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You have a lot of photos on your smartphone, but not all of them are great. Sorting through them is usually a pain. But you can simplify the process with apps that show you a preview of each photo, and let you swipe in either direction to keep it or delete it.

For iPhone or iPad users, there’s Flic ($0.99), arguably the better of the two apps. Android users will have to use SlidePick beta (free), which doesn’t cost a thing but isn’t so smooth.

Why Swipe?

Flic (left) and SlidePick (right) show photos one at a time, so all you have to choose is whether to keep it or not

I don’t know about you, but those “this app will automatically select the best photo out of similar ones” never work perfectly for me. I prefer to sort my images manually, but it’s a painful process, whether on iOS or Android. Thankfully, there’s a better way, inspired by Tinder.

The dating app asks you to swipe a photo right or left, to indicate whether you are interested in the person you see or not. So some smart developers applied the same idea to your photo gallery. Swipe right to indicate you want to keep the photo you see, swipe left to indicate you want to delete it.

Use it for a few minutes and you’ll wonder where this has been all your life. Swiping is perhaps the most intuitive way to go through your photo gallery and pick what you want to keep. With proper application, there’s a lot you can do with your photo stream Tips To Help You Get More Done With Photo Stream [iOS & OS X] Tips To Help You Get More Done With Photo Stream [iOS & OS X] These days, Apple is all about getting your data synced between your Mac and iOS devices. The company realizes that many Apple customers have more than one device and, although they may have a slightly... Read More .

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What If I Accidentally Delete a Photo I Want to Keep?

Unlike, like or delete; but you still get an "Undo" in case things go wrong.

Relax, neither app is so prone to simple mistakes. Both of them have an Undo button for the last image, in case of errors. But apart from that, there are other failsafes.

In Flic, swiping left transfers photos to a temporary trash can. When you are done going through a month’s worth of photos, you can choose whether to keep those images or not. Plus, Flic shows how many megabytes you are saving if you choose to delete.

SlidePick does not want to delete photos from your memory. Its main job is to help you make albums from your favourite photos. Swiping left discards a photo from an album you’re making, swiping right keeps it. However, there is a trash can option for any photo too, so instead of swiping, you can use the “unlike”, “delete” and “like” buttons to make your decisions.

I found SlidePick a little unintuitive though, so my suggestion is to make albums, share them on Facebook or social platform of choice, and then get rid of all your images. Your photos are backed up on Facebook and you save memory too.

The Problems With Flic and SlidePick

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Flic has a unique issue: it only goes back chronologically, taking you month by month. So if you want to sort through photos from May 2013, you’ll have to go through October 2014-June 2013 to get there. It can be annoying.

SlidePick’s big issue for me is that there’s no option to change the “swipe left” action to “Delete”. That would change how I use the app, for the better. Apart from that, I was irked by the bugs. The swiping works perfectly, but interacting with your album after you make it is a hit-or-miss affair. Sometimes, the previews don’t show up; once, it wouldn’t let me select any photo.

That said, the app is in beta, so I won’t be too harsh. These are easy-to-fix bugs, and the usefulness or both apps can’t be denied.

Do You Need These Apps?

If you don’t sort through your photos every time you take a few new ones, then these apps are fantastic. It’s the simple, repetitive mechanism that makes them brilliant: see a photo -> choose an action -> see next photo…

Download: Flic for iPhone ($0.99)

Download: SlidePick (BETA) (Free)

Of course, not everyone wants to sort through photos on their phone itself. If you prefer to handle your images on your computer, then Picasa is still the best photo manager Picasa - Still The Best & Most Versatile Photo Manager Available Picasa - Still The Best & Most Versatile Photo Manager Available How many photos would you say you have? More than a hundred? Six hundred? A thousand? Pictures are a big part of all of our lives, but there is else something which is equally important... Read More around. It’s also worth remembering that the best way of reducing the number of photos you need to delete is by taking better photos in the first place The Top 5 Photography Tips For Absolute Beginners The Top 5 Photography Tips For Absolute Beginners Fueled by a desire to take better photos, last year I got myself a nice DSLR for Christmas. I'm certainly no photography expert - but I did take the time learn a few tips I... Read More .

What do you want to see from apps like Flic and SlidePick?

Image Credits: Smart Phone Via Shutterstock

  1. Sollsa
    November 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Good advice - there is always a good concept about really trying also to delete photos and sort them from time to time, I have something quite similar, called rat pack challenge, also an app. Just to get rid of that a lots of pics that one always takes from the same position, hey how did we survive without handy cams? ;-)

  2. Mihir Patkar
    November 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Great feedback, Pravin! Hopefully Matias above will read this and incorporate your thoughts in future updates :)

  3. Pravin
    November 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Tried SlidePick.. Needs Improvement.. If they could incorporate Up and Down slides for other actions like "move to a predefined folders or categories", it would been awesome.. Users' choice of actions.
    But still it's good..
    hope to see those in coming updates..

  4. Matias Honorato
    October 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for the great article! We just launched SlidePick in a open Beta in the Google Play, so you can download it easily. There are many things to keep improving, but is with your help that we can create an amazing product :-)
    Feel free to reach me out at my Twitter @mati_honorato or email mhonorato@slidepick.com
    Have a great day!
    This is the download link: bit.ly/slidepickapp

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 29, 2014 at 2:41 am

      Thanks for writing in, Matias! Hopefully you can stick around if any of the readers have questions or comments :)

  5. Nicolas
    October 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    SlidePick is available in the play store, no need to follow the 3 steps :D
    great app i love it!

    Link to the play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.slidepick&hl=es-419

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 29, 2014 at 2:40 am

      Thanks Nicolas, added it to the article :)

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