Dear Berry: How do I scroll through my photos on BlackBerry 10?

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By Dear Berry on 14 Apr 2014 09:12 am EDT

Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from Steve who asks:

Is there any way to swipe through files in File manager rather then having to look at one file/photo then going back and clicking another? Very annoying especially with having a large amount of files (in this case pictures) stored on phone and media card. Thanks, Steve

While you can swipe through images in the camera application, unfortunately you cannot in File Manager. What you can do is change to Grid View in file manager and this would allow you to see larger thumbnails of your images.

However, an alternative way in which you can ameliorate the situation is by creating photo albums. By doing so, you can scroll through the images located in each album without having to go through them one by one in the File Manager application especially if you are searching for a particular event.

As a quick reference, the Albums option is located in the Pictures application at the bottom. Here you will find all of the photos on your device and media card arranged by existing albums (i.e. Camera, Photos, BlackBerry Messenger, Downloads, or any other existing folder with images) and ones created by third-party applications such MockIt or a wallpaper changer. However, I must warn there is no way to sort the images. Users can create folders based on events, dates or other personal categories to narrow them down even further.

Using file manager you can setup your own folders, these can be in the camera or photos folder on your device or SD Card, which in turn can become albums for which you can organize your photos. All you would have to do is move your images into these folders and they would appear as albums in the pictures application on the device. This helps if you have a large amount of files stored.

For those wishing to create folders/albums on BlackBerry 10, below are the step-by-step instructions. Please note that empty folders do not appear in the Picture Application, you will need to move a picture into the new album/folder before it will populate.

Create a new album or folder using File Manager

  • Launch the File Manager application
  • Tap on the folder you wish to create your album in
  • Tap the overflow menu (three dots) and select the Add Folder option
  • Input a name for your album/folder

Once the new albums have been created you will need to move your image into the new location in order for the Pictures application to recognize it. Please note that if you copy and paste you will have duplicate images show.

Move pictures from original location into the new album/folder

  • From the file manager, locate the image(s) you wish to move
  • Press and hold on the picture
  • To choose more than one image, tap on Select More from the side action menu and then tap on all the pictures to be moved
  • From the side action bar that appears, tap on Move
  • Navigate to the album/folder you wish to place the picture(s)
  • Tap Move

Once these actions are performed, simply go into the Pictures Application, tap on Albums, and they will be there as it scans for and picks up any folder that has an image. If you created an album as a sub-folder on your device or media card, the album will be located in that directory and you would simply tap on one of them to access. For example, if I created a new album within the camera folder of my SD Card, I tap on the Camera album and my new folder appears there. Otherwise, if they are in the main directory on the device or SD card they will show up as their own thumbnail in the Albums list.

While this may not be the perfect solution for browsing through all of your images, creating albums helps to organize them in a more efficient manner. Rather than scrolling from old to new or going through each one in File Manager, you can view by album and locate them quicker.

See you next time!

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Reader comments

Dear Berry: How do I scroll through my photos on BlackBerry 10?


And my brothers QuickSIIv3r and drmike will show you how it's done.Iam keeping a cookie for someone.

Incurable Q10 infection

You are looking at a very badly designed BB10 UI, if BB10 fans find it "very annoying" unable to scroll through photos using File Manager.

These convoluted workarounds is just a bandage stop gap measure;
potential BB10 customers and perhaps some BB10 fans may throw up their arms and give up.

Better designed BB10 File Manager UI for photos please!

It's hard to change someone with a maturity level of a preschooler.

Go stand in the corner with the other firsters.

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I hope he stands in the corner and laughs at how truly pathetic you and your lackey act and present yourselfs.

Drmike, please do us all a favor and stop existing.

Stop, drop, and roll.

The phone needs an iOS-like "camera roll" or a Samsung-like media browser in which all the thumbnails of the pics and videos can be viewed - with the device & SD card COMBINED. The constant switching between them is maddening!

The Pictures app works like this.

Open Pictures app
Press Date (on bottom bar)

All your pics (**even those on SD card**) appear ordered by date.

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And, I forgot to add: The Pictures app also combines the pics.

So if I took:

A.jpg today and saved it on SD card,
B.jpg yesterday and saved it on device, C.jpg 2 days ago and saved it on SD card,

then these pics would appear in order (A.jpg, B.jpg, then C.jpg) in the Pictures app (even though they are a mix of pics off the device memory and SD card).

