If you’ve copied the pictures on your iPhone many times or keep forgetting to delete them after editing and saving them as new ones, you may realize that you end up with a lot of duplicate photos sooner or later. Duplicate photos can quickly fill up the storage space on your iPhone, so it’s a good idea to spend some time organizing the Photos app and getting rid of the unnecessary pictures. In this article, we’ll explain why photos become duplicates in the first place and provide the best ways to delete duplicate photos on an iPhone.
Why Do Photos Get Duplicated on iPhone?
Before we dive into the main part, it’s important to understand why photos can end up being duplicated on an iPhone. Knowing this can help you prevent the issue from happening again in the future and help you deal with the current duplicate photos.
Here are some possible reasons why photos get duplicated on iPhones:
- Different ways of transferring files: For instance, if you used iCloud to sync your iPhone multiple times and then directly connected it to your Mac to transfer photos, you might end up with duplicates. Also read How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud.
- Taking multiple photos at once: If you quickly tap the camera button multiple times while aiming your iPhone at the same thing, you’ll get similar or duplicate photos.
- Different versions of edited photos: When you use a third-party app to edit a photo on your iPhone, it usually saves the edited version separately instead of modifying the original photo. It’s a good idea to delete the original one if you no longer need it to prevent duplicates from piling up.
How to Find Duplicate Photos on iPhone
When it comes to finding duplicate photos on your iPhone, you have a few options. You can use the features already built into your iPhone, or if you need more advanced and specialized search capabilities, you can use dedicated apps for this purpose.
- Manually look through the Photos app: This is the easiest but also the most time-consuming way to find duplicate photos on your iPhone. Simply open the Photos app on your device and go to Albums > All Photos. Then, scroll through the photos to find the duplicates.
- Open the Duplicates folder: If your iPhone is running iOS 16 or later, there is a special folder called Duplicates in the Photos app. This folder already contains all the groups of duplicate photos on your device. To access it, go to Photos > Albums > Utilities and tap on Duplicates.
- Use a third-party app: You can download a special app that will scan your iPhone for duplicate photos.
How To Delete Duplicate Photos on iPhone
There are three ways you can delete duplicate photos from your iPhone:
- Using the Duplicates feature
- Manually deleting them
- Using a special app designed for removing duplicate photos
If you want a quick solution and your iPhone has iOS 16 or a newer version, it’s best to choose the first option. However, if you don’t have this feature or don’t want to spend time manually searching for duplicate photos, you can try using a dedicated app. However, if you’re concerned that the automatic tools might accidentally delete the wrong photo, you can manually delete the duplicate photos from your iPhone.
For more information about each method and detailed step-by-step instructions, refer to the section below.
Method 1: Use the Duplicates Feature
The easiest and quickest way to handle duplicate photos on an iPhone is to use the Duplicates feature in the Photos app. However, please note that this feature is available only on iPhones running iOS 16 or later.
The Duplicates feature identifies duplicate photos on your iPhone and groups them together. When you use this feature, it automatically selects the highest-quality and most relevant photo from each group. The remaining duplicate photos are moved to the Recently Deleted folder on your iPhone.
To delete duplicate photos using the Duplicates feature, follow these steps:
Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Tap the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. Scroll down to the Utilities section and tap Duplicates.
Step 4. Tap the Merge button next to the duplicate photos you want to combine.
Once you have merged the duplicate photos on your iPhone, go to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted. Tap the Select button in the top-right corner and choose Delete All to permanently remove all the duplicates from your device.
If you want to quickly clear your iPhone of all duplicate photos, you can merge all of them with just one tap. Here’s how:
Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Go to Albums > Utilities and tap Duplicates.
Step 3. Tap Select in the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 4. Tap Select All to choose all the groups of duplicate photos.
Step 5. Tap the Merge button to confirm.
Method 2: Delete the Duplicates Manually
This option is suitable if you want to take your time and carefully choose which photo to keep from the duplicates, ensuring that it’s the right one. It’s a simple process that can be done on any iPhone.
To manually delete duplicate photos from your iPhone, follow these steps:
Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Tap the Library tab at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. Select All Photos to see all the pictures stored on your device.
Step 4. Scroll through the photos to find the duplicates.
Step 5. Once you’ve identified a group of duplicate photos, tap Select at the top-right of the screen. Then, tap each photo you want to delete.
