How to sync iPhone photos to your Apple Watch⏱️ 2 min read

How to sync iPhone photos to your Apple Watch

Some facts to keep in mind:

  • Verify the compatibility of your Apple Watch and iPhone.
  • Make sure that both devices are running on their latest iteration.
  • Ensure that there is adequate storage on the Apple Watch.

Having your family photos on your Apple Watch is convenient whether you want to show off your latest trip images or simply take a quick glimpse at them. So, without further ado, let’s look at how to sync iPhone photos to your Apple Watch so you can access your favorite photos without having to touch your iPhone.

How to enable Photos syncing on Apple Watch

Turning on the sync between your Apple Watch and iPhone is a breeze all you need to do is follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Photos.
  3. Toggle on Photo Syncing.
  4. Tap Sync Album in the Album section → Select the album you wish to use right now. (You may choose just one.)
  5. On the top left corner of the screen, press the Back arrow to leave the settings and return to the main screen.
  6. Now, you can see your synced photos once you launch the Photos app on your Apple Watch.

You can also modify the Sync Album to transfer your favorite images to your wearable by selecting your favorite album from the list. Additionally, the watch app’s Photos Limit function enables you to determine the number of images to sync to your smart wearable.

Note: You can also alter the Notification settings from Mirror My iPhone to Custom.

Display Featured Photos or Memories on the Apple Watch

To provide you with a wider range of options, the watchmakers have added the opportunity for you to synchronize your selected personal memories and feature photos individually. So that you don’t lose track of any of your special moments. Below, I’ve explained the process of syncing them.

  1. Open Watch appPhotos.
    Note: Make sure that Photo Syncing is enabled.
  2. Toggle on Sync Memories or Sync Featured Photos as per your desires.

How to sync only Memories and Featured photos 

It is possible just to sync Memories and Featured Photos rather than a specific album.

  1. Following the instructions above to allow synchronization for those exceptional photographs, select Sync Album and then None at the top.
  2. Now, you should only see Memories and Featured Photos when you launch the Photos app on your Watch.

Limit the number of photos on the Apple Watch

You have the choice to restrict how many images you sync to your Apple Watch because they might consume a lot of storage space.

  1. Select Photos in the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Head to Photos Limit.
  3. Select one of the below-mentioned:
    • 25
    • 100
    • 250
    • 500

Remember that this figure pertains to the Photos album you select for syncing. Photos from Memories or featured albums are excluded.

How to view the number of Photos on Apple Watch

You may check the number of images on your Apple Watch through the Watch app on your iPhone as well.

  1. Navigate to the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap General section →  Choose About.
  3. Next to Photos, you’ll notice how many photos are currently on your smartphone.

Create an Album in Photos app on iPhone

If you desire to create a personalized album for your Apple Watch, refer to the following steps.

  1. Head to the Photos app.
  2. Tap Albums → select + icon → choose New Album.
  3. Type a name for your album → tap Save.
  4. Pick images to add to the album.
  5. Choose Add.


Q. Why is my Apple Watch not syncing photos from my iPhone?

Some of the main reasons why your Apple Watch is failing to sync images from your iPhone include the sync feature being off, the watch not being linked with your iPhone or connected to an active Wi-Fi network, and your devices being out of date.

Q. How much storage space do photos take up on my Apple Watch?

The amount of storage that each of your images takes up on the Apple Watch is determined by the number and size of the photos synced. However, for the time being, the Apple Watch can only sync a maximum of 500 photos.

Q. Will the photos on my Apple Watch be deleted if I remove them from my iPhone?

Yes, images in your Photos app will be deleted if you remove them from your connected iPhone. Furthermore, if you move the image from the synced folder to the non-synced folder, the image will be erased from your Apple Watch Photos app.

Q. How can I make Live Stickers on my iPhone?

Creating Live Stickers on your iPhone is easy check out our article to learn about it.

Enjoy your favorite photos on the go!

I hope the steps described above have helped you sync iPhone photos to your Apple Watch. Moreover, I believe it should have also offered you a convenient way to access cherished moments instantly. If you enjoy browsing photos on your wrist, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Nutan Sharma
Content Writer at The Writing Paradigm | + posts

Nutan is a computer science graduate and a fervent enthusiast who likes to explore and talk about tech, business, finance, and startups.

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