SmugMug's iOS app

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SmugMug has an iOS app for iPhone and iPad, and it can be found in the Apple App Store. The app works flawlessly on iOS devices without needing to display your photos in Safari.

Log in.

The first time you open the app, we'll ask if you want to log in or start a free trial. If you don't have an account or just want to browse without logging in, tap the Find Photographers  tab to find photos from your photographer, friends, or family. You can also sign up for an account through the app! Check out the details for that here.

You can always log in later by tapping the Photos tab and in the lower-left corner. Logging in allows you to skip entering your viewing passwords, to view your unlisted and private galleries, and to view photos that have been privately shared with you.

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You can view any SmugMug account and "bookmark" it on your Following screen: yours, your friends, or your favorites. Hit the little Sharing headshot icon in the center to go to your sharing section, tap the Following tab, and then tap Add Photographer or the plus-sign icon in the top-right corner:

Enter the full name or nickname of the Smugger whose photos you'd like to view. If it's a match, we'll place an icon with their bio photo on your Following screen.

Made a mistake? Tap the name of the photographer you want to remove from your Following screen, select any additional name(s) you want to remove, then tap the green Unfollow bar at the bottom of the screen.

Add as many accounts as you like simply by tapping plus-sign icon in the top-right corner. Click the thumbnail with your friend’s name to view all folders and galleries accessible by Everyone (public) on their site. Tap any folder or gallery to explore it.

Within a gallery, swipe up or down to navigate photos in the gallery. Tap any thumbnail to view it as large as your device allows, or as large as the photographer has permitted in their gallery settings.

Note: If a gallery is set with a viewing password, you must enter it to be able to see the photos inside it. Logging in will bypass this prompt only if you’re browsing your own photos.

If anyone has privately shared photos with you, you’ll see an extra navigation tab in your Sharing screen. Tap Shared with Me to view these privately shared galleries.

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Search and filter.

Search for folders galleries, and photos in the app! Start by tapping the magnifying glass icon in the bottom menu bar.

Next, type in what you're searching for. Some auto-complete options will appear as you type, and you can tap on any of these to save yourself some typing. Then tap Search.

Your results will appear quickly, and will show you photos matching your search first. Use the tabs across the top to view results for galleries or folders that also match your search terms. Then tap on any of the results to go right to that photo, gallery, or folder.

Search results rely on your gallery and folder names as well as photo titles, captions, and keywords. To make your search work its best, make sure to add this information on your site.

If you're in the Photos tab, you can filter your photos and galleries. Tap the filter icon in the top-right corner to filter and sort your search results by date range, capture or upload date, most recent or earliest image, and even file type (photo or video). 

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Sales history and proof delay.

This feature is available for Portfolio and Pro plans.

Your sales history is available within the app. Along with your sales history, you can also access proof-delay features. This is a great way to manage your customer's orders while you're on the go.

To view your sales history, open the app and tap on the sales tab in the bottom menu.  Next, tap on an order to view all the details.

If you use proof delay, you'll be able to see and use all the familiar proof-delay tools.When you're ready, select the Release Order button at the top (or bottom) of the order to proceed with printing.

Additional details about proof delay are available in this article.

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You can upload everything from your mobile devices to your SmugMug galleries right through the app! (You can also upload to SmugMug from your camera roll and other apps if you have extensions enabled. Check it out!)

To get started, click the plus-sign upload icon in the top-right corner, then choose whether you want to upload photos, a gallery, or a folder.

If this is your first time uploading photos from within the app, you'll need to grant SmugMug permission to access the images on your device by tapping OK. You'll only need to do this once.

If you choose gallery or folder from the upload options, you'll be prompted to create a new home for your photos. Within the app, you can add a name, description, and keywords as well as set your privacy settings.

If you choose to upload photos, you'll be prompted to select which images you want to upload. Individually tap the photos you want to upload or tap "Select All" for days in which you want to upload all images. Once you've selected the photo(s) you want to upload, tap the green upload bar that appears at the bottom of the screen.

If you're uploading to an existing SmugMug gallery, select the one you want to upload your images to by tapping it once (or create a new gallery by tapping New in the upper right), then tap the Upload button that appears to start your upload.

A progress bar for your photo(s) will appear on your screen. If you choose to continue browsing while everything uploads in the background, an upload indicator icon will appear in the top right of your screen to show what percentage of your upload is complete.

Tip: Want your mobile photos to automatically upload to SmugMug in the background? You can enable this through the app's settings (see below for the full details).

Upload directly from an SD card.
If you have Apple's SD card camera reader, you can skip your computer entirely and upload directly from your SD card using the app. Simply plug the reader into your iOS device, fire up the app, and tap the upload icon (plus sign) to get started.

Choose to upload photos to an existing gallery or create a new gallery. Once you've made your selection and entered any information you need (if you're creating a new gallery), click Import in the upper right-hand corner.

The iCloud Drive screen will automatically load, so you'll first need to back out of it by tapping Browse in the upper-left corner.

