How to Organize Photos on iPad into Folders

Putting photos into folders on iPad makes all photos in order. In this guide, you can get detailed instructions about how to organize photos on iPad into folders, as well as a way to better organize photos on iPad.


By Demi / Updated on May 25, 2023

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How do I change an album to a folder? I have several albums of “donations” by tax year and want to put them all into one folder but keep them separate by year. Thanks for any help in advance.

- Question from Apple Community

iPad can be one of the most excellent tablets if you like drawing or editing photos. As time goes by, there may be hundreds of photos saved on your iPad. Therefore, it’s necessary to manage photos on iPad so that you can find and share what you want much faster.

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If you once moved photos into relevant albums, but you find that the albums are out of control, there may be where this guide comes from. To keep your iPad photos under control, this guide will elaborate to you on how to organize photos on iPad into folders as well as bonus tips to organize iPad photos on computer.

Overview: Differences between albums and folders in Photos

Before putting photos into folders on iPad, you may need to learn about the main differences between albums and folders in Photos in case that you get confused later.

• Your photos are saved in albums while albums are saved in your folders. It’s sort of a hierarchy structure.
• Folders in the Photos app can only contain subfolders or albums, and photos can only go in albums, not folders.

How to organize photos on iPad into folders

The following steps are about how to move photos on iPad into folders. Just as a reference, you can create folders with different themes to keep albums by years.

How to create a folder in the Photos app on iPad
Step 1. Go to the Photos app on your iPad > Click Albums at the bottom > Click the + icon > Choose New Folder.

Step 2. Give your folder a name > Tap Save > You’ll see a new folder appear on your albums > Tap Done to finish.

Create Folders In Photos App

How to move photos into folders on iPad
As mentioned before, photos can only be saved in albums, you need to create albums in the folder first.

Please note that the existing albums cannot be added to the folders. Luckily, it is workable to navigate the existing albums and select the photos in them after creating a new album in the folder.

Step 1. Tap the folder to open it > Tap Edit > Click the + icon > New Album.

Step 2. Give a name of your album > Navigate your Photos app to add photos to it >  Tap Done.

Make An Album In Folder

Bonus: How to manage photos on iPad with FoneTool

Managing photos on iPad into folders is far from enough when it comes to managing iPad photos. It is suggested to try FoneTool to better manage iPad photos on computer. It supports iPad, including the latest iPad/iPad Pro 2022, as well as  iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14 and iPod. It can work well with iOS 16 and win 11/10/8/7.

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How to delete duplicate photos on iPad

If you are used to drawing on iPad, there must be a large number of drafts in the Photos app on your iPad. Here comes the function Photos Deduplication for you to automatically filter duplicate and similar photos from your iPad, so that you can delete them without effort.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer > Launch FoneTool > Click Toolbox on the left pane, and choose Photos Deduplication on its homepage.

Click Photo Deduplication

Step 2. Click Scan iOS Device > Start Scanning to begin.

Start Scanning iOS

Step 3. All duplicates and similar photos will be listed in groups in the left pane > Choose some of them and tap Delete to start. 

Delete Duplicate Photo

With FoneTool, you are also free to delete duplicate photos on iCloud and computer.

How to transfer photos from iPad to computer/iPhone

If you intend to transfer iPad photos to computer for further editing or sync photos between iPhone and iPad for the sake of sharing, the transfer functions in FoneTool won’t let you down.

FoneTool supports you to preview and select certain files like photos, music, etc. among iDevices and computer.

Now, follow the steps below to transfer photos from iPad to computer.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Move the mouse to iPhone to PC, and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To Computer

Step 2. Click the + icon > Click the Photos icon to preview and choose photos you’d like to transfer > Click OK to confirm.

Choose Photos

Step 3. You can click Transfer Settings to choose a destination to save your photos > Click Start Transfer to begin.



That’s all for how to organize photos on iPad into folders. After creating folders in the Photos app on iPad, you can put photos into folders by moving the photos to an album that is contained in the folder.

Besides organizing photos by adding them to folders, you can also rely on FoneTool to do more management. For more queries, feedback, and suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.