iOS 9 beat 3 Selfies and Screenshots folder in Photos app

Having been combing through the newly released iOS 9 beta 3 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in search of new features, I’ve stumbled upon something that instantly brought a smile to my face: a pair of brand new dedicated folders inside the Photos app.

One aggregates screenshots taken by holding down the power and Home button at the same time. The other is for face shots you take with your iPhone’s front-facing camera, as first noted by The Verge.

iOS 8’s Photos has a number of dedicated folders to distinguish between regular photos, videos, panoramic images, burst shots, time-lapse photography and even the photos marked as favorites.

But as far as screenshot management goes, Photos is lacking.

I mean, has it not been ticking you off that screenshots taken on an iOS device are dumped straight into the Camera roll? As someone who takes a lot of screenshots on his iOS devices on any given day, I hate to see them polluting my Camera roll.

You could say it’s been driving me crazy, yeah.

I even went so far as to manually organize screenshots into their own folders on my iPhone like an animal, which I’m sure you’ll agree gets old real fast.

Jeff has put together a nice tutorial on using smart folders in Photos for Mac to automatically filter iPhone and Apple Watch screenshots, but his solution doesn’t really address my situation because I’m that guy who happens to manage his photos 80 percent of the time on his iPhone.

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As The Verge says, a separate album for screenshots might be the best surprise feature of the latest iOS 9 beta. Of course, photos in the new Screenshots and Selfies albums still appear in the Moments view.

I couldn’t determine at post time whether the Selfies album simply collates every image taken with a front-facing camera or if any special detection of faces is going on, but I’ll make sure to let you guys know as soon as I confirm this.

The new folders are available on the desktop, too, via the Photos app running on the third developer preview of OS X El Capitan that Apple also seeded to developers today.

Public betas of both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are expected later this month. The two operating systems should be ready for public consumption this fall.

Screenshot via @ApplWatcher and @humanboring.

Source: The Verge

  • Any Improvement in battery?

  • Will it work with screenshots you took prior to updating?

  • Lucus Bendzsa


  • Chris Gilmore

    Off topic: CCControls crashes all the time on me. Anybody else? i6 8.4

    • dnice

      works fine for me.

    • hachem

      Use Polus instead , it’s better ,Stable and 8.4 compatible

    • titi

      For me from 8.1,
      When i use kill background in cccontrols, iphone crashes

  • JoshuaHulgan

    Great! I’ve been wanting this.

  • johnsm

    apple’s services are a mess.. icloud photos, photostream, itunes match, apple music, etc

  • latinlegacy

    is it me or is the battery icon no rounded in settings its square in mine

  • therealjjohnson

    I think it’s about time for them to let us place photos in folders without all them being in the camera roll as well.

  • Andres

    God bless

  • Faisal

    I wish whatsapp and facebook could make their dedicated folders

  • Although ios 9 is for many idevices, but I hope that this is another indicator that apple is gonna improve the front cam on the iPhone 6S

  • 7proxys

    The only thing I want is a separate folder for the photos taken by the camera.. I save a lot of memes and it’s a pain to scroll through all mishmash of pictures just to look at some family photos… Why is this so hard to do? Seriously!