Learn how to organize photos into albums and subsequently into folders. Also, learn to search and filter photos using flags and ratings.

Create an album and add photos

Albums help you organize photographs, grouping and sorting them according to your preferences and requirements. You can create albums and import specific photos of your choice from the Camera Roll or Gallery on your device.

  1. Create an album

    Tap the () icon at the upper-left corner of the screen to navigate to the Albums view.

    In the Albums view, click the '+' icon displayed above the list of folders and albums.

  2. From the menu that appears, choose Create Album.

  3. In the Create Album dialog, type a name for the new album, and tap OK.

  4. Album options

    (Optional) Tap () icon next to the album name to set up your album.

    • Add Photos. Allows you to pick and choose photos from your device's Camera Roll, All Photos, and Files.
    • Auto Add from Camera Roll. Enable this button to allow adding new photos in your Camera Roll to the selected album.
    • Rename. Opens a dialog that lets you provide a new name for the album.
    • Move To. Allows you move the Album into an existing folder or a new folder.
    • Clear Cache. Clear previews and temporary files, from your mobile device. No photos or edits are deleted.
    • Delete. Deletes the album only. Your album photos remain untouched and they are not deleted from the device.

     

  5. Add photos from your device or the All Photos album

    Tap the album name to navigate inside the album. Then, tap the add photos icon at the lower-right corner.

    Note:

    You can also tap to the camera icon to capture a photo using the Lightroom's in-app camera and add it to your album.

    From the menu that appears, choose Camera Roll, All Photos, or Files.  

  6. In the next screen, you can now select the photos and add them to the album.

Copy or move photos between albums

You can copy or move photos between albums. Do one of the following, depending on which screen you are on:

Multiple photos

  1. In the Grid view (viewing photos in an album), long-press a photo to bring up multi-select, select one or more photos. Tap the Add To or Move To icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. In the next screen, from the list of albums displayed, tap the album you want to copy or move the photos to and then tap Add or Move at the upper-right corner of the screen.

Single photo

  1. In the Loupe view (viewing a single photo), tap the options icon () at the upper-right corner, and then tap Add To or Move To.
  2. In the next screen, from the list of albums displayed, tap the album you want to copy or move the photos to and then tap Add or Move at the upper-right corner of the screen.

Remove photos from an album

You can remove photos from an album when they are no longer required. Note that any photo removed from an album will continue to be available in the All Photos view.  

Multiple Photos

  1. In the Grid view (viewing photographs in an album), long-press a photo to bring up multi-select, select one or more photos. Tap the Remove icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. In the Remove Photos dialog, tap Remove From Album to remove the photograph, or tap Cancel to not remove the photo.

Single Photo

  1. In the Loupe view (viewing individual photographs), tap the () icon, and then choose Remove From Album from the menu.
  2. In the Remove From Album dialog, tap Remove to remove the photo or tap Cancel to not remove the photo.

Organize albums into folders

  1. Create a folder

    Tap the () icon at the upper-left corner of the screen to navigate to the Albums view.

    In the Albums view, click the '+' icon displayed above the list of folders and albums.

  2. From the menu that appears, choose Create Folder.

  3. In the Create Folder dialog, type a name for the new album, and tap OK.

  4. Folder options

    (Optional) Tap () icon next to the album name to set up your folder.

    • Add Albums or Folders. Lets you create a new album or folder inside the current folder.
    • Rename. Opens a dialog that lets you provide a new name for the folder.
    • Move To. Allows you move the folder into an existing folder or a new folder.
    • Delete. Deletes the folder and the albums in the folder. The photos in the albums are not deleted from the app.

You can now create subfolders or add albums into the folder as necessary.  

View photos as a slideshow

You can view the photographs in your albums as a slideshow. To start a slideshow, do one of the following:

  • In the Grid view (viewing photos in an album), tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner, and then tap Slideshow.
  • In the Loupe view (viewing individual photos), tap the three-dots icon () at the upper-right corner, and then tap Slideshow.

