How do you transfer photos back to the camera roll?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Knifey-Spoony, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    How do you transfer photos back to the iPhone's camera roll? When I use iTunes it will put the photos in a Photo Library folder, but i want it all in the camera roll. Any ideas on how I can do this besides emailing myself the photos?

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2008
    When I backed up and then restored from backup all of my pics were back on the camera roll.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    You could use photostream to get them onto the iPhone, then save them in your camera roll.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Yeah I can't restore from my backup because it's a little messed up, it causes really weird issue with my network, iMessage, personal hotspot and notifications so I had to to restore to it's factory settings.
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    In that case, you can Reset All Settings, which will reset all of that, but leave your data.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2008
    If you use DropBox, get the Camera Sync app
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Resetting all Settings doesn't fix my issues unfortunately, I've tried multiple solutions but nothing fixes it.

    I'll take a look at CamerSync, but I'm not too thrilled about uploading over 6GBs of photos and videos and then downloading it back to my device. If there's a method to transfer the photos over usb, that would be ideal.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Are you using a Windows computer or a Mac? On Windows, if you connect the iPhone via USB and have at least one photo in the camera roll, it will mount the iPhone as a camera device. The camera roll is visible as a folder under /DCIM on this device. You can drag and drop your pictures to this folder in Explorer. Not sure how this works with Mac OS.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2010
    When i plug in my iphone to my PC, my iphone's name shows up in "my computer" but when i access it, it doesnt show a camera roll folder, it just shows all of my photos on my phone.

    ALso, i can drag and drop photos from my iphone to my PC, but not the other way around :(


    actually, came across this. Kinda reluctant to try it, can anyone vouch for this software?
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2014
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2015
    As far as I know, you can't sync photos back to camera roll, but you can transfer photos from PC to iPhone's photo library.
    1. Connect the device to your computer using a USB cable.
    2. Select the device and then “Photos” option on the left sidebar.
    3. Check the “Sync Photos from” option, then choose to sync “All folders” or “Selected folders“.
    4. Click the “Done” button, then click “Apply“. iTunes will then transfer your photos over to your Apple device.
  12. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    Use an app (for Mac/PC and iPhone) called Photo Transfer (it's free). You can select the Camera Roll and dump your photos in there. It does it in original resolution as well. iTunes sync always optimizes (makes files smaller) when you sync to your iPhone (not sure why Apple doesn't give us the option).

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