Organizing Photos
How do I organize my photos into albums?

Scene lets you organize the photos on your smartphone with simple, intuitive controls. To add photos to an album, first enter Organize mode. There are two ways to do this:

1. From the menu

  • Tap the icon in the upper-right corner to show the menu.
    • Tap Organize.

2. Swipe to the right

  • On the photo list, swipe the screen from left to right. * Swipe from the center of the screen. Swiping from the leftmost edge will open the drawer.

In Organize mode your albums will be shown in a vertical list on the left side of the screen. First, select the photos you want to add by tapping them. Touch and hold on selected photos to drag them in a group. Drop the selected photos on an album to add them.

Photos already present in an album will be skipped, so you can freely add batches of photos without having to worry about duplicates. When selecting photos, tap a date icon to automatically select all photos taken on that day.

  • Learn more about organizing photos in the User Guide.
When organizing, what does the check mark on each photo mean?

When you hold and drag photos, all checked photos will be dragged together.

How many photos can I put in a single album?

A single album can hold up to 1,000 photos.

How can I tell which photos I haven’t organized yet?

Set the photo list to show “Photos not in albums”. This makes it easy to make sure you’ve organized every last photo.

Showing Only Photos Not In Albums

  • From the photo list, tap Photos in the upper left to reveal a pull-down menu.
  • Select “Photos not in albums”.

While showing “Photos not in albums”, any photo that appears in at least one album will be hidden from the photo list. In order to view all of your photos, choose “All photos” from the pull-down menu.

How do I rearrange photos in an album?

You can sort photos in an album manually, or automatically order them by date taken.

Change an Album’s Sort Order

  • Open an album, then tap the button in the upper right to open the menu.
  • In the menu tap Album Settings.
  • Tap Auto Sort and choose an option.

* Note

  • You can auto-sort by date taken, in newest-first or oldest-first order.
  • By default, auto sort is set to Off and new photos will be added to the end of the album. With the default settings, photos newly added to an album will appear at the very end of the album. You can touch and hold, then drag a photo to rearrange it however you like. You can also set newly added photos to appear at the beginning of the album.
  • When auto sort is enabled, newly added photos will be automatically placed at the appropriate locations depending on their taken-on dates. You can’t rearrange them manually.
How do I delete an album?

Deleting an album

  • Tap the ☰ icon in the upper left of the screen to open the drawer, and choose Albums.
  • While viewing the album list, tap the button in the upper right to open the menu.
  • Choose Delete Album from the menu, then tap the album you want to delete.
How do I copy a photo from one album to another?

Copying from one album to another

  • Open an album, then tap the button in the upper right to open the menu.
  • Tap “Copy photos to album”.
  • Select the photos you want to copy, then tap OK.
  • A list of albums will appear. Tap the album you want to copy to.

* Open an album and swipe the screen to the right to enter Organize mode. Then you can drag and drop photos to copy them to other albums.

How do I change an album’s cover photo?

Change an album’s cover photo by doing one of the following:

Change from the Cover Photo

  • Open the album whose cover photo you want to change. At the top will be the cover photo; swipe this from right to left.
  • Tap Edit on the lower right of the cover photo.
  • Tap Change Cover Photo.
  • Select the photo you want to use, then tap OK.

Change from Album Settings

  • Open the album whose cover photo you want to change.
  • Tap the icon in the upper right to open the menu.
  • Tap Album Settings.
  • Tap the thumbnail labeled Cover Photo.
  • Select the photo you want to use, then tap OK.
Can I add captions to my photos?

Adding captions to photos

  • Open an album and tap the photo you want to add a caption to.
  • Tap “Edit caption” shown to the lower left of the photo, then enter the caption text.
  • When you’re done, tap Save in the upper right.
  • Tap “Edit caption” again to edit or delete the caption.


  • Captions added to photos in shared albums will be visible to all users who have access to the album.
  • A caption is only visible within the album in which you added it. You can’t view or edit captions from the main photo list.
  • In a received album, depending on the owner’s settings you may not be able to edit captions.

Learn more about adding captions in the User Guide.

How do I view my albums or adjust settings?

Changing views

  • Tap the ☰ icon in the upper left.
  • The drawer will appear. Tap Photos, Settings, etc., to change views.

* The drawer can also be opened by swiping the screen from left to right.

Learn more about Scene’s controls in the User Guide.

Why did photos disappear from Scene after I deleted them from my device?

Scene is primarily intended to be a viewer for photos stored on your device. When you delete a photo from your device, such as via the standard Photos app, that photo will no longer be shown in Scene. When you add a photo to a Scene album, a copy of that photo is saved to the album. Thus, if you later delete that photo from your device, the copy will still appear in the album. However, for the following reasons we do not recommend using Scene to save storage space on your device, for instance by adding photos to albums and then deleting them.

  • Copying photos to an album takes time, and occurs in the background. If you delete the original photo before the copy is completed, the photo will disappear from the album as well.
  • Copies stored in albums are shrunk to a size optimal for display on a smartphone; the original photos are not copied.

Please keep the above in mind when deleting photos from your device. If you have further questions, please contact us.

What happens if I delete a photo in Scene that represents multiple files on my device?

When you have multiple copies of the same photo on your device, Scene combines these into one item on the Photos screen. When such an item is deleted from the Photos screen, all files represented by that item will be deleted. However, any copies added to albums will remain undeleted.

If Scene combines identical photos, how can I delete just one of them?

As described in “What happens if I delete a photo in Scene that represents multiple files on my device?”, when deleting from the Photos screen all identical photos will be deleted at once.

To delete just a single copy of a photo, don’t delete from the Photos screen; instead first go to the folder containing the desired photo. Find the appropriate folder as follows:

  • Tap the ☰ icon in the upper left to open the drawer.
  • Tap Folders.
  • Tap the device shown under Local.
  • Tap the folder containing the photo you want to delete.

See “How can I find the save location or filename of a photo?” to check which folder a photo is stored in.