How to Change the Date & Time Stamp on Photos on Your iPhone

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Hey Sarah,

How can I change the date of many photos on my iPhone? I took the photos with a camera, and the date was set to May 3, 2021, not the current date. Now that group of photos shows up as the most recent photos on my iPhone. I need to scroll back through all of the 2021 photos to view the most recent ones.

Sincerely,

Save the Date

 

Dear Save,

The easiest way to change the date or time stamp on your photos on your iPhone is within the Photos app on a Mac (assuming you have one and not a PC and that you have enabled iCloud photo sharing on your iPhone and are signed into the same iCloud account on both devices.) Hold down the Shift key while clicking on all the photos whose dates you want to change. Next, go to Images and click Adjust Date and Time. This will allow you to change the dates for all the selected photos at once. You can also use this method to adjust the time stamp on each individual photo. Just keep in mind that, unless you want all your photos to have the same time stamp, you might want to adjust the time stamps seperately as opposed to in bulk.

If you don't have a Mac, you will need to find an iPhone app that will let you change or remove the date or time stamp on your photos on your iPhone. One such popular app is Pixelgarde, but it only has a 3.5 star rating in the App Store. If you can find a higher rated one with better reviews, I recommend going with that instead.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! Since 2013 she has co-hosted the iPhone Life Podcast, written an iPhone advice column and countless gear reviews and feature articles for iPhone Life magazine, and provided one-on-one iPhone-related assistance for our premium subscribers. In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far. In her free time, she loves walking her dogs, painting, baking bread, and catching Pokémon. Sarah holds a BA in French from Minnesota State University, Mankato.