How to Create a Photo Album on Your iPhone & iPad (Updated for iOS 15)

Here's how to organize photos and videos by making albums on your iPhone or iPad.

Apple’s iOS Photos app has a few default photo albums that automatically organize the photos on your iPhone. But what if you’d like to create a new photo album? The Photos app allows users to organize pictures and into albums they create. Here’s how to make an album from photos and videos on an iPhone.

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How to Make Photo Albums on an iPhone & iPad (Updated for iOS 15)

If you want to organize photos on your iPhone or iPad, it's time to create photo albums! Here's how to make photo albums in the Photos app. For more great photo organization tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day

  1. Open the Photos app.

    apple photos app
  2. Tap the Albums tab, then tap the plus symbol.

    tap the plus sign to create a new album
  3. Tap either New Album or New Shared Album.

    tap new album or new shared album
  4. Give your new album a title and tap Save.

    name and save new iphone album
  5. Tap photos to add to the new album and tap Done when you're finished. Or tap Done and add photos later.

    tap done when finished adding photos to album

Your new album will now appear in the Albums tab.

How to Add Photos to Album on iPhone & iPad

Now that you’ve made an album, you may be wondering: “Can you organize photos in albums on an iPhone?” and, “How do I put my photos into albums?” You can add videos and pictures to albums you’ve already created; here’s how.

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap the Library tab, then Select

    tap select to choose photos for album
  2. Tap the video or photo thumbnails you want to add, then tap the Share icon

    tap the share icon
  3. Scroll down, then tap Add to Album or Add to Shared Album.

    add photos and videos to album on iphone
  4. Tap the album you want to add your photos and videos to. 

    tap the album you want to add photos to

How to Add Photos to Album on iPhone & iPad Using the Search Field

An even faster way to find and add content to an album is to use the Search field. To do this: 

  1. Tap the Search tab and enter your specifications. This can be a subject, location, date, caption, or all of the above. You can also ask Siri to show you these pictures. 

    enter your search term in apple photos app
  2. Tap See All.

    tap see all
  3. Tap Select
  4. Tap the first picture you want to include, then keep your finger on the screen and swipe down to select them all, or tap selected photos, then tap the Share icon

    tap the share icon
  5. Tap Add to Album

    tap add to album
  6. Tap the album you want the photos in, or create a new album.

How to Add Photos to Album on iPhone & iPad Using the Plus Sign

You can also use this method: 

  1. Tap the album you'd like to add photos to, then tap Add at the top of the screen.

    tap add to add photos to album
  2. Tap the photos and videos you’d like to include, then tap Done

    tap done when finished adding photos

How to Delete a Photo Album on iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app and tap the Albums tab.
  2. Tap See All to the right of the album category that contains the album you want to delete.

    tap see all
  3. Tap Edit in the top-right corner.

    tap edit at the top of the screen
  4. Tap the red circle on the album you want to delete.

    tap the minus sign
  5. Tap Delete Album.

    tap delete album

Now you know how to organize photos in the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad!

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Author Details

Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).