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How to Organize Your Photos on Your iPhone

How to organize the photos on your iPhone, iPod and iPod

There are several ways to organize your photos. Some of you may choose to use an app like DropBox, some may use iPhoto for Mac, or perhaps just the standard folder system on your computer. There are many ways to organize them after you transfer them to your computer, but what if you want to organize your photos directly in your iPhone prior to transferring them?

Here are some easy steps on how to create a folder for your photos and how you can move them to the new folder:

  1. On your iPhone, select the "Photos" icon, which has the picture of a sunflower on it.
  2. Click on "Albums" in the bottom left corner. You may see several folders created already, if you've been taking photos on your iPhone for a while, or have used several different photo apps. I have 5 myself.
  3. To create a new folder, tap the + at the top left.
  4. Type the name of the folder and hit save. A screen will pop up that allows you to go ahead and move some photos.
  5. Select the Camera Roll folder to locate the photos you would like to move to the new folder.
  6. Tap the photos that you would like to move and press "Done" in the top right corner.
  7. To go in and transfer photos to this folder later, after it has been created and saved, select the new folder, press "edit" in the top right corner, press "add" at the bottom, locate the photos in the camera roll that you want to add and press "Done".

*You will notice that the photos still appear in your camera roll. If you delete them from the camera roll, you are also deleting them from the folder that you created. Essentially, creating a folder is kind of like adding a hash tag. So each folder is a separate hash tag, but the main folder, the Camera Roll, contains ALL of the hash tags.

Photo Stream Folders

Creating a separate folder in your Photo Stream is meant for sending to someone in particular and not for organization. If you hit the + to create a new folder, it's going to ask you who you want it sent to. So this is not ideal for organizing.

The easiest way I find to organize my photos is to use the DropBox app. It just makes my life a whole lot easier, as I can create folders just like I would on my laptop, but also delete them from the folder they were in prior to moving them to the new folder.

Also, if you download the DropBox app for your Mac or PC, it will sync your iPhone with the DropBox folder when you are near your computer, which makes it nice when I need to access a photo from my phone for use on my Mac. Here's a tutorial for How to Automatically Backup Your Mobile Photos With Dropbox

About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Bishop is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and iPhoneographer. Follow her artistic journey at Rainy Day Doodle. 


Organising Your iPhone & iPad

How to organize your iPhone and iPad

Just like decluttering your desktop space by deleting unused apps can help you stay focused, organising your remaining apps can make it much easier and more fun to use your device. 

Rearranging Apps

To rearrange apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod or iPad), press and hold the app you want to remove until it "wobbles" then, arrange the apps by dragging them. Press the home button to save your arrangement.

Organising your apps

Organising your apps

Organizing your iPhone by Using Home Screens

It makes sense to want the apps that we most often use on our main home screen. One way to keep the rest of your apps organised and easy to find, is to sort them onto different home screens. For example, you could use one home screen for social media apps, one for utilities and so on. 

Reduce Clutter by Creating Folders

You can reduce the clutter by grouping apps together in folders. For example, gather all of your photography apps in one folder. To create a folder, tap and hold the app until all the apps start jiggling. Now drag one of the apps onto another. This will create the folder and give it a default name which you can edit if you like. If you want to add more apps to the folder, keep dragging them into the folder. When you’ve finished creating your new folder, tap the Home button to stop the jigging.


It can be helpful to name your folders by action. For example, instead of using a category like "productivity" you might name a folder "organise" or "do". Instead of "media" you might consider "reading", "play" or "learn". 

Help, I Can't Find an App!

What if you can't find an app that you put in a folder, but now you can’t remember which folder!? 

To locate your app, start by navigating to your home screen. wipe to the right to activate spotlight search and type in the name of the app you're looking for. 

In iOS7: swipe down on any page of your homescreen to reveal the search bar.

Using the Dock for Easy Access to Apps You Use Frequently 

For apps you use frequently, you can create a shortcut to make those apps easily available on every page. Tap and hold an app. When they start to jiggle, drag the app or folders of apps to the bottom of the screen (dock). This will help you to find an app quickly, no matter which page you're on. To remove an app from the dock, simply press and hold the icon and drag it out of the dock and back onto your screen.

A folder in the dock

Put a Folder in the Dock

To drag a folder into the dock, you will have to create it first on the screen, then drag it to the dock. 

Organising Your Device With iTunes

You can organise your apps via iTunes if you prefer. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Select your device and tap Apps.

Select an app and drag it to move it to a different page. You can create folders the same way by dragging an app into another app and optionally renaming the folder. 

Organising Your Smartphone & Tablet

There are many ways to organise and make your iPhone or iPad your own. When you've started to buy some apps and know more about how you like to use your smartphone or tablet, a little time spent organising can save time, increase your productivity and make your device more fun and easy to use.

Decluttering Your iPhone & iPad

How to declutter you iPhone, iPod and iPad
Decluttering your iPhone. Deleting apps you no longer use. 

