If you’re snap-happy, organizing your iPhone’s camera roll can become tedious. Two tasks are especially so: comparing similar photos to select the best of the bunch, and weeding out bad photos.
Why not let a smart app make these chores quick and easy for you? Pick one from the list below.
Before We Begin…
You should note a few important points before proceeding:
- Keep in mind that deleted photos end up in the Recently Deleted folder of the Photos app. Until you empty this folder, you won’t reclaim the space created by trashing the photos from your phone.
- To manually get rid of the deleted photos for good, first open the Recently Deleted folder in the Photos app. Next, tap Select at the top-right and then Delete All at the-bottom left. Your phone will also clear photos from this folder after they sit in it for 30 days.
- It’s best to go through the photos and other media that an app has lined up for bulk deletion. This will ensure that you don’t lose any valuable files accidentally.
- You’ll need to be extra careful while deleting photos from your iCloud Photo Library. Otherwise, you might end up losing important ones from all your Apple devices and iCloud as well.
Now let’s take a look at the apps we have chosen for you.
1. Remove Master for Camera Roll
The app lets you trash photos, Tinder-style. Once you’ve installed it, you can sift through your photos one-by-one, swiping left to delete a photo and swiping right to keep it. After every swipe, the next photo comes up automatically for review. It’s also handy that you can select photos by month.
Love the whole swipe-left, swipe-right approach to apps? Try the Tinder experience for email, jobs, food, and more.
Download: Remove Master for Camera Roll (Free, premium version available)
After scanning your photo library, Remo lines up all exact duplicates in one tab and all the similar photos in another. In both tabs, you can select the checkbox for the entire set of duplicates/similar images at once. You also have the option to select/deselect photos individually before you delete them.
Don’t worry that you’ll end up dumping all photos in a set without meaning to. Remo will stop you from doing that with an error message.
Want to exclude certain photos and sets while scanning your library in future? You can mark them as exceptions to notify Remo of your choice. You might also want to optimize the threshold for how closely you want Remo to match similar photos. To do this, head to the app’s settings.
If you want a free, simple app to remove duplicates and similar pictures in bulk, install Remo. It’s just a pity that it’s not as accurate as Gemini Photos, the next app on our list.
Download: Remo (Free)
3. Gemini Photos
Wondering if Gemini Photos has anything to do with the duplicate file finder Mac app Gemini? Yes, it does. MacPaw, the developer of Gemini, decided to clean up your iPhone’s camera roll as well with Gemini Photos.
The iPhone app automatically selects the bad photos cluttering up your phone and serves them up for review. You’ll see everything from blurry photos and duplicates to screenshots and photos with text. Whether you want to follow the app’s recommendation and trash these photos in bulk or keep any of them is up to you.
You’ll also find sets of similar photos and a “keep” recommendation by the app for the best photo in a set. But this feature is available only with a free trial for the first three days after you install the app. After that, you’ll need a paid subscription for it.
Want to leave certain photos out of future scans? No problem. All you have to do is add them to the app’s Ignore List. With Gemini Photos, you can also delete your whole photo library in one shot.
Download: Gemini Photos (Free, subscription available)
4. Dr. Cleaner
This app groups not only the redundant photos on your phone, but also screenshots, burst photos, and videos hogging too much storage space.
Once Dr. Cleaner scans your photo library, it lists these categories as tabs. You’ll find the deletion-worthy photos (according to the app) automatically selected. The app also shows you how much space you can recover with each bulk deletion.
Dr. Cleaner is not your regular photo decluttering app, as it does more than just hunting down duplicates on your iPhone. The app doubles as a duplicate contact finder, a storage maintenance app, and a photo vault.
Download: Dr. Cleaner [No Longer Available]
5. Bulk Delete
Bulk Delete allows you to select photos with a swipe and delete them in bulk. But that’s no big deal, since the Photos app lets you do the same.
But unlike the Photos app, Bulk Delete:
- Makes it easier to distinguish between selected and unselected photos
- Lets you delete your entire photo library if you wish to start from scratch
The real benefit of the app is time-based deletion. With this feature, you can choose to delete all photos taken in the last hour, or in the last 30 days, for example.
Download: Bulk Delete ($1)
Banish the Clutter From Your iPhone Photos
You stand to gain quite a bit of free space on your phone once you’re done deleting all the chaff from your camera roll.
Sure, you can always use the built-in iPhone features to manage your photos. But with the help of the apps above, you might even enjoy the process.