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Nested Albums in Photos App on iPhone

albums-within-albumsHere’s a guide on how to create nested albums (albums within albums) in the Photos app on iPhone. This feature was added in iOS 8, but went largely unnoticed for the most part. If you wish to organize your iPhone photography more neatly and in a cascaded folder way, then read on. Apple didn’t quite communicate this new feature as it was implemented, hence we’ve only hear of it recently thanks to our awesome reader, Jens. Thanks again for letting us know! Here’s how to add nested albums to your Photos app (albums within albums / albums within folders) to better organize your collection!

Prerequisites: As explained above, iOS 8 was the advent of folders within folders, or albums within albums in the Photos app. Thus you’ll require iOS 8.0 or later to follow along with this tutorial. We always recommend keeping your device updated by going to Settings > Software Updates and installing the latest iOS firmware for the iPhone.

Nested albums in the Photos app

Open up the preinstalled Photos app on your iPhone. Then tap the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap and hold – the holding part is important – the plus icon to create a new folder instead of a regular album by selecting New Folder. A folder is basically a container for photo albums in iOS. Give it a descriptive name while keeping in mind that it will contain several albums.

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Your overview will now display the new folder alongside your existing albums. Tap it to enter the newly created folder. You can now add a new photo album to the folder by tapping Edit and then again pressing and holding the plus sign, then tapping New Album. Alternatively, you can nest additional folders within the current folder, if so desired.


Upon creating a new album within a folder, iOS will prompt you to add photos to the album. Tap any image previews to mark them with a blue tick icon, then select Done when ready. You have now created a nested photo album on your iPhone! Add another album and keep organizing your photos to your liking.

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