Decluttering your iPhone. Deleting apps you no longer use. 

With the sheer number of apps available, it's fun and often inexpensive to try out new, exciting apps. It can easily become a bit of an addiction (do you ever feel like an appoholic?), and you wind up with so many apps that your smartphone (or tablet) becomes a cluttered mess. 

Just like on your computer, unused software takes up extra room on your tablet or smartphone’s storage and makes it harder to find the apps you do use. Cleaning out and organising the apps you use frequently makes it easier for you to focus and find what you need and enjoy to use. It also frees up extra space and helps your device run smoother.

Deleting Unused Apps

To uninstall apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod or iPad), press and hold the app you want to remove until it "wobbles" and then tap the small “X” that appears in the corner to uninstall it. 

Using iTunes to declutter your apps.

Using iTunes to declutter your apps.


When you connect your device to iTunes, you can get a quick overview of the different types of apps you've installed. 

You can view your apps by Category by using the ‘Sort By’ button. This will give you a picture of the types of apps you've got. For example, if you've got several apps with a similar function, you might like to delete the ones you don't use.  Alternatively, you might like to remove apps that take a lot of space. 

What if I Change my Mind? 

If you change your mind you can restore an app that you used to have, directly from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. You won't be charged twice for an app or in-app purchase, provided you use the same iTunes account login. Open the App Store, search for the app and reinstall it. It’s that easy. 

When You've decluttered your iPhone or iPad, it'll be so much easier to organise your remaining apps

How to Automatically Backup Your Mobile Photos With Dropbox

Camera phones make it so easy to take photos when the moment strikes. Chances are that you're carrying your cell phone with you at all times, but not your camera, which is one of the reasons that mobile photography makes it so convenient to take photos on the go. 

The only snag is that it's easy to lose your smart phone, and with it your photos. But what if you could wirelessly save your photos and videos to the cloud, and access them later on from any device? Thanks to Dropbox that's possible. 

How to backup and sync your photos with Dropbox
Backing up your photos with Dropbox
Backing up your photos with Dropbox

How you get started started backing up your photos and videos with Dropbox on your mobile device

Begin by installing the free mobile Dropbox app on your smart phone. There are mobile versions for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android and Blackberry. 

Next click the Dropbox icon on your screen, you'll see a welcome message with two options to select either logging in as a Dropbox user or creating a free account as a new user. 

When you log in to Dropbox for the first time, you'll be asked if you want to save your photos to Dropbox. You can choose to save all your photos and videos or only new ones. Now Dropbox will backup your images when you're connected to WI-FI. 



Your photos and videos will now be synced to all your devices. Not only will you have access to your photos in your pocket all the time, but you'll also be able to reach your photos from your Mac, Windows or Linux computer as well as all your mobile devices. 

You might also like to take a look at our Free Tutorials, App Tips and Guides for Mobile Photography and Art

How to Use Multi-Touch Gestures on your iPhone, iPod and iPad


Tomorrow, after all of the presents have been unwrapped and you’re snuggling on the sofa with your new iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you might have many questions, especially if you’re new to Apple’s wonderful touchscreen devices. If you’ve never used any type of touchscreen device, you are delving into a whole new world, and we know you’re going to love it as much as we do. In any case, there are many touchscreen gestures that you will see referenced in the apps that you download and in the instructions for your device. Here are some of the basic gestures that we thought would help get you started:

There are so many things that you can do with these devices, that they can't all be included in one blog post. You might want to check out previous posts like, How to Save an Image or How to Change the Wallpaper. These two can be used together so that you can save an image and use it as wallpaper on your device.

There are more posts like this to come, and here you'll find a roundup of all our guides, app tips and tutorials. You can also sign-up to be a member of Club Marmalade Moon to be one of the first to be notified on the latest blog posts and courses.

Happy Holidays to you all!

About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Bishop is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and iPhoneographer. Follow her artistic journey at Rainy Day Doodle.

How to Save an Image to your iPhone, iPod or iPad ​

How to Save an Image to your iPhone, iPod or iPad

Saving pictures from websites or emails on to the iPad, iPod touch or iPhone is very easy and comes in handy when you want to change your wallpaper or create mobile art. 

How To Save Images from Your Browser

  1. From Safari, navigate to the image you want to save
  2. Tap and hold on the image until the pop-up selection menu appears, then tap “Save Image”
  3. You'll find the saved image on your Photos app

How to Save Images from Your Email

  1. Open the email with the images
  2. Tap and hold on an image and select “Save Image” from the pop-up menu. If there are several images and you want to save them all, tap “Save # Images”
  3. Open your Photos app to find the images you saved 
How to save images from Safari to your iPhone, iPod and iPad
How to save images from Safari to your iPhone, iPod and iPad
How to save images from email to your iPhone, iPod and iPad

How to save images from email to your iPhone, iPod and iPad

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