Step 6. Finally, tap the Trash icon at the bottom right to confirm the deletion.
Method 3: Use a Third-Party App to Remove Duplicates
Another option you have is to use a third-party app to delete duplicate photos from your iPhone. If your iPhone doesn’t have iOS 16 or you don’t want to upgrade it, or if you find it difficult to use the Duplicates feature but still want a quick solution to remove duplicate photos, you can try this method.
These apps usually take just a few seconds to scan your iPhone for duplicate photos. After the scan, you can manually choose which duplicates you want to keep and which ones to delete, or you can let the app handle it automatically. These apps often use advanced pattern and face recognition technology, making the scanning for duplicate photos highly accurate. If you’re unsure which app to choose, here are some that have shown the best results:
#1. Remo Duplicate Photos Remover
Remo Duplicate Photos Remover is a well-known free app for iPhone that deletes duplicate photos. What’s great about it (besides being completely free) is that it’s a simple app that does exactly what it promises, without any extra bells and whistles. So if you’re looking for an all-in-one cleaner for your iPhone, Remo isn’t that.
However, it excels at its main task. The app is incredibly easy to use, with all its features clearly labeled and easily accessible. It offers convenient features that make deleting duplicate photos much easier.
Remo organizes your duplicates into categories, allowing you to browse through them. You can easily mark entire duplicate groups or individual photos, and it even saves the best photo in each group to speed up the process.
Remo is a great option if you want a free app to clean up duplicate photos. It has useful features that enhance its main function, provides a decent user experience, and is available on all popular platforms.
- It’s free
- Available on all popular platforms
- Simple interface and very easy to use
- Detects both “exact” and “similar” photos and categorizes them
- Offers helpful tools like preview and image details viewer
- It can only delete duplicate images and doesn’t have other major features or tools
- The interface is plain and unremarkable
- Sometimes categorizes “exact” duplicates as “similar” duplicates
#2. Cleaner for iPhone
Cleaner for iPhone is not just a duplicate photo remover, but a comprehensive cleaning app with useful tools for managing photos, videos, and contacts. It offers more features than standalone duplicate cleaners, making it appealing to users who prefer an all-in-one solution. While it’s a paid app, you can try all its features during a short free trial period.
Cleaner for iPhone has great core features. It categorizes different types of media, like live photos and screenshots, making it easier to manage them. You can scan files based on specific time periods and quickly identify and delete large video files that take up a lot of storage space.
The app also includes a tool for cleaning up duplicate contacts, but it may struggle to recognize contacts without names, even if they have complete business information, which can result in unintended merges.
In summary, Cleaner for iPhone is a good choice if you’re willing to pay and want a more comprehensive tool.
- Fully-featured free trial
- Useful categories for media types like screenshots and live photos
- Ability to scan for duplicates within a specific time period
- Tools for managing contacts, including backup, restore, and merging duplicates
- Organizes media files by size
- Confusing in-app subscriptions and pricing
- Short free trial period
- Difficulty managing contacts without names
- Includes an irrelevant battery charging animation that adds unnecessary bulk to the app (though it’s not significant)
- $2.99 to $49.99 (weekly, monthly, annual, and lifetime subscription options available)
#3. Clean My Photos: Photo Cleaner
Clean My Photos: Photo Cleaner is another comprehensive cleaning app for the iPhone. It allows you to manage your media files like photos and videos, as well as your contacts. What sets it apart is the additional features it offers, such as clearing iPhone cache data and compressing photos and videos without losing quality.
The core features of the app are also quite good. You can easily remove duplicates of photos, videos, and contacts with just one button (although we recommend reviewing them carefully). It also lets you filter your camera roll by size, making it easy to delete large files that take up a lot of space. Additionally, it provides a battery health monitoring feature, which is a nice bonus.
The app is a bit more expensive, but it does offer a 3-day free trial.
- User-friendly interface and very easy to use
- One-tap cleaning
- Ability to delete iPhone cache data
- Can clear duplicate photos, videos, contacts, and even calendar events
- Sometimes mistakenly identifies edited photos as duplicates (while keeping the original ones)
- Short free trial period
- Can become costly depending on your needs
- $2.99 to $39.99 (weekly and annual subscription options available)
#4. Duplicate Photos Fixer
Duplicate Photos Fixer is the second free app on this list, and it has some really cool features that we haven’t seen in other apps. It focuses specifically on cleaning up duplicate photos and provides tools to make that task easier. One of the best features is the ability to customize the scan settings based on your specific criteria.
