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The iPhone Camera Roll: 8 Tips and Fixes for Common Issues

Dan Price 21-06-2018

If you’re an avid iPhone user, you might think you already know everything about your device’s Camera Roll. After all, it’s just a scrollable list of your photos, right?



There’s a lot more to it than that. Keep reading as we investigate some of the roll’s lesser-known tricks and even find answers to common issues and questions.

1. Why Photos Disappear From Camera Roll

A lot of people complain about all their photos suddenly disappearing from the Camera Roll. Often, it’s caused by a misconfigured iCloud account 9 Common iCloud Problems (And How to Fix Them on Your iPhone or iPad) Is iCloud not working? Here's what to do when you can't sign into iCloud, see an error, or have other common iCloud issues. Read More .

Two common account issues might cause your photos to vanish unexpectedly:

  • You have logged into a different iCloud account.
  • You have disabled iCloud Photo Sync.

To check you have signed into the correct iCloud account, go to Settings > [Name] and verify the email address you see listed is the one connected to the iCloud account you want to use. If it’s not, scroll down to Sign Out and enter your correct credentials.


To re-enable iCloud Photo Sync, go to Settings > [Name] > iCloud > Photos and enable iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream.

Also, many users reported that their photos disappeared after upgrading to iOS 11 A Complete Beginner's Guide to iOS 11 for iPhone & iPad Here's everything you need to know to get started with iOS 11. Read More . The fix is simple: just turn your phone off and back on again.

2. How to Recover Deleted Videos From Camera Roll


Either you—or someone using your phone—could have accidentally deleted some photos or videos. It’s another cause of photos mysteriously “disappearing” from the app.

Thankfully, it’s straightforward to recover deleted photos and videos on your iPhone. They sit in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days after deletion.

You can check the contents of this folder by going to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted. To restore a photo, long-press on the image and select Recover.

3. How to Transfer Videos From PC to Camera Roll

If you use iTunes’ native tools to transfer videos from your PC or Mac to your iPhone, they will not show up in the Camera Roll. Instead, they’re only available in the Video Library.


So how do you get them to appear in the roll? You need to use a third-party app called Documents, which is free to download.

Note: Before continuing, ensure your phone and computer are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  1. Download and install the Documents app on your device.
  2. Open the app and go to Settings > Wi-Fi Drive.
  3. Slide the toggle next to Enable Drive into the On position.
  4. Make a note of the IP address shown underneath the options.
  5. Open a web browser on your computer, type that IP address, and press Enter.
  6. Click on Choose File and select the file on your machine.
  7. Click Upload File.Documents PC Upload to iPhone
  8. Open the Documents app on your phone a second time.
  9. Tap Edit in the upper right-hand corner.
  10. Choose the photos you want to add to the roll.
  11. Press Copy.
  12. Navigate to Documents > Photos.
  13. Press Copy again.

Your videos will now be visible in the Camera Roll.

4. How to Hide Photos in Camera Roll

Did you know you can hide photos from the Camera Roll? Doing so has privacy benefits, but also lets you turn the Camera Roll into a curated list of high-quality images and videos that you can show to other people.


The process for hiding photos and video is simple:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Locate the photo(s) that you want to hide.
  3. Open the photo.
  4. Tap on the Share icon.
  5. Select Hide from the pop-up menu.
  6. Agree to the on-screen confirmation.

If you change your mind and want to unhide a picture, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Go to Albums > Hidden Album.
  3. Find the photo you want to unhide.
  4. Navigate to Share > Unhide.

5. How to Send From Camera Roll to Snapchat

Natively, it’s not possible to share a file from your Camera Roll into a Snapchat Story. You can send it in a chat by locating the photo or video in the Photos app and going to Share > Snapchat. However, as dedicated Snapchat users will know, this method will not influence your score or Snapstreak How Does the Snapchat Score Work and How to Get Your Points Up Do you know how the Snapchat score works and how to get your points up? Let us show you how to improve your Snapchat score. Read More .

If you want to share videos directly to a Snapchat story, you will need to jailbreak your device and install the Phantom app via Cydia.

Warning: Using a third-party app to post to Snapchat is against the terms of service and could get your account locked for 24 hours. Repeated offenses could result in Snapchat permanently deactivating your account. This is one reason why jailbreaking really isn’t worth it Should You Still Jailbreak Your iPhone? It used to be that if you wanted advanced functionality on your iPhone, you'd jailbreak it. But is it really worth it at this stage in the game? Read More .

6. How to Back Up the iPhone Camera Roll

Because Apple is incredibly stingy with the amount of free iCloud storage it gives you, many people don’t realize their photos are not getting backed up.

The simplest solution is to install a third-party app from a less miserly provider, even if you only use it for the backup features. Google Photos is a great option; if you’re happy to compromise slightly on quality, you can back up an unlimited number of images to its cloud service.

Alternatively, you can back up photos with the Files app or manually back up your images to a computer How to Back Up Your iPhone and iPad Wondering how to back up your iPhone? Here's our simple guide to backing up your iPhone using either iCloud or iTunes. Read More using iTunes. Connect your phone to your machine, click on the Import tab, and choose your preferred destination.

7. How to Download Google Drive Videos to Camera Roll

In late 2014, Google updated its Drive app for iOS. As part of the update, the company added a feature which allows you to save photos and videos from your account directly into your Camera Roll.

Follow these instructions to get started:

  1. Install Google Drive and sign in.
  2. Open the app and find the photo or video you want to add to the Camera Roll.
  3. Tap on the three vertical dots next to the file.
  4. Select Send a Copy.
  5. Choose Save Image.

Your photo/video will now be visible in the Camera Roll.

8. How to Jump to the Bottom of the Camera Roll

If you’ve been an iPhone user for a long time, your list of photos on the Camera Roll could be seriously long. You’ll be furiously swiping for an hour to get to that awesome picture of a sunrise you took five years ago.

But when you eventually get there, do you really want to spend the spend another hour getting back to the bottom of the roll and your most recent snaps? Of course not.

Luckily, there’s a little-known gesture that lets you jump straight to the bottom of the Camera Roll. Just tap on the Photos tab at the bottom of the screen; you’ll be back where you started in a flash.

The iPhone Camera Roll Explained

We were telling the truth when we said there’s far more to the Camera Roll than meets the eye.

If you’re eager for more iPhone camera tips, check out our list of iPhone camera settings you must master to take better photos 8 iPhone Camera Settings You Must Master to Take Better Photos If you take pictures with your iPhone, these are the most important iPhone camera settings you must know for better photos. Read More .

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