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User Guide on All Keyboard Shortcuts for Photos on iOS

Keyboard Shortcuts for Photos
Written by Hassan Abbas

Keyboard Shortcuts for Photos: iPadOS and iOS 13.4 brought lots of navigation, editing, and formatting shortcuts to the Photos app for the first time. However, it helps to make you more productive while you manage your photos and videos. Here’s our step-by-step guide to familiarize yourself with all the keyboard shortcuts in Photos for iPad. Also, they are available when using a wireless keyboard.

You should take the benefit of these productivity-boosting shortcuts in Photos for iOS. Especially if you like to become more productive. Before iOS and iPadOS 13.4, the Photos app did not support any shortcuts while using the app with an external keyboard.

Read on for the full list of all the keyboard shortcuts in Photos for iPad.

Invoking the keyboard cheat sheet

iOS makes it quite easy to view a list of an app’s keyboard shortcuts. Just hold down the Command (⌘) key on your external keyboard in an app. The command key supports shortcuts to get the best overlay with a list of key combinations concerning your particular place in an app.

Keyboard shortcuts are also available while using an external keyboard with your iOS device.

While some keyboard shortcuts no matter where you are in an app, some are only available in particular places. For some reason, make sure to hold the Command key while on various screens in an app to explore all of the supported shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts for Photos on iOS

However, New keyboard shortcuts are also available in the Photos app with iOS or iPadOS 13.4 or later.

If you have an external wireless keyboard attached to your Apple tablet. Then take benefit of these shortcuts to instantly navigate between tabs, search and create albums. While in full-screen mode, you can also delete, duplicate and input Edit mode using your keyboard.

Keyboard shortcuts for switching tabs

Use these shortcuts to instantly jump to a required tab in the Photos app:

Switch to:

  • Photos tab: Control (⌃) + 1
  • For You tab: Control (⌃) + 2
  • Albums tab: Control (⌃) + 3
  • Search tab: Control (⌃) + 4
  • Search: Command (⌘) + F

Shortcut Keys

Keyboard Shortcuts for the Photos Tab

Also, the following keyboard shortcuts concern to navigation within the Photos tab:

  • Move to the Year section: Command (⌘) + 1
  • Go to the Months section: Command (⌘) + 2
  • Head over to the Days section: Command (⌘) + 3
  • Go to the All Photos section: Command (⌘) + 4
  • Choose items: Command (⌘) + E
  • Zoom out: Command (⌘) + minus sign (-)
  • Zoom in: Command (⌘) + plus sign (+)


Some shortcuts in the Images tab are only available when it makes sense. The best example is zooming: if you’re already zoomed all the way out, the Zoom Out keystroke can’t be listed when you hold the Command key and hitting its keyboard combination will do nothing.

Keyboard shortcuts for fullscreen view

The following shortcuts are also available when you press a photo or video to show it fullscreen:

  • Delete/Remove the item: Delete (⌫)
  • Share the item: Command (⌘) + S
  • Edit/Modify the item: Command (⌘) + E
  • Hide the item: Command (⌘) + L
  • Duplicate/Copy the item: Command (⌘) + D
  • Favorite the item: period (.)
  • Show Explorer View: Option (⌥) + E

Keyboard shortcuts for fullscreen view

Keyboard shortcuts for videos

A single play/pause control is also available when a video is played in fullscreen:

  • Play/Pause: Option (⌥) + Space bar

Keyboard shortcuts for videos

Keyboard shortcuts for Recently Deleted

Also, Mak sure the following keyboard shortcuts only work when you’re browsing the Recently Deleted album:

  • Remove/Delete the item permanently: Command (⌘) + Delete (⌫)
  • Recover the deleted item: Command (⌘) + R

Keyboard shortcuts for Recently Deleted

Keyboard shortcuts for managing albums

Well, the following keyboard shortcuts for managing albums and album folders are also available when the Albums tab has been chosen in Photos:


  • Album: Command (⌘) + N
  • Shared Album: Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + N
  • Folder: Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + N

Keyboard shortcuts for managing albums

Hardware Key Remapping

iPadOS also brings hardware key remapping to make using computer keyboards quite easier.

With this amazing feature, you can easily remap a particular modifier key like Caps Lock, Control, Option, Command and also the Globe key to another one.

For instance, you may also like to remap Apple-specific modifier keys like Command (⌘) or Option (⌥) to their corresponding Windows. Also, Alt keys on a wireless PC keyboard so that you can use it with your iPad without thinking about the layouts.


As you can view, many productivity-boosting shortcuts are available to you in images.

If you have managed to spot extra key card combinations for the Photos app on iOS. Then let us know about them in the comment section below. Also, we’ll be making sure to update this guide with new pieces of information as they become available.

You should also memorize shortcuts for the functions you use the most in Photos.

Are you the one who regularly touches up their content in the Photos app? If so, remember any keystrokes that help accelerate editing. Also, if you don’t use the Edit function in Photos and besides spend most of your time in the Photos tab browsing and enjoying your images and videos. It may be the best idea to take benefit of the shortcuts for moving between the different views in the Photos tab.

And everyone should remember the global shortcuts for moving to the other Photos tabs.

That way, the keystrokes will become such a habit you don’t even think about it. Before signing off, make sure don’t forget to bookmark this page to revisit it for any shortcuts you haven’t tried or new ones that Apple might launch in future iOS updates.

Here’s all about “Keyboard Shortcuts for Photos”. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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