How To Find Your Photos, Camera Roll

While many iOS 8 users are quite excited about the upgrade, a few others are troubled by some of it's new features.

One of the big new features in iOS 8 is its revamped Photos app. But some users who've made the upgrade are troubled by one of the changes to Photos: Apple's removal of the default Camera Roll album.

Luckily, those photos haven't actually disappeared. Here's what you need to know about finding and organizing your iOS photos now that the Camera Roll is gone.

Open the Photos app in iOS 8 and one of the first things you'll notice is that the Camera Roll album, which used to hold all the photos you took on that device, is gone. Instead, you'll see albums for Recently Added, Panoramas, Videos, Bursts, and Recently Deleted— along with albums created by third party apps such as Instagram.

The album that's closest to what used to be your Camera Roll is 'Recently Added' — but that only contains images from the last 30 days. Likewise, Recently Deleted contains photos you've trashed in the last 30 days while Panoramas, Videos and Bursts contain images taken in those respective camera modes.

But images more than 30 days old, which used to fall into the Camera Roll album, cannot be viewed in your albums — a change that has sparked confusion and frustration among some users.

But while Camera Roll is gone, its photos are not. They've simply moved over to a different location in the Photos app: Collections. This app which organizes all of your photos by date and location, is Apple's attempt at making photos more organized and searchable.

If you're still bothered by viewing photos this way, you can create a new album (select the + in the top left corner of the album view in the Photos app) and manually move photos you want to keep in your albums view to the new album.

Alternatively, if you want your old roll back, and don't want to painstakingly move individual photos one by one, there are solutions in the form of third-party apps. One of them is MyRoll, which smartly organizes your photos into easily-managed galleries and feels very similar to the original "Camera Roll."


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