How to Favorite Your Photos & Easily Access Them on iPhone

How to Favorite Your Images and Easily Access Them

We all know you can create your own albums in the Photos app, but did you know you can also Favorite all your best pictures? And that when you do, they’re automatically saved in one convenient album? Choosing favorite photos on your iPhone is similar to tapping a heart on an Instagram photo, but doing so creates a folder of all the photos you’ve favorited. Here’s how to select your favorite images and easily access them later on your iPhone. 

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How to Favorite Your Photos on iPhone

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Tap on a photo you want to Favorite; you’ll notice a heart-shaped symbol located at the bottom. Simply tap the heart to automatically Favorite the image.
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  • Tap on the back arrow.
  • Now tap on albums at the bottom of your screen.
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  • Tap on the album titled Favorites filled with all the shots you’ve selected with a heart.
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If you decide you'd like to remove images from your Favorites album, here's what to do.

  • Tap on the image in the album to open it, then tap the heart again. 
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Removing a photo from your Favorites album will not remove it All Photos. Don't tap the trash can icon next to the heart icon unless you want to entirely delete a picture from your Photo Library.

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Senior Video Producer 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).