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And last thing:

Yes -- the pictures app also shows videos you have taken in the list (both on the device memory and SD card).

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I've had issues with pictures since day 1. I consider myself a smart user, but have had issues with my pictures. Viewing my pictures by ALBUMS is backwards, oldest pictures first. Some pictures that are downloaded go by the date from which the pic was originally published, so have to scroll through months of images to locate it. SD card / Device is also a very tedious way to locate images.
It's not awful, but would expect everything to be a little easier.

Via The BlackBerry Z10 Experience.

YES! Viewing by Album is terrible!

Why in God's name would they make oldest pictures appear first???????

Whoever decided that needs to be fired immediately.

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I couldn't agree more, it's maddening. Why would you think I wanted to see to oldest photo first.... And pictures doesn't let you sort by date.

Hugely annoying!

I don't even use the pictures app as its so useless and just use the file manager instead.

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Actually, Pictures does let you sort by date (click "Date" on bottom bar after you first open Pictures app), but it only sorts images across ALL your pictures. However, you can't sort by date within a single Album. Arghhh!

The reason iOS has "camera roll" which can view all pictures is because they can't use SD cards.

The file manager has a different purpose.

Viewing and editing the pics is done in the Pictures app, File Manager is for moving and organising them.

Took me a while to figure that one out.

A viewer mode in the file manager might be a helpful addition.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Please berry how do I opened a packet of sweets.

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Totally agree.. what a great sounding word.. That's one and the only thing I didn't know that was covered in this article..

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Filing pictures on BB10 is so much better than on the iPhone. I give each picture a name just like I do on my computer. You can't do that on iPhone. Then right from the home screen I type a word. For example, Panda. (My dog). All my pictures of panda then come up. I also file my pictures in folders and sub folders. So I can look up - media card, pictures, dogs, Panda, 1999. Just like my computer.
I have transferred many pictures from my computer to the Q10 by putting the SD card into an adapter and copying the files I want onto and off of the SD card. This way I can pick and chose as I don't want ALL my pictures on the phone.
Then, if I really just want to scroll, I just go to the pictures app, pick a folder, and scroll away. File manager and the SD card are the main reasons I stick to BB.

These are some interesting points. Until now I have not liked the picture app much. Trying to be polite here because I am a huge BlackBerry fan. If it is not easy for me, it won't be easy for an awful lot of people.

I think CrackBerry should put a tips and tricks page up. Especially with some of these points.

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I also hate this..
Just view them on the picture app.

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Hopefully there will be enough constructively critical comments about picture management for BlackBerry to notice and take action. I also feel that the photo interface(s) need some user-friendly tweaks, especially in File Manager.

I do like that the OS keeps getting better with each update.

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The picture app needs the newest pictures on the top, not the oldest.
Like I told before. Many of the BlackBerry devs are drunken at work. I'm sure about that

Wenn du mir sagst, was dort draußen richtig ist, werde ich nicht mehr versuchen dich zu küssen... (Sayumi Whisp)

Change to 'date' view in pictures app and view photos by date using the scroll. That's the best way to view pictures easy and fast.

I agree constant switching is annoying! We need one unified place for the gallery just like the camera roll in the iPhone or similar

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Can the albums be created while connected to a PC? Would be easier the drag and drop, rename, etc...

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You can edit, move and delete using Windows Explorer, if it's hooked up and BlackBerry Link running.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Another thing is that when you open the picture app, there should be a bar to scroll faster

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Open pictures go to date tab, scroll ur photos down or up just a bit then a small bar will show up top right. Touch and drag that small bar to the left then you can scroll it to search your photos by month.

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I'd like to see that same thing for the contacts app, with about 1400 contacts in there, it takes more than a few swipes down to get to the letter J or P, for example, if you don't want to narrow u down by searching for the letter.

Most of my contacts start with P, because I used a short prefix before contact groups became available in BB10, the way they are now.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

I find this annoying as well, surely it cant be too difficult to implement this feature into file manager. Just the ability to open a file and then swipe to the previous or next file within file manager. Or else to group select multiple files and then scroll through them. Would be very convenient.

Sent from my Z10. Or was it my Q10? Either way, it was sent from an awesome phone.

Can someone tell me how to order camera picture from new to old. Cuz when I go to the camera folder the old are on top en the new are way down there. Really irritating to scroll down to look at recent pic that u just took.

Z10 10.2.1

Why is it that when I combine pics in a folder the pictures aren't viewable unless I click on them?

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