How to Make Folders for Photo Albums on iPhone in the Photos App (2023)

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If you have a lot of photo albums on your iPhone, it can be easy to waste a ton of time searching through them to find what you're looking for. One of my favorite tricks is to create folders to sort my photo albums into, which makes life a lot easier. We'll show you how to create folders for photo albums to help you sort and organize iPhone photos.

Related: Organize Pictures on Your iPhone the Quick & Easy Way (iOS 16)

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Create a folder to hold multiple photo albums or folders in the Photos app.
  • Reduce the number of albums you have to scroll through by creating several main folders.

How to Create Photo Folders on iPhone

Unfortunately, you can't move already existing photo albums into an album folder you create, but hopefully that feature will be added in a future operating system. For now, we'll cover how to create iPhone photo folders and nest other albums or folders within the main one. To learn more about how to organize your iPhone and Photos, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Tap the Albums tab.

  3. Tap the plus icon.

  4. Tap New Folder.

  5. Name your new folder and tap Save.

  6. Tap the new folder to open it. 

  7. Tap Edit

  8. Tap the plus icon.

  9. Tap New Album or New Folder

  10. Type a name for your new subfolder or album and press Save.

  11. Tap the photos you want to include in your album.

  12. Tap Done.

If you would like a refresher on how to create an Album on your iPhone or iPad, read this.

Now you can keep your folders and albums organized to make finding the exact photos you're looking for much easier. One of our team members uses this trick to sort her photos into categories such as the Micro folder, which holds her Bugs, Plants, and Rocks albums. How many photo albums do you have on your iPhone? Do you think this this will come in handy for you?

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.