You can set parameters like bitmap size (e.g., 100×100 pixels), matching level (how similar the duplicate should be to the original), date range, and even location range in meters. You can combine these settings to perform a very targeted scan.
The user experience could be improved as there are some functions that are not very intuitive. Previewing a duplicate photo can be frustrating because they are displayed as small thumbnails with a tiny preview button in the corner. You also can’t swipe through the previews, so you have to open each preview individually.
However, despite these drawbacks, Duplicate Photos Fixer is still a great free app with more advantages than disadvantages.
- Clears both exact duplicates and similar photos
- Allows you to adjust how aggressively the scan identifies duplicates (similar vs. similar enough)
- Offers comprehensive scan settings and customization options
- Automark tool automatically marks all duplicates except one in each group
- One-tap deletion for convenience
- Manages duplicate photos only, no other file types
- Automark tool is helpful for preserving data but requires manual deletion of marked duplicates
- User experience could be improved
Flic is an app for iPhone that helps you manage your photos. Unlike the other apps we’ve mentioned, Flic is a general photo manager. It simplifies the task of organizing your camera roll by using easy gestures. When you go through your photos, you can swipe right to keep a photo or swipe left to delete it.
When you delete photos, you can see in real-time how much memory you’re freeing up. Flic also has a trash folder where you can review multiple deleted photos at once, instead of confirming each deletion individually. The Pro version of Flic offers additional features like a favorites folder and timeline review.
However, Flic wasn’t specifically designed for clearing duplicate photos. So, it doesn’t have specialized tools for setting similarity levels or grouping duplicates. Also, it’s not completely free. With the free version, you can only manage a limited number of photos unless you upgrade.
- Efficient photo management using swipe gestures
- Trash folder for reviewing deleted photos
- User-friendly experience
- Reasonably priced Pro version with cool features like the Favorites folder
- Limited number of photos can be managed with the free version
- Not specialized for efficiently clearing duplicate photos
- $4.99 for Premium upgrade
#6. Remove Master for Camera Roll
Remove Master for Camera Roll is another app that lets you quickly process photos in your library by swiping to delete or keep them. It has a trash folder where you can mark individual photos for permanent deletion or delete everything at once.
Remove Master is a freemium app, which means that you can only delete an unlimited number of photos after purchasing the premium license. The premium license also unlocks additional features like a favorites folder and a navigation tool to view photos by month.
Similar to Flic, Remove Master is a general camera roll manager app, so it’s not specifically designed to handle duplicate photos with great precision. Keep this in mind!
- Swipe gestures to easily keep or delete photos
- Trash folder for reviewing deleted photos before permanently removing them
- Free version limits the number of photos you can delete
- Contains ads
- $4.99 for Premium upgrade
#7. Slidebox – Photo Manager
Slidebox – Photo Manager is an incredibly easy-to-use app for organizing your photos with more control. While it’s not specifically made for removing duplicates, it still simplifies the process with swipe gestures. You can easily undo any action as an extra safety measure.
It’s one of the best apps for organizing albums on the app store. With just one tap, you can save a photo to an album, and any changes you make in Slidebox will directly affect the Photos app and iCloud.
The app has a beautiful interface that matches its user-friendly experience. However, if you’re solely looking for an app to quickly delete duplicate photos, the earlier recommendations on this list would be more suitable.
- Beautiful interface
- Swipe gestures for easy navigation
- Integration with the Photos app and iCloud
- Simple sorting of photos into albums
- Undo feature for reverting actions
- Not specifically designed for removing duplicates
- $4.99 to $49.99 (monthly and annual subscription options available)
#8. Gemini Photos
Gemini Photos is another app for iPhone that helps you remove duplicate photos. Many users love this app because it can quickly scan your iPhone and find unnecessary photos in just a few seconds. It not only detects duplicate and similar photos but also screenshots, notes, and blurry images.
You can try this app for free, and if you like it, there are three pricing options available: you can pay monthly ($2.99), yearly ($11.99), or make a one-time purchase ($14.99).
- Fast scanning process
- Detects duplicates, screenshots, notes, and blurry photos
- Offers different subscription options
- Limited functionality
- Sometimes not accurate in selecting the best duplicate photo
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