Apple and Photography

Apple Has Hidden Away the Best Way to Organise Your Photos

I had a list of 84 albums. Why didn’t anyone say I could organise them with folders?

Will J Murphy
Mac O’Clock
Published in
5 min readApr 22, 2023


Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Over the last 16 years, I’ve accumulated 84 photo albums in Apple Photos, not counting what’s in the shared library. I’m certain most of them are there for a reason, even if some of those reasons are lost in time.

My biggest gripe? It’s not that I’ve forgotten why many of them exist. It’s not even that some were created by apps I downloaded, used once, and deleted. Although, that’s irritating.

What punctures my tire is that they are all on one level. You have to scroll through them all to discover what’s there. Why? Because you can’t create albums within albums using Apple photos.

You can use Apple’s search to find photos and usually, I do. It’s great. But there are times I want to find photos that aren’t conveniently identified by location or subject.

For example, most of my article diagrams/illustrations are in Apple Photos. Mainly created at the same location, on who knows what date, it’s difficult to find them using search.

Imagine my feelings when I discovered that you can create a hierarchy of albums. Apple Photos…