Where Is Camera Roll In iOS 8? Here’s The Explanation

Along with all the excitement of iOS 8 landing last week, there was a tinge of ire caused by a few very vocal people that mistakenly believed that the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system had deleted the majority of their photos. The confusion came from the removal of the Camera Roll from Apple’s Photos app, with it being replaced by the rather ominously named ‘Recently Added.’

With some believing that the new Recently Added section was the new Camera Roll, the fact that it contained just the last 30 days-worth of images led people to think that iOS 8 had deleted a whole bunch of photos, screenshots and videos. As it turns out though, and as even a cursory glance through the tabs at the bottom of the Photos app would have shown, things aren’t always as they first appear.


While it’s true that yes, Apple has indeed removed Camera Roll, all the images that it contained are still alive and well in the Collections/Moments view that was added in iOS 7. Found under Photos tab, and grouped by the date they were taken, all of the photos that were previously in Camera Roll can be found at will, though with a slight differently presented interface.

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No photos were deleted in the making of this iOS 8!

The real problem comes from third-party apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and the likes. As people are finding, apps currently treat the new Recently Added area as if it was designed to be a replacement for Camera Roll, meaning if you want to upload a photo to Facebook et al that happens to be 31-days old, you’re out of luck. A temporary workaround for this problem is to create a new album and then simply add photos that you want to see in those third-party apps into that album.

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We expect updates to these apps to roll out sooner rather than later with a view to correcting that little oversight, but given the fact that Camera Roll has been missing throughout the iOS 8 betas, we’re at a loss as to how we’ve been left in this position at all.

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