The 2 Fastest Ways to Organize Photos on an iPhone

Forget scrolling through your entire camera roll picture by picture to find vacation pictures or to create a compilation of your favorite people, and instead group them quickly and save them all at once into an album or memory for your enjoyment whenever you want to look. Here are the two quickest ways to organize photos on your iPhone. Since the Photos app isn't the most intuitive when it comes to sorting, you may be wondering about the best way to organize photos on the iPhone in a quick and easy way. While there are several different ways to do this, including downloading photo organization apps, there are easy and streamlined ways to sort your photos quickly and without complication in the iPhone Photos app. 

The Fastest Way Save Photos to an Album on the iPhone

The fastest way to organize iPhone photos is to create albums or Memories. Your phone automatically creates a few different albums such as Recents, Favorites, albums from different apps, etc., but you can also create your own custom iOS photo albums. Whether you want to create by location, date, subject, or your own custom guidelines, here's how to save photos to an album on your iPhone. 

First, you can search for your group of photos by location, date, or subject:

  1. Tap on your Photos app.
  2. Tap the Search button.

  3. Enter your specifications. It can be a subject, location, date, or all of the above. You can also ask Siri to show you these pictures.

  4. Next, save the photos to an album. Tap See All.
  5. Tap Select.

  6. Tap the first picture you want to include, then keep your finger on the screen and swipe down to select them all.
  7. Tap the Share button.

  8. Tap Add to Album.
  9. Tap the album you want them in or create a new one.


The Fastest Way to Make a Memory on the iPhone

Another quick way to organize photos to on an iPhone is by creating memories with your search results. Memories are slideshows that your iPhone automatically creates for you when you continually take photos in a certain location or over a specific period of time. These iPhone picture memories are a sweet way to remember a special time or place, aided by their music options. While your phone does compile memory videos automatically, you can create custom ones as well.

  1. Search for Photos using the steps above.
  2. Tap See All.
  3. Tap the arrow to the right of your search terms.

  4. Tap the Play button on the bottom right of the preview box.
  5. Once the video starts playing, tap the screen to bring up the menu on the bottom.

  6. Slide the bars that appear to choose your music and video length.

These are two great ways to organize your iPhone photos and keep them from getting lost among the thousands of photos on in your Recent album. Happy sorting!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.