How to Add Photos to an iPhone

By Anna Sanclement

The iPhone has become increasingly popular among cell phones and gadgets. It is reliable, easy to use and has features other cell phones don't have.Sometimes, however, electronic devices that have a lot of components can be complicated to figure out. Handling photos on the iPhone, though, is anything but hard; knowing what steps to follow will make adding photos to an iPhone quick and easy.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • Computer
  • Internet connection

Step 1

Back up all the photos already in the iPhone to your computer. This will prevent them from getting overwritten. Do this as you would with any digital camera; plug the iPhone to the computer and open iPhoto, or whichever photo software you use, and import the photos.

Step 2

Connect the iPhone to your computer, if not connected already, and launch iTunes. Click on the iPhone icon on the left sidebar of the iTunes window.

Step 3

The main area on the center of the iTunes window will display a list of tabs along the top. Click on the tab that says "Photos." Be sure to check the box that says "Sync photos from" if it isn't checked already, and click on the drop-down menu next to it.

Step 4

In the drop-down menu, select the folder in which the photos you want to add to your iPhone are located, or choose iPhoto if the photos are there. Then you can sync all the photos in the folder, or you can make subfolders to organize the photos in. They will all appear on the iTunes window under the "Photo" tab and they can be checked or unchecked according to whichever photos you want to add. When you have the folders and photos you want selected, click on the "Sync" button on the bottom right of the iTunes window to add them to the iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • An alternative, quick way to add a photo to the iPhone is to email the photo to yourself, then access the email through your iPhone. Tap the photo twice to open it and place your finger on it and hold for a few seconds. A pop-up window will come up; choose "Save Image."
  • Make sure you have everything on the iPhone backed up before syncing, or the data could be overwritten.