Photos App Select Multiple Photos

Apple seems to be paying keen attention to the wants and needs of its users. Take this “new” gesture select ability in the stock Photos app for example. By entering select mode in the stock Photos app, you can now tap and drag on a group of photos to select multiple photos with ease.

Oddly enough, this was once a stock gesture in older versions of iOS. In fact, I did a post on the disappearance of this very gesture, pleading with Apple to bring it back. You all can thank me later.

Want to see how it works? Watch our video walkthrough for a flashback to the same gesture in iOS 4, and the reimplemented gesture in iOS 9 and above.

How do I select multiple photos at once in the Photos app?

Step 1: Open the Photos app.

Step 2: Tap Select in the upper right hand corner.

Step 3: Tap and drag from one photo through the range of photos that you wish to select.

You can also deselect photos in the same manner. It’s also possible to select multiple rows of images with a simple swipe down gesture.

Needless to say, it’s extremely nice to finally have this feature back in the Photos app. It means that we no longer need to rely on jailbreak tweaks like Photo Organizer in order to be more efficient when selecting multiple photos.

What do you think? Are you happy to see this feature make a comeback?

  • Rodney Coleman

    Cool

  • really

    The things appletards get excited about…

    • Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

    • Okada San

      Someone was neglected as a child.

  • Cal J

    Your voice sounds so different! (In a good way)

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Like a lot of stuff announced, about f*uckin time!

  • Okada San

    Basically it’s the Photo Organizer tweak…which I like.

    • Jordan Stevens

      That copied an old iOS feature they removed.

  • Kevin Chen

    There are so many hidden things that Apple didn’t tell us at WWDC

  • soundjack

    i think it’s good, but what google did in photos is a bit easier and better: open photos app, tap and hold the first photo you want to select, then drag.

    • Kominimatchen

      Google photoapp is à total mess…

  • Interesting, this was announced at Google I/O as a feature of the new photos app…what a coincidence.

    • SkyFall

      It was an iOS 4 feature, and people really wanted it back so Apple heard us. Same goes for the keyboard they finally made it with swipe selection (kinda) functionality (although the iPhone implementation would have been better).

      • Slifur

        He’s a samsung fan so he still think apple copied it again.

      • Cameron Nelms

        The swipe selection is on IPhone

      • “It was an iOS 4 feature, and people really wanted it back so Apple heard us.”

        Yeah, just a coincidence they decided to listen when Google implemented it on their app…

        “Same goes for the keyboard they finally made it with swipe selection (kinda) functionality (although the iPhone implementation would have been better).”

        Uhm, WTF are you talking about here?

      • SkyFall

        “Same goes for the keyboard they finally made it with swipe selection (kinda) functionality (although the iPhone implementation would have been better).”
        It was meant to show that Apple finally started hearing its customers.

      • mp

        It’s annoying they took five o/s versions before they listened.

    • raulortiz318

      Yeah they must’ve added it last week! Try again…

      • Possibly, it’s just software after all, not hardware…

  • Magic!

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    You sound really happy Jeff! I can tell by your tone, there’s a very positive ring to it. Even the choice of background music seems very cheerful, glad to see that. I’m also very pleased to see this essential feature make its way back to iOS 9 after almost 5years of it being absent. Good video, Jeff!