Creating Photo Albums on your iPhone is not really straight forward so below I will describe numerous ways to organize images on your iPhone. You can use third party applications to organize folders and images or you can use the built in Photo Album functionality. Below I describe how to use either method including tips on what to watch out for and allow you to make an educated decision on the best way to manage your images.

Create Photo Albums on iPhone:

Creating Photo Albums on your iPhone via your Windows computer must be done via iTunes and the synchronization of your iPhone to iTunes on your computer. Currently with the iPhone 3.0.1 firmware there is not a way to simply add a new folder on the iPhone. You need to instead enable syncing Photos via iTunes. I would suggest creating a folder on your local Windows computer specifically managing Photo Albums on your iPhone.

So on your local computer create a folder called “IPHONE” and underneath of that folder is where you should place folders named with the names of the Photo Albums you want on your iPhone. Now add images into those folders that you would like on the iPhone. Once you have placed all of the images in the proper folders within the IPHONE folder you created now it is time to enable syncing between iTunes and your iPhone. With the iPhone connected to your computer via USB open iTunes and click on the iPhone in the left column navigation menu which will open the Photos synchronization configuration window as shown below.

Manage iPhone Photo Albums with iTunes on Windows Computer

Once opened put a check in the box next to “Sync Photos From” and then select the folder you created on your Windows computer. If you followed the example the folder name will be IPHONE as shown above in the image. Only folders that actually have images in them will be synchronized to the iPhone. Once you have made all of the configuration changes click the Sync  button in the bottom right corner to save and begin the synchronization process.

Please note that with this solution if you take photos with your iPhone and want to organize them in different Photo Albums that you will need to do so by downloading them to your computer first and then organizing them in the various folders(Photo Albums) underneath the IPHONE folder you initially created above.

Manage Photos With iPhone Third Party Application Called Photo Album Pro:

Another way to manage the images and folders on your iPhone is with a third party iPhone application called Photo Album Pro which costs $5.99 from the iTunes store. The image below shows the interface that allows you to add, modify, and delete folders.

Photo Album Pro Folder Management

This application provides a bunch of functionality beyond being able to manage images in various folders such as the ability to upload and download images over the wireless connection. The image below shows some of the Photo Album Pro options that can be modified.

iPhone Third Party Application Photo Album Pro Options

Photo Album Pro also offers the ability to modify numerous effects such as Saturation, Luminosity, Temperature, and Color Balance as shown below.

iPhone Photo Album Pro Effects

The folders that you can create, modify, and delete from within Photo Album Pro are not the same as your iPhone’s Photo Albums so it actually complicates things a bit when trying to manage images though overall the functionality added is well worth the $5.99. There is also a really useful User Guide that you can get to from within the application if you ever have any questions about how some of the Photo Album Pro functionality works as shown below.

Photo Album Pro User Guide on iPhone

Currently the Photo Albums and/or folder management for images on the iPhone is really lacking and in my opinion Apple should be providing a much better interface to do this with the default software. There are so many things about the iPhone that make it stand so tall above other devices in its class however with some minor improvements such as being able to simply add a new Photo Album without having to synchronize or being able to move images between folders from the iPhone then I think people would be that much more satisfied. I also really hope that they come out with a real zoom feature and/or a flash.


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28 Responses to “How to Create Photo Albums On Your iPhone On A Windows XP Computer”
  1. Attila says:

    It’s pretty much the path i took. but imo none of these solution are satisfactory. option 1: is not true sync if you have to do it manually + movies are left behind…
    option 2: is only acceptable if it can replace the native app (pix and movs taken have to go to the apps folder). Apple should step up. This is so inconsistent with an otherwise excellent design…

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Attila,

    I could not agree more. When I actually got into this and attempted to figure out photo albums on my iPhone for the first time I was really suprised and how much trouble it was. You would think right from the camera interface you could create albums and sync them numerous ways. Hopefully in a code update in the future they figure out a better way to handle this because you are 100% correct right now… the design for this feature is horrid. I played around more with Photo Album Pro and honestly its just really not that good unless it could replace, like you say, the native application. Anyhow thanks for the feedback and hopefully if enough people speak out they will eventually give the application surrounding the camera some love.

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  2. Patrick Conner says:

    FAST QUESTION.. I am doing it as you first said with creating an iPhone folder and just putting my folders in that one and using iTunes. It works great but it doesnt show the short movie clips that i put in there.. Example..
    I have 12 pictures and 2 videos I took at a game.
    Sent all those to myself in email from iphone to personal email.
    wiped my iphone got a new one..
    created the folder iphone
    and synced all the files
    everything is there but the vidoes of the game (2) of them. they are on my computer
    but not in the folder. How can I do that..

    Thanks

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Patrick,

    Not sure if this was an option in iTunes 8 but in iTunes 9 there is an “Include videos” check box that needs to be checked to sync the videos to the Images/Photos folders. So if you drop the video you took from the iPhone into one of those folders and then sync based on that with the Include Videos check box checked it will automatically include the videos into the folders you have videos located in.

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks.
    Alex

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  3. PAtrick Conner says:

    Hi.. I am going to try that but I hope and I dont know for sure if it will work.. I also need to know (You seem like you might know) now we can only record about 35 seconds before we have “HAVE” to stop it so that we can send it through email. Is there anyway to extend that.. I would like to do about 50 to 1min but no more.. it would still be under 5meg if it was that big.. And It still would work to send to most email boxes.

