How to Find Your Photo Albums in ios 10

Displayed above:  a new feature in ios 10…found via the Memories Tab discussed further down.

ios 10 Adds New Smart Albums

After reading the TechCrunch post  warning Apple users that ios 10 was bricking devices I decided to wait for a while and see if the problem would be readily addressed.  It was and Apple came out with 10.1 in record time.  So, I finally got up the courage to upgrade the first of my iPads to ios 10.  If you’re wondering what I mean by the first…I have a lot of iPads for 2 primary reasons:

    1. I do all my work on iPads and usually use 2 or 3 at a time the way others use multiple monitors…I can’t afford to be without at least 2 functioning iPads at any given time.
    2. I didn’t always have so many…ios 8 was the turning point.  When both my iPad Air and iPad mini ended up with corrupt versions of ios 8 I had to get new ones to keep working until I had time to copy all the content on them that wasn’t iCloud based therefore being backed up by iCloud.  You can read more about my problems with ios 8 here.


How Many iPads Do I Have?

The only reason I’m including this section is because surprisingly I get asked this ALL THE TIME!  I’m not entirely sure why…but it does seem to bug some people…especially relatives who’d like me to give them an old iPad, or who think I’m just playing around because they’ve never actually read my blog…you know who you are :-/  But I don’t get rid of them…I keep and reuse them as backups or for a dedicated purposes. So, this is approximate because it’s always changing…but right now I have 2 iPad Air 2’s, one original Air, one mini Retina, one mini 3, and 2 iPad Pros…the 9.7″ and 12″ model.


Upgrading to ios 10 the Right Way

The best way to upgrade to a new ios is via your computer using iTunes. But that takes more time and since I have one corrupt iPad which got that way from an ios 9 update, I decided to test the waters by using that one as my guinea pig for 10. Throwing all caution to the wind because frankly I’ve got nothing to lose since this device is already corrupt…I chose the riskier alternative of updating ‘over the air.’

I was secretly hoping of course that ios 10 might fix the corrupt problem too…the jury is still out…but I think it may have!

My Photo Albums Have All Disappeared!!!

Immediately following the upgrade I opened the Photo’s app to look for something.  I was surprised to see that ios 10 includes 2 new smart albums…people and places…as well as a new menu tab at the bottom entitled Memories. I was also pretty shocked to see that Apple appeared to have replaced all my photo albums with the new ones!  Below is a screenshot of what I found upon opening the Photo’s app.

ios 10's new photo albums

I Found Them…Almost By Accident!!!

I tapped around everywhere while holding my breath in the hopes that Apple hadn’t done away with all of  my former Albums.

My photo albums are still there!

My photo albums are still there!

Initially, I couldn’t see them anywhere nor could I find some hidden area where they might be.  After searching Google I realized there weren’t a lot of other people asking about this in forums or writing about missing albums, so I decided to search within the Photo app again. I still didn’t find them.

I tried every single menu item yet again as well as swiping right and left anywhere and everywhere. Suddenly the new ios 10 albums slid up just a little bit…revealing my former albums (shown in the screenshot above.) Apparently,  I’d accidentally tapped or swiped somewhere on the screen to make this happen…probably I swiped up a little bit as I was swiping sideways. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried swiping up and down…it’s just not a very intuitive move on that particular screen.

But now I know…that the way to find the missing albums is by swiping up in the Photo app.

New Memories Tab

I was completely and utterly relieved (I really can’t emphasize this point enough!) because Apple had done some things in the past that had permanently messed up all of my  photos & photo albums…necessitating that I spend countless hours rebuilding & restoring my former organization. After breathing a huge sigh of relief and knowing that I didn’t have to worry anymore, I began exploring the new smart albums and the new Memories tab. All three new features are really great.  You can read more about them in CNET’S thorough post.

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About vsajewel

Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouTube channel which I use to better illustrate some of the 'how to's' in my posts. I love everything about technology. Currently, my main interests/platforms are ios, Windows and Amazon Echo. Recently I decided we were spending way too much money with our local cable provider. So I decided to cut the cord. There is a definite learning curve, especially the antennae part, but we successfully did that and are now saving a boatload of money, so I write some about that. I also am extremely conscientious about security because of an event my family endured , so I write a lot about that too. Two sub-categories of security I tend to focus on are the password manager Dashlane and Hardware Firewalls. Last, I take a lot of notes and have been a beta tester for Evernote for many years. I love Evernote! In recent years Apple has beefed up Apple Notes a it’s become a fairly serious note long as its OK if you lose or mess up all your Apple note data. I write about those 2 note platforms primarily.
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10 Responses to How to Find Your Photo Albums in ios 10

  1. Anonymous says:

    It didn’t work for me


  2. curtneedsaride says:

    Weird. Mine disappeared recently too. iOS 10.2.1 on my iPhone 6. I didn’t have any changes to my phone or iOS since My Albums were last seen. But trying to go to them in order to add some new photos, and I was surprised by the fact they were all gone! I still have all of my photos, my shared albums, and the normal iOS 10 albums. But My Albums weren’t below the iOS 10 ones. So, I created a new one to see where it would go. And sure enough, it went below the iOS 10 albums. But that new test album was the only one under My Albums. So, it looks like I’ve lost mine. Don’t know what happened, though.


    • vsajewel says:

      That’s really bizarre! Thanks so much for commenting here. I’m going to research that a bit and see if others have had similar experiences. I really appreciate your taking the time to comment!


  3. Matthew says:

    I’m sure I’d swiped up in the photo ap and there was nothing but after reading this article I went on and everything was there again!!! Thank you!


    • vsajewel says:

      Hi Matthew, Sorry to take so long to reply…better late than never I guess. I’ve spent a few days trying to get a handle on my comments…because they show up different ways and many end up being private with no way to reply, which is where yours ended up being. Now that I get everything I’ve moved yours and can reply! Phew! So, THANK YOU! I’m really happy this worked for you! Someone else emailed me right before you did and after several days of back and forth emails I failed to help him get access to his again and was beginning to doubt that this method still works. So I really appreciate your comment more than you can know :-)


  4. Danielle says:

    Thank you for the excellent post


  5. Zandra says:

    This is actually helpful, thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lovie says:

    Thanks for the terrific post

    Liked by 1 person

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