How to Change Photo Album Names in iOS

Jan 20, 2013 - 8 Comments

Sorting pictures into albums on your iOS devices is a good way to manage photos intended for different purposes, and some image editing apps like Snapseed and Instagram will create their own albums to help keep things arranged. It’s not uncommon for an albums purpose to evolve though, and what once may have held just a bunch of pictures for picture frame mode on the iPad may have slowly evolved into a broader place to store photos, making a name change appropriate.

Renaming those photo albums isn’t entirely obvious though, so we’ll cover how to do this on an iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Renaming Photo Albums on iPhone & iPod touch

  • Open Photos and stay in the primary screen with all photo albums listed, then tap “Edit” in the upper right corner
  • Tap directly on the name of the album you want to rename to summon the keyboard
  • Enter the new album name then tap “Done” to complete the change

Before tapping on Done, selecting other albums will let you change their names as well.

Rename a photo album on iPhone and iPod touch

Changing an album name on the iPhone and iPod touch both look identical, and while doing this on the iPad is basically the same process, it looks pretty different because the albums are displayed in thumbnail views rather than lists.

Rename a Photo Album on iPad

  • Open Photos and tap on “Edit”
  • With the (x) now visible on the albums corner, tap directly on the album name to change it
  • Tap “Done” to finish renaming the album, or tap another albums name to rename another one

Change photo album names on iPad

You can rename any album with the exception of Camera Roll, which holds all photos on the device. There are some cases where you won’t want to change the given names though, because some iOS image editing apps like Snapseed will create their own albums for photos altered or modified with those apps. As you may have guessed, if you change the name of those albums made by apps and then use the app again, that app will end up generating a new album with the apps name again anyway.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Maggie says:

    It seems to me that a step was left out. Sometimes when I pull up albums, not all albums are shown. You must select “see all” if your album page is open. Then you will see edit button.

  2. Jeanne says:

    When I click Edit on iPad 12.1.1 it grays out the album name so I am unable the rename it. I used a third party app to import several albums into the iPad but unfortunately the names came across incorrectly.

  3. Vineminder says:

    True, editing CAN be done on iPhone but NOT iPad. The only thing edit does in iPad is give option to delete the album.

    • RTFM says:

      You can absolutely edit and change Photo album names on iOS for iPad and iOS for iPhone. iOS on the iPhone and iPad is the same iOS. It’s iOS.

      I am using an iPad right now, and I just used the directions as instructed to change the name of a Photos album on iPad.

      Tap “Edit” then tap the photo album name, the keyboard shows up, rename the album, tap Done. Simple.

      So that makes several of the commenters here totally wrong, which is typical of internet commenters who seem to never read the article.

  4. Alan says:

    I followed these steps to rename one of my photo album folders, and it will not work. When Edit is selected, the only choice I have is to delete that photo album folder. My iPhone is running on iOS version 11.4.1

    • Pablo says:

      You can’t rename the default photo albums included in iOS, that is probably why you can’t rename the photo album on the iPhone.

      For example if you try to rename Camera Roll you can not do that, nor can you rename Hidden or Screenshots or Videos etc. You can only rename the albums you add yourself to the Photos app.

  5. Prisma Verzosa says:

    Thank you!!! This was very helpful :)

  6. Diane Langley says:

    I bought a card reader and downloaded some of
    my pictures to my i pad. is there a way to change the name on this album from “imported?”

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