Now you should see all available import options. Select your SD card from the list (EOS_DIGITAL here), then tap the correct folder that contains your images (DCIM here).

You should see all the photos you've taken on your SD card. Simply tap the ones you want to upload to make your selections, then tap Open in the upper-right corner to begin your upload.

Note: If you have a SmugMug Source subscription, you can also upload RAW files directly from your SD card using the above process.

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Upload from other apps.

Upload photos from your camera roll and other apps directly to SmugMug! To do this, you’ll first need to enable the SmugMug extension on your iOS device.

  1. Launch your camera roll.
  2. Select the photo(s) you want to upload by tapping on the images.
  3. Tap the square share icon at the bottom left of the screen.

  4. Swipe left on the bottom row of sharing options and to find SmugMug. Tap More if it doesn't show in your list.

  5. Tap the SmugMug icon to open the select gallery screen. Choose your gallery or create a new one by tapping on New, upper right. The selected gallery will open, tap, Upload for your images to begin uploading to the gallery.

Repeat the above process within other apps (including your text messages!) to upload from them directly to your SmugMug galleries. Note that each app might share a bit differently—for example, having a Send to App option instead of the share icon.

Note: The original app’s developer must allow extensions in order for SmugMug to appear in More options. If you don’t see SmugMug in the list, contact the developer of the app you’re using to request they enable extensions from other developers.

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Manage content.

Need to change some settings on a gallery or folder? Simply click on the Photos menu and the Galleries tab to browse to the gallery or folder you want to edit. Then tap the overflow menu (three horizontal dots) while you're browsing a gallery or folder to load up the options menu, then tap Edit Gallery Settings. Here you can change a gallery or folder's name, description, download options, turn on the shopping cart, and change or add keywords as well as privacy and visibility settings.


You can also edit a photo's title, caption, keywords, and location from within the app. Navigate to the photo you want to update, tap the overflow menu in the top-right corner, then select Edit Photo Details. Make any changes you need and be sure to tap Save to make them stick.

Pro subscribers also have the ability to set a pricelist for a gallery or an entire folder. For a gallery, tap the overflow menu (three horizontal dots), then tap Edit Gallery Settings. Tap on Pricelist and set the pricelist you wish to apply to the gallery. Inherited would be the default pricelist you have set in your SmugMug settings. They can also turn on the watermark within the gallery settings.

To set a pricelist at the folder level, tap the overflow menu, then tap Edit Folder Settings and Pricelist, then choose which pricelist you want to apply to the entire folder. All galleries within that folder will inherit the pricelist assigned to the folder unless a gallery has a different, manually assigned pricelist.

Tip: To update or add a photo's location, long-press on the map to open it, then tap to place the pin in the correct location.

Delete photos or entire galleries with a few taps. While browsing your photos, tap the overflow menu at the top right of your screen. An overlay menu will pop up; tap Delete This Photo (or Delete This Gallery if you're viewing a gallery when you tap the overflow menu) if you want to delete only the photo or gallery you're viewing. Tap Select Items if you want to delete several photos at once.

If you're selecting multiple photos, you can choose to move them to a different gallery instead of delete them—or even collect virtual copies of them into other galleries. After selecting your photos, tap the overflow dots that appear in the green pop-up menu bar for the move/delete options, then follow the on-screen prompts. You can choose where you want to move things to—or create a new gallery to move things to.

You can also edit photos within the app! To take advantage of this feature, navigate to any photo you've uploaded to your SmugMug site within the app, then tap the overflow menu in the top right and select Edit Photo. 

Crop, add filter effects, add text, and more. Side-scroll through all the options to explore everything you can do within the editor. Don't forget to accept (checkmark in the lower-right corner) or cancel (x in the lower-left corner) any edits you make to your photos before exiting out of a transformation screen.

When you're finished editing your photo, tap the checkmark in the lower-right corner to save your edits. You'll be asked if you want to replace the original photo with your freshly edited version, or if you'd prefer to save a new copy of your edited version alongside the original. Choose whichever option you prefer, and we'll save your edited photo within the same gallery as the original.

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View galleries offline.

Want to be able to show off your portfolio on the go? Or share those family photos when you aren't near Wi-Fi? Now you can mark any gallery for viewing offline, so the galleries you select will always be available.

To make a gallery available offline, navigate to the gallery by tapping on the gallery name. In the top right, you'll see an overflow menu (three horizontal dots). Tap the overflow menu and then select Access These Photos Offline. Repeat these steps to remove a Offline gallery from your screen.

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Save and share.

In addition to viewing galleries while offline, you can also share galleries and photos (if you're the owner and are signed in) to Twitter, Facebook, and more through the app.

To share, navigate to the gallery or photo you want to share, then tap the share icon in the top right (or tap the overflow menu and select Share a Link in the pop-up menu). Select the sharing option you want to use and follow the on-screen instructions.


To save multiple photos from your SmugMug account to your device, make sure you're logged in to your account first. Navigate to the gallery that contains the photos you want to download, then long press a photo to enable selecting. Once you see a green checkmark, tap any other photos you want to download, then tap the download icon in the green bar at the bottom of your screen.

