How to Change Photo Album Names on iPhone & iPad
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.
How to Rename Photo Albums on iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch
- Open the Photos app, then go to the photo Albums view (you may need to tap “See All” to list all photos albums)
- Tap on “Edit” in the corner of the screen
- Tap directly on the name of the album you want to rename to summon the keyboard
- Enter the new album name you want to use for that photos album, then tap “Done” to complete the change
You can rename other photos albums the same way if you wish.
Note that you can not change the name of default photos albums, like Camera Roll, Screenshots, Animated, Live Photos, Bursts, Time-lapse, etc, any of those default album names are set by iOS.
You can only change the name of photos albums that have been added by the user.
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 slightly differently due to having a larger screen size compared to iPhone.
In modern versions of iOS and iPadOS this process looks a bit different than it used to. For historical purposes, here are some screenshots of the photo albums renaming process on earlier iOS versions:
You can rename any album with the exception of Camera Roll, which holds all photos on the device, and the stock default albums. 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.