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I've got a load of albums that I made on my iPhone to organize my photos. But when they get imported into iPhoto (which I do over Photo Stream), they lose their albums and come in just as one long stream.

This also seems to happen if I just bring them in using iPhoto and the USB lead.

Is there any way to bring them in and preserve the albums, or do I have to rebuild each album again inside of iPhoto?

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Could you show or describe the album mechanism you are employing on iOS? (Specifically which app is making / naming the folders) describing your workflow a bit more will reduct people suggesting apps that may not fit your need. –  bmike Apr 14 '13 at 12:36
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Here, I found this app and I think this might be the app you need : http://www.photosync-app.com/photosync/en/features.html

Maybe this article can help you out? http://lifehacker.com/5914638/the-best-desktop-file-explorer-for-iphone But you have to do it manually then.

Some of the listed apps in the article :

  • i-FunBox
  • iExplorer
  • DiskAid
  • Phonedisk
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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  slhck Jan 2 '13 at 22:28
    
Oh, ok. You're right but I was in a hurry. I'll edit my post. –  tdhulster Jan 3 '13 at 12:24
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I don't have an answer, but I think I can clarify the question:

In the built-in IOS Photo app, you can create Albums, which are essentially folders of aliases. So I created the album Selva Verde fauna, for photos of animals I'd taken in the Costa Rican lowlands. In iPhoto, this album seems to be inaccessible: all I see is my iPhone device name (say, David's iPhone) and the photos in my Camera Roll. So all the time I spent selecting photos is wasted, and I have to guess which are the edited versions I've tweaked in Filterstorm (a truly fantastic app: 70% of Photoshop's capabilities for 2% of the price!). To make things even more irritating, in the iPhone Photos app the images are in chronological order, so edited versions always come after originals. iPhoto, however, puts them right next to the original image.

What I'd like, and I think it's what Sam's asking for, is a way to import albums from the iPhone, instead of just individual images.

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Very disappointingly, there is no way to natively import Albums created on your iPhone to anywhere. It is a limitation because of the way the "Albums" are created on the iPhone. They are virtual folders that point to photos on your Camera Roll. You can only import (export really) photos from your Camera Roll. I am exploring some third party apps with hopes they might solve this frustrating dilemma.

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