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How to Add Photos to iPhone into Folders

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A lot of people get addicted to “the pinch” when viewing photos on the iPhone. A common question I get asked when people view my pictures is “how did you organize them into folders?”. Well, the solution is simple and it’s not very complicated at all. This following method is for PC users, for Mac users it would involve the same but tinkering with iPhoto. More on that later!

How to Add Photos to iPhone into Folders

Step One: Create a new folder on your desktop. Within this folder, create new folders and rename them to whatever you wish. EG Travel, Family, etc. Drag and drop your specific pictures into these renamed folders.

Step Two: Plug in your iPhone and launch iTunes. Click on your iPhone, and under the Photos tab at the top, tick off the appropriate folders you want your iPhone to sync with (these being the folders you just created and renamed). Next, sync your iPhone and TADA! Organized folders on your iPhone will appear!

I hope this helps all those people out there that asked me how to do this. Let me know how it goes for you. πŸ™‚

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  • LoWd0Wn

    Do you have to drag those folders into My Pictures after or will itunes find them on the desktop?
    I did similar but I made the folders in My Pictures, and synced that.
    Thanks

  • LoWd0Wn

    Do you have to drag those folders into My Pictures after or will itunes find them on the desktop?
    I did similar but I made the folders in My Pictures, and synced that.
    Thanks

  • LoWd0Wn

    Do you have to drag those folders into My Pictures after or will itunes find them on the desktop?
    I did similar but I made the folders in My Pictures, and synced that.
    Thanks

  • X1Zero

    Having the pictures sync from “My Pictures” is not a problem. The directory does not matter (where you put the folders), just within iTunes/iPhone, locate the folders you want to sync and done!

  • X1Zero

    Having the pictures sync from “My Pictures” is not a problem. The directory does not matter (where you put the folders), just within iTunes/iPhone, locate the folders you want to sync and done!

  • X1Zero

    Having the pictures sync from “My Pictures” is not a problem. The directory does not matter (where you put the folders), just within iTunes/iPhone, locate the folders you want to sync and done!

  • BikerProf

    Yeah, I managed to work that out but there doesn’t appear to be any way to move pictures from folder to folder on the phone itself. Any ideas?

  • BikerProf

    Yeah, I managed to work that out but there doesn’t appear to be any way to move pictures from folder to folder on the phone itself. Any ideas?

  • BikerProf

    Yeah, I managed to work that out but there doesn’t appear to be any way to move pictures from folder to folder on the phone itself. Any ideas?

  • SandraJ

    So if you have pictures that you took with your iphone, you have to transfer them to your PC organize them there and then move back to your iphone, when you sinc?

  • SandraJ

    So if you have pictures that you took with your iphone, you have to transfer them to your PC organize them there and then move back to your iphone, when you sinc?

  • SandraJ

    So if you have pictures that you took with your iphone, you have to transfer them to your PC organize them there and then move back to your iphone, when you sinc?

  • BikerProf

    That right. It seems that you can’t organize photos on the phone directly. OK if you’ve got a PC nearby, but what if you’re travelling? I hope this gets fixed.

  • BikerProf

    That right. It seems that you can’t organize photos on the phone directly. OK if you’ve got a PC nearby, but what if you’re travelling? I hope this gets fixed.

  • BikerProf

    That right. It seems that you can’t organize photos on the phone directly. OK if you’ve got a PC nearby, but what if you’re travelling? I hope this gets fixed.

  • steveygti

    very nice! it works! You explained it so very well, that it was so very easy to do! my next question: Is it possible to transfer pictures from folder to folder on the iPhone? Thanks!!
    Steve

  • Rom57

    You can also use the iPhone application named Photo-Sort. Here is the link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-sort/id349

  • Rom57

    You can also use the iPhone application named Photo-Sort. Here is the link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-sort/id349041242?mt=8

  • Rom57

    You can also use the iPhone application named Photo-Sort. Here is the link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-sort/id349041242?mt=8

  • Rom57

    You can also use the iPhone application named Photo-Sort. Here is the link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-sort/id349041242?mt=8

  • mio

    tq~

  • mio

    tq~

  • Silvernite

    Hi i tried this but it instead of itunes saving the pics under the photos tab they were saved to Settings- Wallpaper. any idea why?

