Albums? - Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library....

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by trlyka, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2011
    Ok, so I have 5 different categories on my iPhone for pictures. I have a Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Contacts, and Last 12 Months. So Camera Roll is what I have taken with this phone. Photo Stream is what has gone into iCloud? Photo Library is whatever I have taken with the phone and or added to it from another source (like a picture from a text msg or email that I save)? But I don't see recent pictures in my Photo Library :confused: Or is Photo Library a combination of something else? I know Contacts is my pictures for people in my Contacts list. And then Last 12 months is another categorized set of pictures taken within the last 12 months?

    I guess I don't understand why there are so many categories. I assume if the same pictures are in more then 1 group, it still counts as one? Or would it count as lets say 3 pictures if the same pic is in 3 categories?

    The Last 12 Months option isn't all pictures I've taken. I do like that it separates into Events. Places and Faces, but it's not every picture or video taken that day, so I don't understand what it's purpose is.

    I noticed that the Photo Library and Last 12 Months categories don't allow you to delete any photos. How do I delete pictures in these Albums?

    If I want to delete certain pics that are on my iPhone, if I delete from one Album, will it delete any duplicates in another Album?

    I imported all my pics and I import new ones regularly. So I do have them on my Macbook. I just want a way to better manage what's on my iPhone. It gets confusing when you have all these categories and I have almost a thousand pics in the Photo Library. So I want to get rid of most of them off my iPhone. What's the best way to manage the pics on my phone from each Album without having to go to each album and manually delete the pics?

    Thanks :)
  2. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2011
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2011
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2008
    wow no replies, I have the same so many picture catgories and no real obvious way to control them, half my phone is made up of photo's..
    I like photo stream saving them and only need to keep a few..but have no idea how to get rid of them. iTunes really needs updating for this..
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    How to delete (same issue here too)

    How to delete photos from photo stream? It's really confusing to get the idea, I hope once we'v understand the thinking behind then i should be ok. Please is there any one give me some simple step-by-step instruction to delete pictures from photo stream?
  6. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2011
    OK, for starters Last 12 Months and Contacts are syncing from iTunes. They can be viewed individually or all together in Photo Library. You cannot delete photos synced via iTunes. Just stop syncing what you don't want on the iPhone.

    Camera Roll contains photos that were taken with the iPhone's camera.

    PhotoStream contains the last 1,000 photos that were uploaded to it--from all devices that are using the same iTunes ID.

  7. macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2012
    Thank goodness for this thread! I recently enabled photo stream. I was always iffy about it but the commercial sold me. However now I think it's crap. I went from one photo album to multiple: photo stream, photo library, last 12 months, last import. What a convoluted mess. Why can't it just be photo stream that gets added and shared amongst all devices? I've spent hours trying to figure it out to no avail.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2011
    Sorry I haven't checked this thread recently.....

    IIRC, I think I just went into iTunes and chose not to sync certain folders. In iTunes under photos, I unselected All folders and checked off Selected albums instead. I currently now have 'Camera Roll', 'Photo Stream' and 'Contacts'. Contacts is the only album I can delete from the phone by selecting Edit. But I can also manually delete photos from Camera Roll or Photo Stream.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2012
    Row, Row, Row, your boat....

    I've noticed that it's a hassle to remove pics from photo stream also. Is it me or is it true that all you can do with photo stream on iCloud is to remove all pics? iPhoto or iTunes or iAnything should give us the ability to remove some of our pics from the cloud.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2011
    Where are you trying to remove pics? On my MacBook you can delete any of the photostream photos, as well as my iphone.
  11. macrumors member


    Dec 14, 2008
    Make sure that you have the latest version of iOS installed on your device. The new version allows you to delete single pictures at time from iCloud. The same goes for iPhoto, the new version of iPhoto allows you to delete single pictures at a time from the cloud.

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