According to a web search, I should be able to drag a photo into a new position in the Photos app that is native to iPhone.

When I do that, the thumbnail moves when I drag, but when I release, it simply moves back to its original position. At no point do the photos rearrange themselves to accommodate the new position of the dragged photo.

What am I doing wrong? I have the iPhone SE. According to Settings->General->About, the iPhone is running iOS 14.4

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    Can you provide a source for this? I'm not able to rearrange photos by dragging, I get the same result as you (iOS 15.2).
    – fsb
    Commented Dec 16, 2021 at 12:23
  • I found the same instructions at multiple places: google.com/search?q=iphone+photo+change-order Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 2:44

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You can do this for albums, not Library (And only for albums you've created, not auto-generated ones like 'Recents').

To rearrange photos in an album: Tap Library button in bottom toolbar, select any album from "My Albums"; press on a photo thumbnail, drag it to the desired place and release. It will stay there.

Library is always presented in Date/Time order.

  • I went to Albums->My Albums->Recents and tried dragging. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me. I get the same behaviour as in my originally posted question. Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 2:46
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    This works with user-created albums, not auto-generated ones like Recents. Press the thumbnail lightly and quickly drag it across. If you long press or wait, the photo will open and a popup with options (Copy, Share, Favorite etc.) will come up. I have edited the original answer to clarify this.
    – MacEater
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 4:10
  • Thanks, for clarifying, MacEater. I think I will live with the lack of functionality, as it is not worth creating and managing an album for me. Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 17:52

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