  • Thh

    Thank you – this was so clear and helpful. It worked.

  • Gpcharger88

    Perfect, my photos got all scattered and out of order the last time I updated, annoyed the heck out of me. Thanks for the clear and thorough tutorial, I’m going to do that right when I get home πŸ™‚

  • Gpcharger88

    Perfect, my photos got all scattered and out of order the last time I updated, annoyed the heck out of me. Thanks for the clear and thorough tutorial, I’m going to do that right when I get home πŸ™‚

  • Ella

    I don’t quite understand??

  • Masud

    Hi Gary!!
    I read several post on my question; but yours was the most simplest & best.

    Regards,
    Masud

  • Glad I could help! πŸ™‚

  • Mike

    this is not the case my iphone will not alow me to have folders in folders if i were to click that folder for syncing it would just take all the pictures within that folder and the folders within it and combine them together in one album. In my opinion this is a major flaw with the iphone as it requires you to back up your iphone and delete everything just to add a single folder then restore the rest….

  • Love John

    Sweet. Glad I found this as I was getting so frustrated. I dislike that I can’t move or organize on the iPhone itself. I couldn’t find anyone else to explain how to create these folders within Photos – not even my customer service tech.

    as others have said hopefully Apple will give us the ability in the future. Unfortunately with Steve Jobs’ illness I doubt anyone else will care enough.

  • Azrie

    Hi!
    However the photos in folders will still appears into the Photo Library? Thanks.

    Regards,
    Azrie

  • Azrie

    Hi!
    However the photos in folders will still appears into the Photo Library? Thanks.

    Regards,
    Azrie

  • Yes

  • Yes

  • Calgary

    backup/restore photos directly on device http://www.idrive.com/?uid=L5F5Y3O4P5

    also has desktop application to auto maintain backups for your favorite pictures/videos/documents/etc

  • Kiim

    I recently restored my iphone (4) due to a forgotten password … But now it wont let me add fotos to my iphone it says its importing them but when its done and i chek my pictures on my iphone it says no photos or videos .. Please help =/

  • Kiim

    I recently restored my iphone (4) due to a forgotten password … But now it wont let me add fotos to my iphone it says its importing them but when its done and i chek my pictures on my iphone it says no photos or videos .. Please help =/

  • Tarun Thukral

    Hi
    I want to know why itunes delete the previous photographs when i connect and add new one in it. when i press sync it asks to replace the new photographs with the old ones.
    I want to get all the photographs after adding the new ones.
    Can anyone tell me at thukral.tarun @gmai:disqusl..com
    Regards
    Tarun Thukral

  • Tarun Thukral

    Hi
    I want to know why itunes delete the previous photographs when i connect and add new one in it. when i press sync it asks to replace the new photographs with the old ones.
    I want to get all the photographs after adding the new ones.
    Can anyone tell me at thukral.tarun @gmai:disqusl..com
    Regards
    Tarun Thukral

  • Tarun Thukral

    Hi
    I want to know why itunes delete the previous photographs when i connect and add new one in it. when i press sync it asks to replace the new photographs with the old ones.
    I want to get all the photographs after adding the new ones.
    Can anyone tell me at thukral.tarun @gmai:disqusl..com
    Regards
    Tarun Thukral

  • Fuckyou

    arghh there are no pictures in itunes you fucking retard

  • Manaswini

    i get two folders with the same set of pictures. it says photo library on one folder and the required photos in the folder i created. Mine is an iphone4 with ios5.

  • Puppet73

    I get that too. Don’t know how to get rid of one.

  • Xxanitaxx325

    how bout if u dont have a Photos tab at the top? how do u add it?

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