How to Find Imports in the Photos App on an iPhone & iPad

Where do pictures and videos go when you save them to your iPhone or iPad? There's a section in the Photos app just for imported media, and you can filter and search your imports there, as well!

Are you wondering, "how do I find my photos and videos I imported to my iPhone?" There's a section just for imported media in the Photos app where you can easily find all the images and videos you've saved from text messages, the web, and more. We'll show you how to find Imports, and filter for pictures, video, edited media, and favorites, so it's easier to find the image or video you're searching for. 

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Related: How to Do a Photo Search Using Photo Captions on Your iPhone (New for iOS 14)

How to Find Pictures & Videos You’ve Imported to Your iPhone

We've already gone over how to do a picture search by an object, how to search for a picture by location, and how to use Siri to search photos by time or location. For more great tutorials on organizing and finding your photos, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's learn how to find the Imports tab in the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, so you can find and filter all the pictures and videos you've imported to your phone or tablet. 

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap the Albums tab.

    iphone photos apptap the albums tab
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Imports.
  4. To find a specific kind of imported photo, tap Filter.

    tap importstap filter
  5. Tap the type of import you're looking for, then tap Done.

    select the type of import and tap done
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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.