Sync photos from your computer to your iOS device using iTunes

You can sync photos from an app or a folder on your computer to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch using iTunes.

Sync photos

You can sync photos to your device from an app on your computer, or from a folder on your computer.

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  4. Click on the device icon in iTunes.
  5. Click the Photos tab.
  6. Click the box next to "Sync Photos from." If instead you see "iCloud Photos is On," all your photos and videos are already stored in iCloud. Learn more about iCloud Photo Library

If your photos are in an app, like Photos, follow these steps.

If your photos are in a folder, follow these steps.

If your photos are in an app

If you're synching from Photos, only your System Photo Library is available in iTunes.

  1. Choose the application you want to sync photos from in the pop-up menu. 
  2. Choose to sync all photos or selected photos. 
  3. Select "Include videos" to sync videos stored in that same app.
  4. Click Apply.

If your photos are in a folder

  1. Select "Choose folder" from the pop-up menu.
  2. Choose the folder where you store your photos.
  3. Click Apply.

You can organize photos into subfolders to create photo albums.

Delete synced photos

  1. In iTunes, locate and click on your device.
  2. Click Photos.
  3. Choose "Selected albums" and deselect the albums or collections you want to delete.
    To delete all synced photos, deselect "Sync Photos from" and, when asked, click "Remove photos."
  4. Click Apply.

Learn how to delete photos and video synced from iTunes when you can't access the originals.

More about synced photos

  • You can sync photos from only one computer or user account at a time. If you sync photos with a different computer or user, the newly synced photos will replace the photos you previously synced. 
  • You can't reimport pictures synced from your computer to your device back to your computer. You can only import pictures taken by your device, or saved to it, from your device to your computer. If you need to retrieve synced photos from your device, email the photos from the device to yourself. Then download the photos from the emails to your computer.
  • Syncing photos with your device will create an iPod photo cache.

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