Not finding the camera roll folder on your iPhone, iPad, or iPad using iOS 13+ or iPadOS? The camera roll in iOS 13 and iPadOS is not missing in Photos. It has not been removed but moved to a new location in the new Photos app with some changes. If you can’t find the photos that you have taken yourself or saved online here’s how to locate these photos on your iPhone and iPad.
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How to find your Camera Roll in iPadOS and iOS13
The Camera Roll is now under Photos in iOS 13. It used to be located in the ‘Albums’ in iOS 12. Users who have their iCloud Photos disabled used to see ‘Camera Roll’ as the first option in Albums.
Changes to your Apple device’s camera roll
First, you won’t find an item named “camera roll,” instead, Apple rebranded to it to “Recents.”
Unlike the earlier iOS Camera Roll, Recents includes photos taken on your device itself AND any other photos saved or imported from other sources, including Safari or Messages, your computer’s Photos library, and other saved images from third-party apps.
So with iOS 13 and iPadOS, it is indeed hard to differentiate images taken with your device’s camera from any other saved images.
In order to get to the camera roll in the new operating system on your iPhone and iPad, open up the Photos App
- Tap on the ‘Photos’ tab at the bottom left corner of your screen
- Camera Roll is located here in iOS 13
- Tap on ‘All Photos’ to browse your photo and videos library OR
- Sort your Photos by Years, Months, Days using the additional tabs
In iOS 12, when you browsed all your photos in the default ‘All Photos’ album, you could tap ‘Select’ and then tap on multiple photos to select them or add them to the album via the ‘Add To’ feature at the bottom of the screen.
In iOS 13 and iPadOS, you can do the same action with some improvements.
iOS 13 Camera Roll improvements
When you are browsing ‘All photos’, the date range associated with the photos and the location information shows up on the top left corner of your screen. This automatically changes as you scroll up or down on the camera roll.
- The ‘Select’ button in iOS 13 now shows as ‘Select +/-‘ and is located in the top right corner much like iOS 12. The ‘Select’ action functions much like before but the new + /- feature allows you to zoom in and out of the photos while you are browsing your camera roll.
- This feature was not there in iOS 12 where you had to tap on any one of the photos to see its details. On the new OS, the zoom feature makes it easy to inspect your photos.
- Tapping on Months / Days/ Years at the bottom of your camera roll filters the right photos making it really easy to find the photos that you are looking for (Of course you can also use Siri to bring up all the Photos!).
- The old ‘Summarized Photos’ setting in Photos has now been removed and the sorting has been incorporated into the main ‘All Photos’ view.
Tip: While browsing your ‘All Photos’, tap on the ‘Photos’ icon at the bottom left corner of your screen and it will bring you to your latest photos.
How to disable Auto-Play for Live Photos and Videos in iOS 13 & iPadOS
Your live Photos and videos will auto-play by default when you are browsing them in your Camera Roll. You can disable this by:
- Tap on Settings
- Tap on Photos
- Scroll down to ‘Photos Tab’
- Disable ‘ Autoplay videos and Live Photos’
The other welcome change in iOS 13 Photos, is that when you share more than 3 photos with someone, it doesn’t automatically convert it into an iCloud Photo link but attaches these photos one by one.
You can, however, choose to ‘Copy iCloud link’ for the multiple selected photos and send them out.
For those who sync their Photos with their computer or MacBook, you may find it a little annoying at first since all these photos are added in with all your iPhone Photos.
What about the sorting order of Photos?
Note: If you do not use iCloud Photo Library, up until iOS 12, you still have a Camera Roll Album which is sorted by the last picture of when it was taken/added (regardless of the EXIF data).
iOS 13 has introduced behavior that existed briefly with iOS 8 when the Camera Roll Album was deleted. In this context, Camera Roll and the “All Photos” tabs are different. The All Photos tab sorts by the date of the EXIF data.
The photos app opens blazingly fast in iOS 13 and it is easy to use. The new app also features additional improvements in the Search function that will prove handy when you are trying to find something quickly.
A lot of our readers love sharing photos from album to album or sharing with friends and family via shared albums. But with the update, quite a few folks can’t figure out just how to do this!
How to add photos and videos from existing albums
- Open the photo or video you want to share
- Tap the share button
- Go past the two rows of icons to the list of actions
- Choose to Add to Shared Album or Add to Album
- Select the album or shared album you want to add it to
- If you don’t see the option to Add to Shared Album, check Settings >Apple ID Profile > iCloud > Photos and turn on Shared Albums.
How to remove a photo or video from an album in the Photos app
- In the Photos app, open an album
- Select a photo or video and view it in full screen
- Tap the trash can
- Choose to remove the item from just the album or delete it from iCloud Photos on all your devices
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the original editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.