As much fun as taking more than five photos of each cute animal, life event, or food, your phone has a limit. For every beautiful shot, you’re probably saving a ton of junk. Getting that “storage full” message? It’s a pain.
On an iPhone, do this to reclaim storage space in a flash.
A complete overhaul of your photo collection is a big project, but it doesn’t have to be. Clean up my photo library in an instant! Tap or click the steps I use to clean up my digital photo library.
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Easily remove duplicates on your iPhone
Apple added a valuable tool to iOS 16. Your iPhone now has a “duplicate photos” folder where you can merge anything duplicated. It’s so easy to use. That’s how:
- Open the photo app and select albums.
- Scroll down and select duplicates. It’s under Utilities.
- You can select all of them by pressing Select > Select all > Join or select individual photos and touch Join.
- Confirm your choice and recover some storage space.
Tip within a tip: Is storage still low? Here’s how to see what’s taking up space on your phone. Delete any apps you’re not using. They take up more space than you realize.
Clean your photos folder on Android
Android phones have a trick to free up space that you may not know about. It only takes a few touches.
Instead of manually locating and deleting everything you don’t need, open the Files by Google app, then select Cleansed. If you don’t have it, head over to the Google Play Store and download it for free.
Tap confirm and release > View Junk Files and select what you want to delete. When you’re ready, tap Clear > Clear.
That’s all it takes to remove screenshots, memes, duplicates, and other junk lurking among your important photos.
Tip within a tip: Stop scrolling forever to find the image you want. You can search your photo gallery. Here’s how, and some tricks to find what you’re looking for.
speed up your smartphone
Deleting files, pictures and apps from your smartphone helps it run faster and smoother. Improves battery performance and extends its life. Tap or click here for 7 easy ways to speed up your phone.
While cleaning your phone, please clean cookies. These small files slow down your phone and help companies keep track of your online activities. It is worth doing this from time to time. Tap or click here for full steps to get the job done.
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