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    alex Reply:

    I can promise it will work or I would not have taken the time to write it.

    This is a limitation regarding ATT and your iPhone. A clue to getting around it involves upgrading your iPhone to the latest 3.1 software and then use copy/paste of the video to paste the video into your email. There is still a limitation depending on what you are pasting the video into. Good luck.

    Thanks.
    Alex

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  4. Tony says:

    hello….i just tried this method out and it does work including video if you have itunes 9 however when i sync the photos all the albums are in folders however the pictures are rotated sideways and it does not show the full picture like it did when it was all in my camera roll….do you know why that is? can you help me out?

    Also to note all the pictures in my phone were taking with the iphone

    Thanks

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Tony,

    If you follow the directions in the above article it should work fine. I would check to make sure that you are following each step exactly and try again to see if you have different results.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  5. how to get a free iphone says:

    I had been informed about this from a friend (who pointed me here) so thanks for making it available.

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    alex Reply:

    Sure. Glad it helped.

    Thanks.
    Alex

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  6. Ming says:

    thanks for this tips.. I didn’t know why I didn’t figure you can sync the whole folder! Thanks for clarifying it….

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Ming,

    Sorry for the delay in response. No problem on calrifying… thanks for taking the time to leave feedback!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. Tamie says:

    downloaded the 4.0 software on my 3G and now a block of my pictures (pictures 260 – 498) are blacked out in the camera roll (mini photo pics) I can still access my pictures but have to advance thru each of them until I finally get to the one I want. Any suggestions on how to remove the black block to be able to see pics in quick view?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Tamie,

    The photo albums should work very similar to how they used to. It sounds almost as if all you need to do is click the “Photo Library” button at the top left of a single image. If the button is not displaying simply tap the center of the image to see the controls and the top and the bottom of the image. You will want to click the button at the top left corner titled Photo Library. If this is now what you are talking about please provide more details and a link to a screenshot that has been posted online if possible.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  8. Nicholas Leavitt says:

    Hey I followed your instructions and got photo album pro but that seemed too complicated to be able to manually create new folders and cut and paste pictures from Camera Roll to other folders, I did however manually create a folder and backed up my ipod, deleted all the pics and dragged what I want, everything worked out fine except now I have a photo library full of the pictures that I deleted and all the other folders I added are there, so it all worked out fine except I am now stuck with all the pictures that I removed in the photo library, and I cant delete them.

    Any idea?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Nicholas,

    Unfortunately this is the type of problem that is hard to troubleshoot without having access to the device. I also switched to a newer iPhone and during the process started using the default Camera Roll to manage photos so it had been awhile since I used Photo Album Pro. If you find a solution let us know what it is so hopefully others can learn from the information.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  9. Nick says:

    I actually am using the new iPod
    4g I was hoping that by now it would be manageable. I cant even delete
    Photos. Basically you have to have a computer to use an iPhone and iPod touch how they were meant to be used . Thumbs down apple

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Nick,

    Sorry to hear about your continued problems with your iPod 4G photos. Once you find a solution we would love to hear what it is.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  10. Russ says:

    The All Folders option did not work for me (iphone 4 on vista).
    I had to click:
    Selected Folders
    Check each folder
    re-sync.

    Just to re-iterate, iTunes only sync’s from the PC folders TO the iPhone.
    No photo album content goes from the phone to the pc via sync. itunes creates a photo cache directory that seems useless.

    To manage my photos, I have to copy from the camera roll to my PC folder directories, then sync back to the phone.

    Let me know if there’s a better way. iTunes sucks.

    Thanks for these tips.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Russ,

    No problem on the tips.

    It should actually work how you want it to however I broke some things awhile back on my computer and the Photo Sync hasn’t worked since. I am not sure if it is new iOS code or if it is something else on my Windows computer and I have yet to have time to look at it. If I do get time and do a find a solution then I will post it here.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  11. Kelly Lipp says:

    I’ve managed to get Albums set up but all of the photos are in the Photo Roll Album as well as the individual albums I’ve created. Having everything twice doesn’t make sense…

    Could Apple have made this harder?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Kelly Lipp,

    Well they could have made it harder but thankfully they didn’t. :) I couldn’t agree more that its a little bit more of a pain than it needs to be but maybe its easier on OSX? :)

    Thanks.
    alex

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    rlbates Reply:

    Could Apple not correct this with an update?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello rlbates,

    I am sure they could change it however they want though it is likely low on their priority list or its functioning as intended for some reason or another. There may be other dependencies or something… who knows. I would definitely say its not as good as it could be….

    Thanks.
    alex

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  12. VAinCA says:

    Totally awesome. I followed your directions exactly and am so happy with my results. Yes, now I have photo albums and I didn’t have to buy a MAC – although I do want one.

    Thank you for the simple, easy, and clear directions. So glad I didn’t have to buy an app for this. I knew someone knew how to do this.

    Thank you very much.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello VAinCA,

    No problem at all. We appreciate the kind feedback and appreciate you taking the time to leave it.

    Thanks.
    alex

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