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October 16, 2011

How To: Import Photos Directly into the iPhone’s Camera Roll and Not in an Album

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 18:57


7 Apr 2011 alle 4:37 pm

Do you have a large collection of photos on your computer? Would you like to manage them on your iPhone? As of today you can’t do this. When you import photos with iTunes, you will have them divided into albums you can’t modify. With this brief tutorial we are going to see how to change this situation.

There are two ways to achieve the same result. The first one is simpler but it’s a bit limited and you can do without jailbreaking your device. The second method, instead, is more advanced but it requires a jailbroken device.

First method:

The first method only works with few photos each time. Simply email the pictures to you, on the address you use on your iPhone. Once received, save them and you will find the picture on your Camera Roll.

As you can see this is really a simple process, but considering that all the providers cap the amount of data you can transfer with a mail, you won’t be able to process all your library with this system.

Second method (more functional):

This second method, instead, is useful when you need to transfer a huge amount of pictures to your device’s Camera Roll.

In order to proceed with this method you need to install on your device OpenSSH (look for it on Cydia, it’s free) and you need a SSH client on your computer or you can use iPhone Explorer to do the process via USB; this time you will need afc2add on your device. Again look for it on Cydia, it’s free.

If you try to transfer your pictures and videos inside /private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/100APPLE, you will notice that you won’t find anything inside the on your iPhone. The files are inside the device but they are not displayed.

This happens because the iPhone needs to update two files in its database and one for the thumbnails. This process could be automatically started by doing the following:

1. Gather all the images and videos you want to transfer inside one folder on your computer, outside of iPhoto or other programs.

2. Connect via SSH to your device and go to the following path /private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/100APPLE

3. Transfer all your files inside this folder 100APPLE

4. Now you have to delete 3 files that are responsible for monitor the library, so that the iPhone will recreate them. You can do the following directly on your iPhone with iFile.

Go to /private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/.MISC/ ed eliminate il file Info.plist

Now go to /private/var/mobile/Media/PhotoData/ and erase the two files: “Photos.sqlite” and “PhotosAux.sqlite”

5. Take your iPhone and exit the Pictures app, be sure it’s not present in the Multitasking bar. Relaunch the app and wait for the files to be generated again.

At the end of this procedures you will have all your pictures inside the Camera Roll!

This guide has been tested on iOS 4.o and higher. It can be shared only if you link back to the source.




  1. Im on IOS 5 and the three files you stated are not showing up?

    Comment by Sandeep — July 11, 2012 @ 08:30

    • I am on 5.1.1 and for any one curious I only found “Photos.sqlite” but also “Photos.sqlite-wal” “Photos.sqlite-shm” I deleted all three and slowly but surely the database was rebuilt.

      Comment by Jon — September 8, 2012 @ 12:01

  2. tnx working gud on 5.1.1

    Comment by walkwitmeinhel — November 1, 2012 @ 21:54

  3. THX man, really thanks

    Comment by Anonymous — November 12, 2012 @ 06:02

  4. Thanks Working For Me. Great Job

    Comment by Gaurav Mittal — December 11, 2012 @ 03:08

  5. Thx man, help so much. Greetings from Brazil. God bless u.

    Comment by Ann — March 6, 2013 @ 13:09

  6. its not working on 6.1.2

    Comment by sof — March 10, 2013 @ 02:14

  7. İt works on ios 6.1.2. i have tried.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 16, 2013 @ 15:27

    • How did you make it work on iOS 6.1.2? I deleted the files “Photos.sqlite”, “Photos.sqlite-wal” and “Photos.sqlite-shm” and now it says No Photos or Videos. Did I do something wrong? Thanks.

      Comment by Walt — March 24, 2013 @ 12:17

  8. does not work on ios 6.0.2 / now it crashes, also the camera crashes… iphone 5 – ios 6.0.2.

    Comment by leb — May 4, 2013 @ 08:44

  9. sorry, it worked thanks!! but i got duplicates!

    Comment by leb — May 4, 2013 @ 08:46

  10. I deleted files,, opened app and nothing showed,, all I had to do was close and open 1 more time

    Comment by Dave — July 25, 2013 @ 20:39

  11. Rollit photo transfer app
    you can use Rollit photo transfer app its a great app for transferring photos and videos to CAMERA ROLL via usb cable … no need for jailbreak

    Comment by chaman — December 4, 2013 @ 19:02

  12. Worked on ios 7.0.4
    only Photos.sqlite deleted

    Comment by Anonymous — January 9, 2014 @ 06:27

  13. I use ” PicBack – Photo Transfer App ” it imports photos and videos directly To camera roll and it can also find duplicated photos , very handy and very easy to use, you can find it at the app store

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    Give that a try 😉

    Comment by Chaman Chlach — January 18, 2015 @ 12:06


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