To view your photos on your iPhone or iPad, you can use a cloud service to store them and then access them on your device. However, what if you want your photos available offline? Transferring your photos to your iPhone or iPad is easy using iTunes.

You can automatically create photo albums on your device by organizing your photos into subfolders within your main photos folder on your PC before syncing them to your device. The subfolders become albums.

To begin, connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC using a USB cable. Open iTunes and click the icon for your device in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.

Under “Settings” in the left pane, click “Photos”.

In the left pane, click the “Sync Photos” check box so there is a check mark in the box.

To sync the main folder containing your photos, select “Choose folder” from the “Copy photos from” drop-down list.


On the “Change Photos Folder Location” dialog box, navigate to your main photos folder, open it, and click “Select Folder”.

To sync all the subfolders in the selected folder, accept the default selection of “All folders”. To only sync certain subfolders in the main folder, click the “Selected folders” option. Otherwise, select the default option, “All folders”, to sync all the subfolders.

Choose the subfolders you want to sync by selecting the check boxes for the desired subfolders in the “Folders” list.

To start syncing the photos onto your device, click “Apply” in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window.

The syncing progress displays at the top of the iTunes window.

The subfolders you synced display as albums on the “Albums” screen in the Photos app.


You can also hide, recover, and permanently delete items in Apple Photos.

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