Add Favorites in Photos in Windows 10

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The Photos app is a Universal (Metro) app which comes pre-installed in Windows 10. It is a Store app which is intended to replace Windows Photo Viewer, since Microsoft wants to make the whole user environment look and work the same on Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs. However, interested users can restore the classic desktop app, Windows Photo Viewer. With recent updates, you can mark an image as a favorite. The Photos app will create a new "Favorites" album for you.

The built-in Photos app allows viewing images and performing basic editing. Its tile is pinned to the Start menu. Also, the app is associated with most image file formats out of the box. Photos offers very basic functionality to view images from the user's local drive or from the OneDrive cloud storage.

The Photos app automatically shows the photos and videos stored in the local Pictures folder along with files stored in OneDrive. The user can add a custom location to those folders. See

Add Folders to Photos in Windows 10

Note: At the moment of this writing, the Photos app which comes bundled with Windows 10 on Skip Ahead doesn't allow adding an image to favorites if it is not stored in the This PC\Pictures or OneDrive\Pictures folders. This will be fixed eventually.

To add an image to favorites in Photos in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Photos. Its tile is pinned to the Start menu by default.
  2. Open an image. As mentioned above, the image must be stored in the Pictures folder as of this writing.
  3. Click on the heart icon on the toolbar at the top edge of the View page.
  4. Alternatively, yon can right-click on the image and select Add to favorites from the context menu.

How to access Favorites in Photos in Windows 10

Favorites is a special album in the Photos app. It can be accessed from the main page of the app. Click on the Albums tab. You will see the Favorites album in the Created for you section.

From there, you can quickly remove the photos from Favorites. Open the album, right-click on the image and select Remove from favorites from the context menu.

Alternatively, you can open the image and click on the heart icon. This will remove the already added image from Favorites.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

10 thoughts on “Add Favorites in Photos in Windows 10”

    1. I have the same issue. Clicked some hearts to favorite my photos but now in the photos app there’s no favorites folder.

        1. The photos have to be in your pictures folder. Won’t work if they are in any other folder.

          1. Thank you – it wasn’t working for me but my pictures were on my c drive in a folder, not in pictures. I had already spent hours marking favorites. I was able to copy and paste my folder to Pictures and it retained my faves and created the folder. Phew. Thanks!

  1. I was finally able to find the favorties folder in my photo app. Now how can I copy them into a folder in my pictures folders? This shouldn’t be this difficult!

  2. Thanks a lot for the answer. I can’t help it but damn, Windows UX/UI designer really don’t want to make it easy for people to use their apps and programs. I’m an UX/UI designer myself, and I can tell you by experience : if so many people encounter the same frustrating issue while trying to do a simple task, then it is not the users who should adapt to the designer way of thinking, but the other way around. Such wasted time.

  3. To get the Favorites pictures in the photos app (if the photos are not in the Pictures folder), you need to add the folder to source. To do that, open photos app >> Click the three dots at the right top of the window >> Click settings >> Under source click ‘Add folder’ button >> Select the folder where your pictures are found. You can now go to ‘Albums’ tab, and the Favorites folder with the pictures you marked favorites are found there.

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