How to Navigate the Library Tab in the iPhone Photos App in iOS 14

What used to be called the Photos tab is now your Library, and recent updates have made it even easier to find exactly the photo you're looking for!

Knowing how to navigate the Photos app quickly and easily may not be obvious. In this article we'll discuss recent updates to the Photos app that may make it easier to navigate, and we'll go through a couple of how-tos so that you don't have to spend a long time searching for the right photos. Continue reading to learn Photos app shortcuts and how to navigate the Photos app using filters and search.

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How to Navigate Photos in the Library Tab on Your iPhone

As part of the iOS 14 update, Apple changed the name of the Photos tab to Library in your iPhone Photos app. The Library tab includes your entire collection of photos, regardless of source, and they're all organized by date and time. Here's the easiest way to navigate the Library tab in the iPhone Photos app.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Select the Library tab on the bottom left.

    Open your Photos appTap on the Library tab at the bottom left
  3. Select Years to group your photos by year.
  4. Select Months to group your photos by month.

    Browse photos by tapping on yearBrowse photos by tapping on month
  5. Selecting Days will show your most recent photos first.
  6. Finally, All Photos displays all your images in a gallery view.

    Browse photos by tapping on daysBrowse photos by tapping on all photos

These breakdowns by different times have gotten easier to navigate, which means that you don't have to scroll through so many photos to find the one you're looking for. If you are still having trouble finding the photo you're looking for, you may want to search for it! See the how-to below for guidance. If you're interested in even more tips to help you learn quick information about your Photos app and its features, you'll appreciate our free Tip of the Day newsletter, where you'll get access to one-minute tips that will help you master your iPhone.

How to Use Search to Navigate Photos on Your iPhone

One feature that has gotten even more useful with the iOS 14 update is the Search function within the Photos app. With the advent of photo captions and better sorting and identifying features for photos in your Library, searching is now easier, more efficient, and much more accurate. Here's how to use Search in the Photos app:

  1. Open the Photos app if you're not already there.
  2. Tap on the Search tab at the bottom right of the screen.

    Open your Photos appTap on the search on the bottom right
  3. Tap into the gray search bar.

    Tap on the search bar to search photos
  4. Enter a simple search term, such as a year or a subject. You can see I used the year 2019 in one search and the search term "chickens" in another search. You can even use multiple terms at a time to narrow your search even more.

    Enter search termEnter search term

Play around with different search terms, and try adding captions to make searching even easier!

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.