I understand how to sync photos to my iPhone but they seem to be placed on the phone in a rather random order. I've tried numerous changes to the photos but they don't appear to be organized by date, size, or alphabetically by name. Am I missing something?

  • Are you syncing from mac or PC? Are you syncing using iTunes or some other application outside of it? Are you talking about the camera roll, Photo Stream, or a synced folder?
    – dpollitt
    Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 16:18

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They are sorted in order of EXIF creation date, which is not necessarily the same as the Date Created shown by the finder.

You can use exiftool to view and also set these dates to sort your images...

exiftool -overwrite_original_in_place -CreateDate="2008:12:18 12:34:56.78"  MyImage.JPG

When you sync with iTunes, sync them into a specific folder and always use this folder. and Don't change their order and select in iTunes Sync Photos.

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