How to Rearrange & Organize Albums in the iPad & iPhone Photos App

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When you make a photo album on your iPhone, the Photos app automatically sorts that picture album in the Albums tab in order of when the album was created. You can rearrange the order your albums appear in the Albums tab by holding and dragging your albums inside the Photos app. Read on to learn how to organize photos by rearranging how your albums appear in the Photos app.

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

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How to Rearrange & Organize Photo Albums in the Photos App on Your iPhone & iPad

We've already gone over how to create a photo album, how to delete albums on the iPhone, and even how to make a slideshow with music on your iPhone. For more great tutorials on how to use your Photos app, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's learn how to rearrange your photo albums in Apple's Photos app. To begin:

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

    iphone photos apptap the albums tab at the bottom of the screen
  3. Tap See All.
  4. Tap Edit in the upper right-hand corner.

    tap see all next to my albumstap edit
  5. Scroll through the gallery until you find the album you want to move. (Make sure you don't tap the red delete album button!)
  6. Press and hold the center of your album. 
  7. Continue holding as you drag the album.
  8. Release your finger to drop the album in its new location.

    touch the album in the middle and drag itdrop the album where you want it
  9. When you are finished rearranging your albums, tap Done in the upper right-hand corner.

    tap edit at the top of the screen
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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.