iOS 9 Photos app has a Google Photos-like gesture for selecting multiple photos

iOS 9 Photos app has a Google Photos-like gesture for selecting multiple photos
We just installed the iOS 9 beta on our iPhone and we've been playing for it for a while now. We've been testing the overhauled Spotlight search, we've been checking out the new Notes app, and we've been enjoying the improved keyboard experience. And the more we dig through the latest iOS release, the more new minor yet cool features we come across. 

One of these lesser-known iOS 9 features is a new gesture in Photos allowing us to select multiple images in one go. To use it, you hit the "Select" button in the upper right-hand corner. Then you tap on a picture to select it and swipe sideways. The images you run your finger over will be marked. It is important to swipe left or right as you perform the action. If you swipe diagonally or straight down, the page is going to scroll and nothing will be highlighted. You may also use the new gesture to de-select a series of images.

Now, if this new photo selection gesture in iOS 9 seems familiar, rest assured that your brain is not playing tricks on you. Images in the new Google Photos are highlighted in an identical fashion – by swiping over the thumbnails of images you wish to select. Was Apple inspired by Google's solution, or was it developing the same image selection method all along? We're not entirely sure. What truly matters, however, is that both users of iOS and Google Photos will be enjoying a richer experience when handling their images.

That's just one of the numerous great features iOS 9 brings to iPhones and iPads. For a complete rundown, take a look at our list of what's new in iOS 9.



1. mohddika

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Just saying, this feature was in previous ios like iOS4 but it was removed for some reason

2. gaming64 unregistered

No, I don't think some feature exists on previous updates.

4. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

6. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Haha thats awesome! ^^

10. waddup121 unregistered


16. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

What an innovation apple.

3. gaming64 unregistered

Great! Now I dont have to tap the screen everytime.

5. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

iPhone fans: "Other brands (Androids) saw the future and copied iPhone".

8. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Lollipop copied iOS 9.

11. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

As was pointed above, it was in iOS 4. But let's pretend that Google didn't watch Apple's jailbreaking community for features to steal into their OS. A lot of the features were available on iOS first, but limited to jailbroken devices. In any regard, I think it's great that both OSes are expanding their features and become more advanced and intuitive.

7. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

At this point both OS's are so mature they have nothing left to add on other than small tweaks. To me the showing of iOS 9 and android m created very little excitement.

9. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Nick, iOS had the feature long back.

14. HappySocks unregistered

Shhhhhh!!! Let the fandroids look stupid, and the author, uneducated!

15. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

The both of you obviously didn't read the content.

17. HappySocks unregistered

You might want to go back and re-read that / use your brain.

19. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Sure, it was on the really old iOS version but the article didn't mention any of the old iOS having the feature. They mentioned that the feature is from a Google app.

20. HappySocks unregistered

Exactly my point, turd.

12. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

No they didn't I use to fix iPhone and deleting pic ws one by by one so stupid

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Flickr also implemented this feature before Google announced Photos. It seems competing Photo services are using this feature (unlike what this article implies)

18. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Wow! Another revolutionary feature of iOS. Apple fan rejoice. What is Google photos ? Never heard of it.

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