Share with QR Codes.
This feature is available for Pro plan customers only.

QR Codes are available within the iOS app for sharing a gallery, folder, or your site with your guest or client!

Start by opening the app on your device and navigating to any gallery or folder. Tap the overflow menu (three horizontal dots) in the upper right.

This opens a menu with a variety of options. Select the option to Generate QR Code.

The QR Code will be displayed. You can take a screenshot to share, or tap the share icon just below the QR Code.

To share your site with a QR Code, open the app. Tap on the overflow menu (three horizontal dots) in the top right and select Generate Website QR Code .


The QR Code will be displayed. You can take a screenshot to share, or tap the share icon just below the QR Code. Now you're ready to share your QR Codes with anyone you choose!

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Watch videos.

Movies are right in your hands. Tap the play button to load the video, and while it's playing, tap again to bring up the timeline where you can fast forward, rewind, or pause.

You can enlarge to full-screen view, too. Rotate the device to landscape mode. This will fit the video to the full screen, or you rotate back to portrait mode to watch it in its native size.

Note: You can pinch to zoom in/zoom out, too.

To close the full-screen view, rotate the phone back to portrait mode. You can return to the gallery by tapping the upper left to close the video. Tap the arrow upper left to bring  you back to the gallery.

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About the menu bar.

You can bookmark any SmugMug folder, gallery, or photo and give yourself a shortcut to access them quickly. Find your bookmarks under the Search menu item.

To add a bookmark, navigate to the folder, gallery, or photo you want, then tap the overflow menu, and select Bookmark This to save it to your bookmarks. Repeat these steps to remove a bookmark from your screen.

To see if you have download rights, navigate to a photo or video you want to save and tap the overflow menu. You'll see an option to Save to Camera Roll if you're logged in and have permission to download photos.

If you click View Photo Info in the above menu, you’ll be able to see detailed information about how the photo was captured by the photographer.

You can also edit a photo's details, share it, or delete it within this menu.

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Website visitor view.

Want to see what your site, folder, or gallery will look like on the web for a visitor? All while not leaving the app? Now you can!

Navigate to a folder or gallery in the app. Then in the top right, tap on the overflow menu (three horizontal dots) and select View Gallery as a Visitor.

After making that selection, you'll be shown a web visitor view. At the top there will be a banner to remind you.

Some links in the visitor view are clickable, but if a link isn't available in this view, we'll let you know with a brief pop-up.

If a gallery, folder, or site is restricted with a password, limited to people you choose, or private, you'll see what a logged-out visitor would see at first visit. This is great for letting you know what a guest would see when first visiting any given page on your site.

This feature is also available for viewing your site's homepage. In the app, navigate to the Galleries tab. Then tap the overflow menu (three horizontal dots) in the top right and select Open Website Visitor View.

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Access your settings any time by tapping your user icon in the top-left corner.

Your settings allow you to do the following:

  • Enable auto-upload of photos stored on your phone.
  • Delete your account data.
  • Enable push notifications.
  • See how much storage your photos are using if you’ve saved any galleries for offline viewing.
  • Log out of your account.
  • View your subscription status.
  • Enable syncing of your photos.
  • Clear your cache.
  • See which version of the app you’re currently using.
  • Learn more about SmugMug.

To enable the auto-uploading feature, you'll first want to make sure you do the following:

  • Check that your device is running iOS 13 (and update it if it isn't—otherwise you won't see this nifty feature!).
  • Connect your device to stable Wi-Fi.

Once you've got those steps covered, tap your user icon to enter the SmugMug app’s settings, then tap Auto Upload and slide the toggle on to auto-upload your photos and videos. Tap OK to allow SmugMug to access your photos and videos—we need this permission so we can upload your content for you.


Once you grant SmugMug permission, you'll see a message pop up that says, "You're good to go!" Success! All photos and videos you take after enabling this feature will automatically upload to your SmugMug account. Any photos or videos taken before turning on auto upload will also be included.

To find the content that's been backed up on your SmugMug site, tap the Galleries tab and look for a brand new folder called Automatic iOS Uploads with subfolders for each year and month. (If you're away from your phone and on a computer, you can log in to your SmugMug account and go to your Organizer to find the same folder.) This folder and all its contents are private and accessible only to you.

The app will continue to automatically create these folders for you while you have auto uploading enabled.

It's important to note that any HEIC images will be converted into JPGs when uploaded to SmugMug, and LivePhotos will be converted into still images. 

Note: Galleries can hold up to 5,000 photos and videos. If you get close to filling up a gallery to its max, we’ll start a new gallery for continued auto uploading.

To delete your account data, tap your account name then Delete Account. Follow the on-screen prompts to confirm your data deletion.

Important: Deleting your account data does not cancel your subscription. You'll need to cancel your subscription separately.

To enable push notifications in the app, tap Notifications and then Enable Notifications. This will allow you to choose which notifications you want to receive alerts for pro sales and other important information.

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