Photo Folders for Apple’s iPhones & iPads Help to Organize Large Photo Collections (on ios 12 and Higher)

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Updated August 3, 2020

If you find yourself constantly struggling with very large collections of photos on iPhones and iPads…back in September 2018 (under ios 12’s reign) Apple introduced a great new tool to help you.

Introducing Photo Folders (for ios 12 on up)

There’s just one little problem with Apple’s great new feature!

Apple didn’t bother to tell anyone about it!

They didn’t announce it as a new feature. They didn’t create a support page explaining how photo folders actually function in ios. They didn’t even teach us how to physically work with folders. For all practical purposes it seems Apple has chosen to ignore this newest incarnation of photo folders completelyother than to create them!

It happened quite by accident when I noticed what appeared to be their use online by an ios user a few days before I wrote this post. To say I was surprised, amazed and thrilled with my discovery would be an understatement!

Example of photo Folders and photo albums.

New Folders Features in the Photos App!

How Can ios Photo Folders Help You?

Probably the best thing about folders is that you can use them to group several similar photo albums together. By doing this you significantly reduce the amount of time spent scrolling through photo albums searching for the correct one.

My YouTube Video

Shows You Some Ways You Can Use Photo Folders

A word of warning: My video is pretty rambling because I was just figuring out how they worked while I recorded it and also because there are several iterations of the different ways to implement them the kind of things. If you want to skip over some of this and get into the heart of it…just use your finger or mouse to drag the video’s scrub bar (the little moving red dot at the bottom left) to around the 6 minute mark.

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 lot...so it’s become a fairly serious note contender...as 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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