How to see the filename of photo or video on iPhone

How to see the filename of photo or video on iPhone
Are you trying to download a particular file from your iPhone to your Mac or PC, but you just can't find it? You need to know the name of the file!

But how can you find the name of the file in the Photos app on your iPhone when it's just not shown there?

Here is a little trick that we have just stumbled upon that will help you easily find the name of a file without having to download third party apps for that.

When you have found the file that you want to know the name of (we assume that you have opened it in the Camera roll in the Photos app), tap on the Share button in the bottom left corner and then select the "Save to Files" option. A pop-up will appear asking where you want to save the file. Now, in our case, we just want to know the name of the file and the name is right there at the top, printed in big letters.


And that's how you can find the filename of a photo or video on iPhone.

And yes, it is a cumbersome workaround, so Apple should definitely make this easier!

FEATURED VIDEO

15 Comments

1. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Or bin the piece of crap and get an Android phone.

2. shiv179

Posts: 177; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Lol we Android users have had this "feature" since forever :D

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

There's no information per picture available on the phone using it's own abilities, basic smart phone stuff wtf. So you can't see details like, GPS, picture size, file name and etc... I find this hard to believe.

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Correct. No way to see whether a video in your camera roll is 4K60 or 4K30, no way to see the size of a photo or a video either. I guess there are third party apps that do this, but it's a big pain dealing with such basic things on iOS.

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Still makes no sense that Apple locks down their phones. They don't lock down Mac OS X and their PCs.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I had no idea, thanks. So really it's kind of misleading to say it just works. When it needs apps, apps that likely are not free either to function as fully as the competition does currently. I guess some things are overlooked to avoid buyer's remorse when paying so much at the til. (Compromises get you at night you get older lol.)

10. midan

Posts: 3026; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple have had app extensions for situations like this since 2014, it means Apple own apps can have more functions added by 3rd developers. For example in safari you could have dictionary built in safari. Photos app you can have all the meta data for photos and video, in photo app you can have 3rd filters for your photos and all kind of stuff what function you could think for apps.

9. midan

Posts: 3026; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It's not painfull at all, just use app extensions which Apple introduced back in 2014 with iOS8 :)

11. midan

Posts: 3026; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You can see where the photo is taken without any extra app, when you open photo app you chose first picture tab and it shows where your photos are taken in map view, it. If you just want to see name of place where it was taken that you can see all the time. I don't know why people would need to see name of photo or video because they are just generic names. It also isn't the way Apple thinks about iOS, they just want you to see those beautiful photos or videos not information about them because people don't really care (except where the photos are taken). Keep it simple like they said. Luckily for people who want more Apple introduced app extensions which gives you these computer feeling features and you can go deeper into files and have more functions. Apple just doesn't want iOS to feel computer, that's also reason why iPhones and iPads are so popular, Apple removed all that computer stuff. Apple wants their users to see photo albums, not photo folder, If you get the point.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

As with most things, the devil's usually in the details. Others may want to know some of the details for many reasons from curiosity to troubleshooting. Windows mobile allowed full control a decade ago, wasn't a limited feature and didn't cause any issues to operation to check picture data. No curtain to hide behind so to speak, the full meal deal. Taking away features under the guise of KISS is Apple's MO. Less is more, but only in features, pricing is not applicable to this same philosophy. It just so happens that maybe you share a limited vision of usage pattern like apple has had by design from the start. (Awesome that you can get the add ons to gain this ability even if recently though) Typically though Apple is more engineered toward social oriented groups then in the know groups. It is what it is, kiss equipment for the folks that can't deal with details without choking on details like stems and seeds.

14. midan

Posts: 3026; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"It just so happens that maybe you share a limited vision of usage pattern like apple has had by design from the start." I don't i'm old nerd and i'm happy Apple opening their OS for developers to add those computing features, i still perfectly understand why they wanted to offer different experience from the start. People (masses) doesn't like computers that much, they like iPad and iPhone because it doesn't feel like computer, Apple made computing fun for masses by removing all those typical computer stuff. It's propably biggest reason why they are so popular now.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I understand and agree, touche! Also an old guy, apologies for my loose wording.

7. peace247 unregistered

pathetic

8. midan

Posts: 3026; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why would you do this? iOS have had app extensions since 2014 for situations like this. When i open my video If i want to see information about that i just use "investigate" extension and can see all the available data for video not just name like silly way in the article :D "With iOS 8, Apple introduced extensibility in the OS through apps with built-in extensions that can be used inside of other apps like Safari, Photos, the Notification Center, and more. "

13. midan

Posts: 3026; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Victor just a small hint https://goo.gl/images/J62ZxL

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.