iPhones have excellent cameras, and even if the person taking the photo is the best photographer in the world, there is a possibility that you will end up with some bad photos in the gallery. After a while the gallery will contain a handful of unwanted photos that will be fine in the trash. Browsing the gallery and getting rid of every bad picture is not the easiest task. Comparing similar images in gallery, choosing the best one and deleting the rest is not a task that can be done manually.
If you love photography, organizing your iPhone camera gallery can get boring. Two tasks are particularly priority: comparing similar images to determine the best ones, and getting rid of bad ones.
Why not let a smart app make those boring chores quick and easy for you?
Before we start…
You should note some important points before proceeding:
- Keep in mind that the deleted photos ending on albumRecently DeletedIn the Photos app, it will stay in that folder for 30 days and then be permanently deleted. Or you can empty this folder manually, it will not recover the space created by recycle bin from your phone.
- To manually get rid of permanently deleted photos, first open “Album”Recently Deletedin the Photos app. Next, tap Specify in the top right then delete all at the bottom left.
- Note that this folder allows you to recover deleted photos on your iPhone, so make sure that you want to permanently erase them before doing so.
- It’s best to manually browse through photos and other media that the app queues for mass deletion. This will ensure that you will not lose any valuable files by mistake.
- You’ll need to be extra careful while deleting photos from iCloud Photo Library. Otherwise, you may end up losing important photos from all your Apple devices and iCloud as well.
Let’s now take a look at the apps we’ve chosen for this task.
1. Remove Master for Camera Roll
This app allows you to delete photos in the same way as in Tinder. Once installed, you can scan your photos one by one, swipe left to delete the photo and swipe right to keep. After each swipe, the next image for review appears automatically.
Don’t worry if you accidentally delete any photos. You can bring it back from the Trash folder. To do this, first visit the appropriate section by clicking on the trash can icon at the top left. Next, deselect the photos you want to restore and exit the Trash folder by pressing the button
X in the top left. You will then see a prompt to cancel the delete action. Click Yes to follow.
Remember, any photos you leave selected will be deleted. If any of them are the main photo of their group, you can still restore that photo from the album.Recently Deletedin the Photos app.
If you want to remove ads, select photos by month, or mark photos as favorites, you will need to pay for the premium version of the app.
Remove Master isn’t the only app that takes a swipe-based approach to deleting photos. PhotoTrash ($1) and Clean Photos (free) are two alternatives that you can explore.
Download: Remove Master for Camera Roll (Free, paid version available)
Remo offers a great way to delete duplicate photos from your iPhone.
After scanning your photo library, Remo collects all exact duplicates in one tab and all similar photos in another tab. In the two tabs, you can mark a whole group of duplicate / similar photos for deletion at once.
Don’t worry that you will end up accidentally getting rid of all the photos in the group. Remo will prevent you from doing this with an error message. The app allows you to select/deselect photos individually and also preview them before deleting.
In the case of similar images, you may want to improve to a minimum how closely Remo matches these images. To do this, head over to Application settings.
If you want a free and simple app to remove duplicates and similar images in bulk, install Remo. It’s 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 Gemini duplicate file finder app on Mac? Yes it is. MacPaw, the developer of Gemini, decided to clean up the iPhone camera gallery as well with Gemini Photos.
The iPhone app automatically identifies the bad photos that are cluttering up your phone and displays them for review. You’ll see everything from blurry images and duplicates to screenshots and images with text. Whether you want to follow the app’s recommendation and get rid of these images in bulk or keep any of them is up to you.
You will also find groups of similar photos and a recommendation”retentionBy the app to get the best picture in the group. However, this feature is only available with the free trial for the first three days after installing the app. After that, you will need a paid subscription.
What about photos that don’t fall under any of the Gemini preset categories? You can change them one by one from the other folder. All you have to do is swipe down to delete an image or swipe up to keep it.
Do you want to leave certain images out of future scans? there is no problem. You can add them to the ignore list in the app. With Gemini Photos, you can also delete your entire photo library with a single click.
Download: Gemini Photos (Free, subscription available)
4. Bulk Delete
Bulk Delete allows you to select images by swiping and delete them in bulk. But that’s no big deal, as the Photos app lets you do the same.
But unlike the Photos app, Bulk Delete:
- Makes it easier to distinguish between selected and unselected images.
- It allows you to delete your entire photo library if you want to start from scratch.
The real benefit of the app is the 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 ($0.99)
Banish clutter from your iPhone camera gallery
You are able to get a large amount of free space on your phone once you are done deleting all the bad photos from your camera gallery.
Sure, you can always use the built-in iPhone features to manage your photos. But with the help of the above apps, you might enjoy the process.