Nowadays, smartphones are the go-to tool for casual photographers. But it’s not long before our devices become cluttered with unsatisfactory selfies and attempts to find the perfect framing for our photos.
Going through every single one of these to free up storage is a time-consuming process. But luckily, there are several Android apps that will make this a whole lot easier.
1. Google Files Go
Google’s Files Go app takes some of Google Photos’ useful storage features and supercharges them. It’s incredibly effective in determining what you should delete, since it knows which photos already have a cloud backup copy.
Files Go has an overview of your entire device, not just your gallery. This means it not only checks for duplicate files, but also identifies folders that will likely be cluttered by junk images. This includes screen recordings, WhatsApp’s media folder, and your screenshots folder. The app can also identify large files.
To clear up space, you can either manually select images for deletion or use the one-tap free up space function. The app also has a variety of other useful features, so make sure to find out more about what Google Files Go can do.
Download: Google Files Go (Free)
2. Gallery Doctor – Photo Cleaner
Gallery Doctor is an all-in-one photo cleaner solution and one of the most comprehensive photo management apps. It helps you delete duplicates, screenshots, and generally poor images. This is incredibly useful if your goal isn’t to simply empty folders or backed-up images, but to actually sort good images from the bad ones.
The app generates batches of photos it considers candidates for deletion—either because they are similar to other pictures, or they have quality issues.
Make sure to go through the generated list to decide what you want to keep and what you’re okay with scrapping. The app does detect quality issues, but it can’t tell if a photo is sentimental for some reason. This final stage of sorting will be up to you. Once decided, you can give the app the go-ahead to bulk delete photos.
Download: Gallery Doctor (Free)
3. Clean Master
Clean Master has great photo sorting and deletion capabilities that often go unnoticed. The app is a general storage management solution that lets you free up space on your Android device. However, considering that many dedicated photo organizing apps come laden with ads and locked features, Clean Master excels in this category despite its general focus.
By accessing the photo-cleaning tool within the app, you can sort through similar photos, near-identical portraits, and blurry images. The app also has a WhatsApp cleaning tool, so you can get rid of the junk photos from the WhatsApp’s media folder.
Another great feature of the Clean Master is that it also suggests which image is the best out of similar photos. This gives you a guideline on what to delete and what to keep.
If you want an app that has nuanced photo management tools, but also other storage cleaning features, Clean Master is definitely a great choice. You can not only get rid of bad photos, but deep-clean your phone’s other folders too.
Download: Clean Master (Free)
Like Clean Master, NoxCleaner isn’t a dedicated photo management app. But it does a great job of helping you clean up junk images on your phone. The app even has a dedicated photo management section. Once NoxCleaner has completed its scan, it provides you with an overview of similar images, large pictures, screenshots, and blurry photos in different folders.
You can then visit a particular folder to select which images you would like to delete. You can also disable auto-select if you want to manually choose which ones to get rid off. A handy feature is the app’s recommendations on which photos to keep.
The only downside of the app is that the scanning can take quite a bit of time since it’s scanning your entire phone. But if you’re serious about freeing up storage by clearing out bad photos, it’s worth it.
Download: NoxCleaner (Free)
5. Remo Duplicate Photos Remover
Remo focuses on getting rid of duplicate images on your phone. While this may sound like it has a limited scope, this focused function actually works in the app’s favor.
If you’re more concerned about redundant copies of photos taking up space on your phone, this app is the perfect solution. Once Remo completes its scan, it sorts your photos into duplicate and similar images. This means you can focus on getting rid of redundant pictures, rather than images that may just have bad lighting.
This is incredibly useful for people who often share their images on social media, since each social app tends to save its own local copy of an image.
Download: Remo Duplicate Photos Remover (Free)
Android Apps for Editing Your Lousy Photos
These apps help you get rid of your redundant and low-quality images. But what if you don’t want to take a scorched earth policy and would like to salvage your bad shots?
Photo editing apps can turn mediocre or even bad photos into stunners. If you’re interested in salvaging your pictures, make sure to check out our guide on the best photo editing apps for Android.