Camera Roll Coming Back to iOS 8

One giant feature that users loved about iOS was the Camera Roll inside of the Photos app, but iOS 8 got rid of it in favor of a new organizational system. However, Apple has announced that the Camera Roll is coming back to iOS with the iOS 8.1 update.

Apple announced some of the new changes coming to iOS 8.1 during the company’s iPad event today, including support for Apple Pay. But, more importantly for some, the re-introduction of the iOS Camera Roll that disappeared in iOS 8.


Users were rightfully upset by this move, and it seems Apple heard them loud and clear. Unfortunately, Apple was short and sweet with this little announcement on stage, so details are hard to come by at this point, but it’s still good news nonetheless.

There is no iOS 8 Camera roll, but Apple didn't delete your photos.

There is no iOS 8 Camera Roll, but Apple didn’t delete your photos.

From what we can tell, Apple replaced the Camera Roll with two new folders instead, one of which is a “Recently Added” folder and the other a “Recently Deleted” folder. Any new photos that you take gets put into the Recently Added folder. The Recently Deleted folder is put into action when a user deletes a photo. The deleted photo automatically gets put into the Recently Deleted folder, meaning that it’s not truly deleted from your iPhone or iPad.


So in order to truly delete a photo off of your iOS 8 device, you have to essentially delete it twice, which is less than convenient.


It’s easy to see why a feature like this is worth having in iOS, as it prevents users from accidentally deleting photos, and if they do delete them, they’re easily recoverable. It’s essentially like having a Recycle Bin right on your iPhone.

Users have up to 30 days to recover deleted photos from the Recently Deleted folder until they officially get deleted permanently.

Use iCloud Photo Library to keep your iPhone photos in sync across all devices.

Use iCloud Photo Library to keep your iPhone photos in sync across all devices.

Many users have taken to the internet to express their displeasure about this new feature, though, and some are even wondering if it’s possible to delete the Recently Deleted folder altogether.


However, with the Camera Roll back, this displeasure might subside, but we’re not sure what will happen to the Recently Deleted folder. Will it stay put, or will Apple drop it like third-period French? The company didn’t discuss specifics on this during its event, but we’re sure we’ll hear more details about the change soon enough.

The Camera Roll will come back in iOS 8.1, which is the first major update since the release of iOS 8 last month. The update includes support for Apple Pay, a beta for iCloud Photo Library (which allows users store all of their photos from all of their devices in the cloud), and several new features meant to tie-in functionality with OS X Yosemite.

iOS 8 has had a rough start, with the iOS 8.0.1 update breaking many devices. Hopefully this iOS 8.1 update can turn things around and earn back the trust of iOS users.