How to Change an Album Cover Photo on an iPhone or iPad

Want to change the image used for a photo album on your iPhone or iPad? It’s easy when you know how.

Sorting your photo library into albums makes it easier to browse through them and saves you time sifting through the long list of images you’ve spent years collecting. To help you, you can change the cover photo of your album, so that you know immediately what this album contains or even just for aesthetic purposes.

Here’s how to change the cover photo of a photo album on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Change the Cover Photo of an Album in Photos

Cover photos serve as a thumbnail that tells you what’s in the album. By default, the cover photo your iPhone or iPad sets for an album is the first photo in the album.

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Although that’s usually correct, sometimes the first photo doesn’t quite represent the whole album. In this case, you can select another photo from the album to replace the current cover photo.

Note that this feature is only available for devices running iOS or iPadOS 13 and later. To do it:

  1. Open the Pictures app, then go to Albums.

  2. Select the album whose cover photo you want to change.

  3. Choose the photo you want to use as the new cover photo. Long press the image until a pop-up menu appears. To select Create a key photo. This chosen photo will now replace the old album cover photo.

If your iPhone or iPad is running on an older version of iOS or iPadOS, you can still change the cover photo by rearranging your album contents and changing the first photo in the album. To do this:

  1. Head toward Picturesthen open the album whose cover photo you want to change.

  2. Faucet To select in the top right, then drag the photo you want to make into the cover photo in the top left corner to make it the first photo in the album.

Easily organize your albums

Selecting a cover photo for your iPhone or iPad photo albums helps you and others know what to expect from them. It’s also a great way to store your albums. You can even create a custom cover photo for your albums, so you know exactly what to expect if you can’t sum it up with an existing photo.


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