You can now drag and drop photos and objects on iPhone with iOS 15

Your phone is gaining a valuable drag and drop feature in iOS 15. Here's how it works.

Apple's drag and drop tool for mobile has always had more features on iPad than iPhone because of its larger screen. Right now, iPhone drag and drop is limited to moving apps from one location to another on the Home page on the best iPhones.

Beginning with iOS 15, however, Apple's top-selling handset is gaining a new drag and drop feature: the ability to move certain items from one app to another.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Using drag and drop in iOS 15

Because iPhone doesn't include side-by-side multitasking, it's never been feasible to move content between two apps — at least in the same way as it's done on iPad. So in iOS 15, Apple created something different to get the job done. Now, it's possible to move photos, text, files, and other documents with ease.

To do so:

  1. Hold down the object you wish to move until it becomes light blue. Once you do, the object will begin to float like a cloud, which you can move by sliding your fingertip around the screen.

  2. Next, while still holding the object with your finger, use a finger on your other hand to switch between apps using the Home bar. It's the white bar at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Position the floating content where you want to put it in the second app.
  4. Drop the content into its new position in the new app.

Here's how it looks when dragging photos:

What about the iPad?

Though iPad does have side-by-side, multitasking remains an important feature on iPad. And yet, the new drag and drag feature mentioned above for iOS 15 is also being carried over to the iPad. Just follow the same steps.


If you have any questions about using drag and drop on your iPhone, let us know in the comments. Apple plans on releasing iOS 15 later this year.