iPad Tips: Tap and Drag to Select Multiple Photos in the Photo Library

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Here’s a neat little iPad tip that I spotted over at Mac OS X Hints this morning. It’s a slick alternative way to select multiple photos in the iPad photo library.

The way I’ve always known to select multiple photos in any album in the photo library is to tap the Share button at the top right of the screen and then tap on each photo you want to select. This of course comes in very handy when you want to copy or delete a number of photos at once.

The new method takes some getting used to, but is quite effective once you get the hang of it. Here’s how it works:

— Go into any album in your iPad photo library, and tap on the Share button at the top right of the screen

— Tap with two fingers held close together (I find index and middle easiest, your mileage may vary) and hold just for the briefest moment and then drag the two fingers across all the photos you want to select.

I’ve found that this works best when the iPad is laid flat or otherwise held in a very stable position; and when the tap and drag is as close to one continuous motion as possible – as in, tap and drag in one smooth motion across a row of photos. You can also drag up and down – but I’ve found I’m not able to do more than about three rows at a time. That’s 21 photos though, so that’s not bad – especially when I want to do a quick clear out in an album.

It took me a few tries to get this method working well, but once I did I found I like it a lot. Hope it’s helpful for some of you too.

Patrick Jordan

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3 thoughts on “iPad Tips: Tap and Drag to Select Multiple Photos in the Photo Library”

  1. Thanks for tip…. Works like magic ! Also, didn’t work with one finger, in case somebody reads the other post on this !!

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