Slideshow options

To specify the type of transition and the duration of each slide:

  1. During a slideshow, tap a photo.
  2. At the upper-right corner of the screen, tap the three-dots () icon.
  3. Modify the slideshow settings as required.
  4. Tap the slideshow icon () at the upper-right corner of the window.

Search photos

Find photos using the intelligent online search
Find photos using the intelligent online search

You can explore your photo gallery further with auto-complete that displays intuitive suggestions as soon as you type something in the search bar. The terms used in search bar are not case-sensitive.

You can add multiple tokens for search in the Search bar based on objects, facets, or auto-complete suggestions to narrow down your result. 

Tap located at the upper-right corner in the Grid view to bring up the context menu and apply segmentation, sorting, slideshow, and other options to the photos from your search result.

Find photos within an album or All Photos view using the Search bar at the top. Aside from searching photos by metadata and keywords, Lightroom for mobile (iOS) can also find and show photos based on the objects in them, or facets associated with the photo.

You can type an object name in the search bar to search all photos and show relevant results. For example, you can type mountains in the Search bar to quickly search for all photos that have mountains in them. To search your photos using facets, type a facet name followed by a colon ':'. For example, you can type camera: to display a list of camera models used. See the list of supported facets below:

  • keyword:
  • camera:
  • lens:
  • location:
  • rating:
  • flag:
  • flash:
  • orientation:
  • iso:
  • type:
  • f-stop:
  • ss:
  • edited:
  • media:
  • focal length:
  • depth map:
Sort and segment
Sorting, segmentation, and other options for your search results in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Flag and rate photos

Using the Rate and Review panel

The Rate & Review panel in the Loupe view allows you to quickly give a star rating and flag (pick or reject) your album photos. The Filmstrip at the bottom allows you to cycle through the album photos.

Rate a photo

To quickly rate a photo in the Rate & Review panel, flick upward or downward in left-half of the screen. A rating overlay appears showing you the current rating as you flick. 

Flag a photo

To quickly flag a photo as pick, rejected, or unflagged in the Rate & Review panel, flick upward or downward in right-half of the screen. A flag overlay appears showing you the current selection as you flick. 

  • Flag photos (iPhone)In the Rate & Review panel (Loupe view), you can quickly flag and rate your photos on your iPhone devices using the swipe gesture.
  • Flag photos (iPad)Flagging photographs can be a quick and easy way to categorize or filter them. On your iPad, you can flag photographs, one at a time, as Pick, Reject, or Unflag in the Loupe view.
Rate and flag a photo in the Rate and Review panel
(Left) Rating a photo. (Right) Flagging a photo in Rate and Review panel.

Using the Info panel

(iPhone) Info panel in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
(iPhone) Info panel in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

The Info panel in the Loupe view allows you to provide a star rating to your photo and flag a photo. Also, you can easily add a TitleCaption, and Copyright to your photo. Additionally, the Info panel displays the metadata associated with your photo.  

Filter photos

Filter photos
Photo filtering options in Lightroom for mobile (iOS).

Click the icon at the top (next to the Search icon) to quickly filter photos by:

  • Ratings: Use the  icon to view photos rated higher than a certain star rating. For example, you can view photos rated three stars or higher
  • Flags: Unflagged, Picked, or Rejected
  • Media: Photo or Video
  • Camera: Camera make and model options
  • People: People clusters that are detected in the People view
  • Location: Locations picked from the metadata of all photos
  • Keywords: Keywords picked from the metadata of all photos
  • Edited: Edited or not edited

Note:

The filter options applied while viewing album photos are retained even when you navigate out of the album. To clear the selected filters, tap the cross icon in the filter token displayed at the top of the grid when you open the All Photos view again.

Note:

To learn how to search and organize photos in Lightroom on your Android device or desktop, see Search and Organize photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android), and Organize photos in Lightroom (desktop).

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