In the same way that creating separate playlists of songs organises your music on an iPhone, creating separate albums for the photographs on your iPhone makes it easy to view all of your favourite photographs. Albums can be named to make them easy to locate once they have been transferred to the phone and can contain as few or as many photos as you want, as long as your iPhone has enough storage space. Like most other media on an iPhone, photo albums must be created first on the computer and then loaded to the phone using iTunes.
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Things you need
Launch iPhoto. You cannot create albums directly in iTunes, and iPhoto offers the easiest way to pull your photos into iTunes for syncing onto your iPhone.
Go to the “File” menu in iPhoto and select “New Album.” Enter a name for the album when prompted and click the “Create” button. The new album appears in the “Source” pane of iPhoto.
Click the “Library” button to get access to all of the photos stored on your computer’s hard drive. Browse through the folders on the hard drive and drag any photos that you want to include in the album from the folder to the new album in the source pane.
Create a new folder on the computer’s desktop by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop, hovering over “New” and selecting “Folder.” Name the folder whatever you want your iPhone album to be named.
Double-click the empty folder to open it on your screen. Go to the “My Computer” or “Computer” option found in the “Start” menu and navigate to the folder on your computer that contains the pictures you want to include in your iPhone album. Double-click the folder to open it in a separate window.
Drag the pictures that you want in your iPhone album from the folder that they are stored in to the album folder you created for your iPhone. Continue this process until you have added all of the photos that you want in the album to the album folder.
Plug your iPhone into the computer using the cord that came with it and launch iTunes. When the iPhone icon appears under the “Devices” heading in the left pane, click on the icon to select the iPhone.
Go to the “Photos” tab in version 7.0 or later of iTunes. In earlier versions, get to the “Photos” feature by going to the “iTunes” or “Edit” menu and selecting “Preferences.” Then, choose “iPod” and “Photos.”
Click in the box next to “Sync photos from” to show a menu of syncing options. Choose iPhoto if your album was created in iPhoto, and check the album that you want to sync in the “Selected albums” list. Select “Choose Folder” if the album was created in a folder on your desktop. When prompted to find the album, navigate to the folder that you created and double-click the folder to pull it into iTunes and sync it to your iPhone.
Tips and warnings
- Transfer any photos that you have stored on your iPhone to the computer before syncing albums to your iPhone. Syncing photos to the iPhone overwrites the photos that are already on it.
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