View photos and videos on iPad
Use the Photos app to view photos and videos you take on iPad. Browse your photos, albums, memories, and more using the Photos, For You, Albums, and Search tabs and see your library come to life with auto-playing Live Photos and videos.
Photos: Browse your photos and videos organized by days, months, and years.
For You: A personalized feed shows your memories, shared albums, featured photos, and more.
Albums: View albums you created or shared, and your photos organized by album categories—for example, People & Places and Media Types.
Search: Type in the search field to search for photos by date, place, location, or what’s in them. Or, browse photos already grouped by important people, places, and categories to help you find the photo you’re looking for.
The photos and videos on your iPad are organized by Years, Months, Days, and All Photos in the Photos tab. You can rediscover your best shots in Years, relive significant events in Months, focus on unique photos in Days, and view everything in All Photos.
To browse your photos, tap the Photos tab, then select any of the following:
Years: Quickly locate a specific year in your photo library, and see your best shots highlighted in a slideshow.
Months: View collections of photos that you took throughout a month, organized by significant events—like a family outing, social occasion, birthday party, or trip.
Days: View your best photos in chronological order, grouped by the time or place the photos were taken.
All Photos: View all of your photos and videos; pinch to zoom in and out to view your photos and library in the detail you want.
Photos removes duplicate photos and clutter (such as screenshots, whiteboards, and receipts) from Years, Months, and Days views. To see every photo, tap All Photos.
View individual photos
Locate individual photos in the Photos tab—tap All Photos, or browse by Days, Months, or Years. Tap a photo thumbnail to view it in full screen. You can also view photos in the Albums tab, or tap the Search tab to look for photos by specific search terms, such as “beach” or “selfie.”
While viewing a photo in full screen, you can do any of the following:
Zoom in or out: Double-tap or pinch out to zoom in—while zoomed in, drag to see other parts of the photo; double-tap or pinch closed to zoom out.
Share: Tap , then choose how you want to share. See Share photos and videos on iPad.
Add to favorites: Tap to add the photo to your Favorites album in the Albums tab.
Tap or drag the photo down to continue browsing or return to the search results.
View photo details
Delete or hide a photo
In Photos, tap a photo or video, then do either of the following:
Delete: Tap to delete a photo from your iPad and other devices using the same iCloud Photos account; see Use iCloud Photos on iPad.
Deleted photos and videos are kept in the Recently Deleted album for 30 days, where you can recover or permanently remove them from all devices.
Hide: Tap , then tap Hide in the list of options.
Hidden photos are moved to the Hidden album. You can’t view them anywhere else.
Recover or permanently delete deleted photos
To recover deleted photos, or to permanently delete them, do the following:
Tap the Albums tab, then tap Recently Deleted under Other Albums.
Tap Select, then choose the photos and videos you want to recover or delete.
Choose Recover or Delete at the bottom of the screen.
Play a Live Photo
View photos in a Burst shot
Burst mode in Camera takes multiple high-speed photos so that you have a range of photos to choose from. In Photos, Burst shots are saved together in a single photo thumbnail. You can view each photo in the Burst, then select your favorites to save separately.
Open a Burst photo.
Tap Select, then swipe through the collection of photos.
To save specific photos, tap each photo to select it, then tap Done.
Tap Keep Everything to keep the Burst and the photos you selected, or tap Keep Only [number of] Favorites to keep only the ones you selected.
See Take Burst shots.
Play a video
As you browse your photo library in the Photos tab, videos auto-play while you scroll. Tap a video to begin playing it in full screen without sound, then do any of the following:
Tap the player controls below the video to pause, play, unmute, and mute; tap the screen to hide the player controls.
Double-tap the screen to toggle between full screen and fit-to-screen.
Play and customize a slideshow
A slideshow is a collection of your photos, formatted and set to music.
Tap the Photos tab.
View photos by All Photos or Days, then tap Select.
Tap each photo you want to include in the slideshow, then tap .
From the list of options, tap Slideshow.
Tap the screen, then tap Options to change the slideshow theme, music, and more.
To stream a slideshow or video to a TV, see Wirelessly stream videos and photos to Apple TV or a smart TV from iPad.