How to Add and Import Photos to the Windows 8 Photos App

Windows 8 Photos App

Windows 8 Photos app is no doubt a good take from the

list of default applications

. It is so well connected that you can view your photos from most places effortlessly. It is not just about your local photos but also about the seamless connectivity with other computers/devices you own and services like SkyDrive, Facebook, and Flickr.

While you will see most of your photos already there, we will learn how to add more to the list and/or how to import some from a device.

The coolest thing is that if you have the services mentioned above activated and connected, you can place your photos on any of those portals. And, they will reflect on your devices. Of course, you must be connected to the internet in order to view them.

Note: If you are looking for photos from another device you own, let me make it clear that it happens via SkyDrive. And to make them available you have to permit SkyDrive to make files available on other devices of yours.

We will talk about local enhancements now.

Add Photos via Pictures Library

All photos on the Pictures library are by default available for viewing on the Photos app. So, if you add more photos to the list, they will make it to the app’s interface.

To add photos you can copy them, navigate to Libraries -> Pictures and place them there. You may create sub-folders if you wish to.

Pictures Library

If movement is what you do not desire, you can connect a folder from any location to the library. Here’s how to aggregate pictures using Windows Libraries.

Import Photos from Devices

Let us take it on a step by step process.

Step 1: Connect the device or the memory card/ storage device to your computer.

Step 2: Open the Photos app and at any point, right-click to activate the options pane on the bottom of the screen. Click on Import.

Photos App Import

Note: The import option will not show if you are already viewing photos in full screen mode.

Step 3: The moment you do that you will see a pop-up asking you to select a device (from the list of connected ones) to import photos from.

Choose Import Device

Step 4: Now, select the photos you wish to import and hit the Import button. Wait for the while and the process with complete. The set that you import will be placed under a new folder under Pictures library.

Select Photos Import

Cool Tip: The photos will be auto-selected for import. However, the ones that are already imported will not be selected. You can alter the selection before you begin.


So the bottom line is, your pictures have to be placed at the Pictures library in order to make them accessible on the Photos app interface. Alternatively, you can choose the web services you are connected to.

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Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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