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Burst Management

To take a single picture with your iPhone, tap the shutter button. To capture multiple pictures of fast-moving activity in rapid succession, tap and hold the shutter button. This is called a Burst.

I didn’t know about Burst photos until I took one by accident. I pressed the shutter button for a moment longer than necessary and heard what sounded like machine gun fire. By the time I took my finger off the shutter button, I had taken about 18 frames of the same slow-moving subject. I don’t need all of those!

The iPhone bundles these individual images into one thumbnail image in the “All Photos” album, and also in the “Burst” album.

Whether you intend to take Burst photos (great for fast-moving sports and animals), or you take them by accident (as many of us have), here’s how to manage the collection of pictures:

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Locate the burst photos in the All Photos or Bursts albums.
  • Tap the thumbnail of the image. It will say “Burst (# Photos)” in the upper left corner of the image.
  • Tap “Select” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select the image(s) you wish to keep.
  • Tap “Done” in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Tap “Keep Only # Favorites.”
  • The individual images that you selected will be in your “All Photos” album and that Burst collection will be gone.

Check your Photos app for a Burst album. You may wish to delete some of the frames you don’t need.