorites” album: Add your most cherished photos to the built-in Favorites album for quick access.

By taking a little time to sort your photos into albums, you’ll make your iPhone’s photo library much more manageable and enjoyable to use.


Can I add the same photo to multiple albums?

Yes, you can add a photo to as many albums as you want without creating duplicate copies. The photo will still exist in your main library, but it will also appear in any albums you’ve added it to.

Will deleting a photo from an album delete it from my iPhone?

No, removing a photo from an album will not delete it from your iPhone. It will only remove the photo from that specific album, but the original will still be in your main library and any other albums it’s part of.

Can I create albums on my iPhone and see them on my other Apple devices?

Yes, if you have iCloud Photos enabled, any albums you create on your iPhone will sync across your other Apple devices signed in with the same Apple ID. This includes iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs.

Is there a limit to how many albums I can create on my iPhone?

There is no practical limit to the number of albums you can create on your iPhone. You can make as many as you need to organize your photos effectively.

Can I sort the photos within an album?

Yes, you can sort photos within an album by date, title, or manually. To do this, open the album, tap the “More” button (three dots) in the top right corner, and choose “Sort.” From there, select your preferred sorting method.