Inconsistent iPhone Photo Storage

There’s something strange going on with the iPhone’s photo storage routines. If you create a new contact and press the Edit Photo button (it should be empty), the camera fires up and you can take a picture. This photo is then automatically added as the contact’s picture. However, the photo itself is nowhere to be found in the Camera Roll or Photo Library on your iPhone.

Now, if you take a picture outside of the Add Contact process, it’s stored normally in the Camera Roll. You can then apply it to a contact. However, if you delete that photo from the Camera Roll, it will only delete the photo from the Contact image well but not from the Camera Roll.


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July 30, 2007 at 2:45 pm

I actually think this is a good idea.

If you take a picture of someone. then use it for a contact, then delete the original picture (for space or other reasons) the contact picture should remain. I think the contact images are separate from the camera rolls, and should be.

July 30, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Oh I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, it’s just odd to me that those photos are nowhere to be found except via the contact itself. It just means that there’s a hidden area on the drive where these are stored.