How to create a Photo Album on iPad

A question I often get asked is how to create a photo album on iPad. We all like taking pictures to help us remember special occasions or our travel adventures. We then download the pictures to our iPad and have to sort them into different albums to keep organized and to be able to track our favourites at a later date. By having each album labelled, it is so much easier to show our pictures and share our stories with friends.

To learn more about the Camera App, check out these post: iPad Camera App on iOS 6.
If you want to learn how to edit pictures, follow this article: How to edit pictures on iPad.

So how do we go about creating albums on the iPad?

Today I will be showing you how to create photo albums and add your pictures to them.

Applicable to:
iPad versions: iPad, iPad 2, the New iPad, iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display
iOS versions: iOS 5, iOS 6 and up

Creating a Photo Album

Tap on the Photos App icon


Pictures taken with the Camera App get stored on the “Camera Roll” album. This is the default album that you will find the first time you open the App.

To create a new photo album, tap on the plus button on the upper left corner.


A dialog box will appear where you can add the new album name. Tap on “Save” to continue.


Once you type in the album name, iPad lets you choose pictures from your Camera Roll (or other Albums).


These pictures will get copied to the new album you are creating. Tap on the “Done” button when you are finished selecting the pictures that you want to include in the new album.

Editing a Photo Album

Tap on the “Edit” button on the upper right corner to edit the album.


This will allow you to edit the album’s name or to share or remove the pictures it contains.

Deleting a Photo Album

Tap on the “Edit” button on the upper right corner, then select the cross on the upper left corner of the album you want to delete.


A confirmation dialog box will appear. Tap on “Delete” if you want to proceed.


Tap on “Done” to finalize. The album has been deleted.
Let me know how it goes by posting a comment on the form below.

If you like this article, you may also like iPad Camera App on iOS 6 and How to edit pictures on iPad.

2 thoughts on “How to create a Photo Album on iPad”

  1. Gabriel, thanks for that lesson on making new photo album.
    I have iPad 2 with io6.
    I selected 15 images from my photo roll to put into an existing album.
    After I click edit add to.
    Three other albums light up, none of which is the album I want to add the pictures to.then I would delete them from the photo roll.
    I think I can only do that when my iPad is hooked up yo my computer and I go into th folder in my Photos.
    Unless you know something else,
    Please help

    • Hi Eileen,

      Thanks for your feedback. On this post I was assuming there were no albums previously created, and that the new album was created on the iPad itself.

      At the moment on iOS 6, it looks like albums downloaded from the computer onto iPad using iTunes cannot be modified on the iPad. As a workaround you can create a new album on the iPad, and copy all the pictures you need from the albums that cannot be modified (downloaded from the computer) onto it. On the new album (created on iPad) you can also add those 15 pictures from the photo roll.

      Hope this helps.

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