How to quickly take charge of your photos with 3D Touch

3D touch is the feature that keeps on surprising you. Just when
you thought you’d discovered all its tricks, up pops another
one. Today we’re going to see how pressing on pictures in the
Photos app offers all kinds of handy shortcuts for wrangling
Faces, Albums, and Moments.

Fast photo management with 3D Touch

This is a real bread-and-butter time saver. Anywhere in your
Collections view, you just Force-touch on a
photo, and then swipe up. Don’t press too
hard, or the photo will open and you’ll have to go back and
start over. When you succeed, though, you’ll be rewarded with
options to Copy, Share, Favorite, or Delete the photo, all
without accessing any popovers or menus. It’s a real timesaver
once you get into the habit.

3D Touch in Albums

Press harder on your photos to get all kinds of handy shortcutsPress harder on your photos to get all
kinds of handy shortcuts

Any time
you’re in an Album view, either one you created yourself, or
one of the built-in ones like Selfies, or Slo-Mo, you can
force-touch and swipe up on image to bring up a slightly
different set of options: Share, Favorite, Show Photos from
this Day, and Delete. It’s a little confusing which options you
get in which view, but usually the one you want is somewhere on
the list.

3D Faces

This one may be a real surprise to
you. When you’re in the Faces section of the Photos app (Get
there by tapping Albums, and then
People), you can 3D touch a photo for some
handy face-recognition-related options. You need to be in a
person’s own “album” view, which you get to by tapping on their
face in the People screen, and then you go ahead and force
touch and swipe up, like before.

time you get options to Copy, Share, Favorite, Show Photos from
this Day, and Delete, but you also see a Not This Person
option. This a fantastic way to weed out the pictures that have
accidentally been recognized as the wrong person. In fact, I
can’t even find a way to do this without 3D Touch.

It pays to
experiment in the Photos app, because there really are a lot of
hidden tricks under those 3D touch presses. It’s a shame some
of them are so well hidden, but once you’ve finally discovered
them, they’ll be essential.

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