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iPhoto for iOS (iPhone): Use photos in other apps

Use photos in other apps

You can use photos from iPhoto in other apps on your iOS device or on your computer.

  • Use your photos in other apps—such as iMovie—installed on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. You can open a photo directly in another app that supports iPhoto, or you can save a photo to the Camera Roll so it’s available for use in any app on your device.

  • Send photos from your device to iPhoto or Aperture on your computer. (If you have an iCloud account and set up My Photo Stream, photos you save to the Camera Roll are automatically sent to your iPhoto and Aperture libraries on your Mac.)

  • Save photos to your computer’s hard disk using iTunes.

Note:   If you import RAW-format photos, you can edit them in iPhoto, but the edits are applied to the embedded JPEG file and the original RAW-format photo remains unchanged.

Open photos in iMovie or other iOS apps

  1. Tap a photo, album, or event and tap Share button.

  2. Tap one of the following:

    • iMovie: Opens your photo or video clip in iMovie on your iOS device. If you don’t have iMovie installed on your device, you can download it from the App Store.

    • Other App: Displays other apps on your device that can open your edited photos from iPhoto.

  3. Tap Selected, or change the photos you want to open:

    • Select different photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap up to 25 photos, and tap Next.

    • Select a range of photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.

    • Select all the photos in an album or event: Tap All.

    The selected app opens and imports your photos.

Save photos to the Camera Roll on your iOS device

  1. Tap a photo, album, or event and tap Share button > Camera Roll.

  2. Tap Selected, or change the photos you want to save:

    • Select different photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap up to 100 photos, and tap Next.

    • Select a range of photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.

    • Select all the photos in an album or event: Tap All.

  3. Tap Done.

  4. To use your photo in another app, open the app and select the Camera Roll album.

Send photos to iPhoto or Aperture on your computer

  1. Tap a photo, album, or event and tap Share button > Camera Roll.

  2. Tap Selected, or change the photos you want to import:

    • Select different photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap up to 100 photos, and tap Next.

    • Select a range of photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.

    • Select all the photos in an album or event: Tap All.

  3. Tap Done.

  4. Connect your iOS device to your computer.

  5. Open iPhoto or Aperture, and import your photos from the Camera Roll on your device.

Save photos to your computer using iTunes

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer.

  2. Tap a photo, album, event, web journal, or slideshow and tap Share button > iTunes.

  3. Tap Selected, or change the photos you want to save (if you are saving a slideshow skip to step 4):

    • Select different photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap one or more photos, and tap Next.

    • Select a range of photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.

    • Select all the photos in an album or event: Tap All.

  4. In iTunes, click the button for your device iPhone icon in iTunes and click Apps at the top of the window.

  5. Below File Sharing, select iPhoto (in Apps).

  6. Select the Shared Photos folder under iPhoto Documents.

  7. Click Save To and select the location on your computer where you want to save the items.

  8. To view your photos, go to the Finder and look in the location you selected above.

Last Modified: Oct 25, 2013
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