Quick Pic Tip: How to quickly clean up your photo library

As fun as it is to take more than five pictures of each cute animal, life event, or meal, your phone has a limit. For every nice shot, you’re probably saving a lot of junk.

Do you get the message “memory full”? It’s annoying.

On an iPhone, do this one thing to reclaim storage space in no time.

A total makeover of your photo collection is a big project, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll clean up my photo library in no time! Tap or click the steps I use to clean up my digital photo library.

An attendee holds a new Apple iPhone 14 Pro during an Apple special event in September.  February 7, 2022 in Cupertino, California.

An attendee holds a new Apple iPhone 14 Pro during an Apple special event in September. February 7, 2022 in Cupertino, California.
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Easily remove duplicates on your iPhone

Apple has added a valuable tool for iOS 16. Your iPhone now has a “Duplicate Photos” folder where you can merge anything that is duplicated. It’s that easy to use. Here’s how:

  • open that Photos app and select albums.
  • Scroll down and select duplicates. It’s under Utilities.
  • You can either select all by pressing Choose > Choose All > merge or select individual photos and tap merge.
  • Confirm your choice and reclaim some storage space.

Tip in tip: Memory still low? Here’s how to see what’s taking up space on your phone. Delete any apps you don’t use. They take up more space than you think.

Clean up your photo folder on Android

Android phones have a trick to freeing up space that you might not know. It only takes a few clicks.

Instead of manually finding and deleting everything you don’t need, open the Files by Google app and then select To clean. If you don’t have it, go to Google Play Store and download it for free.

In this photo illustration an Android logo seen on a smartphone screen in Athens, Greece on April 16, 2022.

In this photo illustration an Android logo seen on a smartphone screen in Athens, Greece on April 16, 2022.
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Loss Confirm and release > See junk files and choose what you want to delete. When you’re done, tap Clear > Clear.

That’s all you need to remove screenshots, memes, duplicates and other junk hiding between the important photos.

Tip in tip: Stop scrolling forever to find the image you want. You can browse your photo gallery. Here’s how – and some tricks to finding what you want.

Accelerate your smartphone

By deleting files, pictures and apps from your smartphone, it runs faster and smoother. It improves the performance of your battery and extends its lifespan. Tap or click here for seven easy ways to speed up your phone.

Clean the cookies while you tidy up your phone. These tiny files slow down your phone and help companies track your online activities. It’s worth doing this every now and then. Tap or click here for full steps to complete the task.

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