How to Filter Photos in the iPhone Photos App in iOS 14

If you have a lot of photos on your iPhone, it can be hard to search through them all to find exactly what you're looking for. Fortunately, the Photos app comes with several ways to search and filter your Photos to make finding them easier.

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of photos and videos on my iPhone, and it's not usually easy to find the exact one I'm looking for. I especially don't want to have to scan through unedited versions while looking for the edited version of a photo; it's so hard to tell by the thumbnail if I'm picking the right one. Fortunately, iOS 14 updates to the Photos app have brought us a lot more tricks for filtering and finding photos on your iPhone. Here's how to use filters in the All Photos section of your Photos app.

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How Do You Filter Photos on the iPhone?

Now, we're not talking about applying creative photo filters here—this is about ease of access and navigating your photos in the All Photos section of your iPhone Photos app. For more tips on how to use new iOS 14 features, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter. In it you'll find one-minute tips to help you master your device's new tricks and settings.

To apply and change the filter parameters and make your photo search easier, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Photos app.
  2. Tap on the Library tab.

    Open the Photos appTap on the Library tab
  3. Tap on All Photos if you're not already there.
  4. Tap on the circle with the three dots in it in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Tap on All PhotosTap on the circle with the three dots in the upper-right corner
  5. Tap on Filter.

    Tap on Filter
  6. Select the filter or filters you'd like to apply, then tap Done.

    Select which filters you'd like to applyTap Done to save the filters you choose
  7. If you want to edit your filter parameters, you can tap on the filter icon at the top of your screen whenever you'd like.

    Tap on the Filter icon at the top of the screen to adjust your filters

And there you have it! Since filtering images in the Photos app is so quick and easy, you can take advantage of this function whenever you want to make things easier by narrowing your photo search.

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith is a Feature Writer for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around seven years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.