View, sort and search Photos by date on iPhone and iPad

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If you’re like most people, you have tons of pictures in the Photos app on your iOS device. So when it’s time to find one, it can prove a bit difficult. But if you have a key piece of information, you’ll be able to locate that photo quickly: the date you captured it.

With iOS 13 and iPadOS came a new interface with the Photos app that lets you view your photos and videos by date. We’ll go over the options you have and some tips on how to search using the date as well.


Viewing photos by year, month or day

You can easily browse through the Photos app to see pictures or videos taken in a certain year, month, or day.

Open the Photos app and select the Photos tab. At the bottom on iPhone or the top on iPad, tap an option for Years, Months, or Days.

Drilling down and going back

If you decide to view photos by year, you’ll obviously tap Years and then pick one. Once you do, you’ll see all photos for that year grouped by month and then further by date.

You’ll notice that if you then select one of those months, the Months option will then be highlighted in the options. And the same thing happens if you pick a day in that month, the Days option will be highlighted.

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Years, Months and Days in Photos on iPhone

This gives you an easy way to drill down to the exact date and photo you’re searching for. But if you’re mistaken and want to go back, this is also simple.

If you end up in the Days section, just tap Months to go back and then Years to go back further if needed. This will take you right back where you started, so you’ll never lose your spot.

Seeing the number of photos for a day

Whether you begin by picking the Days option or use the drill-down described above, you’ll be able to see the number of photos that were taken on that day.

Each day displays a small curation of photos that were taken, and as you scroll down, you’ll move to subsequent days. However, you’ll notice in the bottom right corner in the Days view, a number indicating how many more photos or videos (if any) were taken on that day. Just tap that and those other photos will display.

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Number of photos for a day on iPhone

Browsing in All Photos

Along with the Years, Months, and Days tabs, you have an All Photos tab. If you select this, you can swipe down to see all previous photos. Any new photos you capture will be at the bottom in the All Photos tab.

To see the exact date that a photo or video was taken, tap to select it. You’ll then see the date and time at the top.

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Date a photo was taken on iPhone

Also, if you’re in the All Photos tab, you can tap Days, Months, or Years from there and you’ll “drill up” instead of down. This lets you jump to photos taken with the selected one, sorted by date.

Searching by date

If you know that you want to go to a specific date, you can use the handy search feature in the Photos app.

Tap the Search tab in Photos and then begin entering a date in the search box. You’ll see suggestions immediately that relate to that date. And these suggestions will display the number of photos.

Search By Date-iPhone
Search by date on iPhone

If you select one of the suggestions, you’ll see additional ones with their numbers too. And with each one you tap, you’ll see that suggestion’s term in the search box. This can help you find photos by category. To remove a search term from the search box, select it and tap the Backspace key on your device keyboard.

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Add search criteria on iPhone

Tip: If you are way at the top of the All Photos tab and want to jump to the bottom, for the most current photos, you don’t have to scroll. Just tap the All Photos option and you’ll pop right to the bottom.

Finding your iPhone and iPad photos by date

You might not remember the exact date that you captured a photo or video, but with options for months, years, and the convenient search feature, finding your iPhone or iPad photos by date is handy.

What do you think of the timeline type of interface in the Photos app? Do you like it or would  you prefer to find photos differently? Let us know! You can comment below or message us on Facebook or Twitter!

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