With iOS 16, Apple ushered in a bunch of new features from a new improved lock screen to Always on Display. There were also some underrated features that didn’t grab the headlines but will certainly come in handy in the long run. Removing duplicate images from your photo gallery is one of them. Now you don’t have to rely on third-party apps to do the job. In this article, we show you how to remove duplicate images on your iPhone. (2023)
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Use the native Photos app
The native Photos app on your iPhone is well-equipped to delete any duplicate images and videos. Here’s how you can save storage space by merging duplicate media on your phone.
Step 1: Launch the Photos app and tap on Albums.
Step 2: Tap on ‘Duplicates’ below Utilities. This is where you will find all the duplicate images and videos on your iPhone. You won’t be able to see the Duplicates folder if there are no duplicate images or videos on your phone.
Step 3: Select ‘Merge’ and then confirm your selection.
What does merging do?
The Duplicates folder in your iPhone contains all the similar-looking photos and videos in your gallery. Your iPhone recognises the duplicate images and gives you the option to go through them before the merging process begins. Once you merge the duplicate images and videos together, your phone will look for the highest-quality version of the image by seeking relevant data across all the duplicates. The high-quality version will be preserved in the gallery while the others will be moved to the Recently Deleted album.
Use a third-party app
Before iOS 16, iPhone users had to either manually go through the duplicate images on their phone to delete them or rely on third-party apps to do the job. Some ‘gallery’ apps like Gemini Photos have the added feature to remove duplicates while others like Remo Duplicate Photos Remover are designed specifically to delete redundant images from your phone. Now that iOS 16 has a native duplicate remover tool, third-party apps are the less popular option. If you still want to use them, you will need to give them permission to access the files on your iPhone.
This is how you can remove duplicate images on your iPhone. Sometimes the native tool may do an inadequate job of finding the best shot out of all the duplicates. Maybe you like a picture that isn’t necessarily a perfect shot but contains some detail that you admire. In this scenario, it is better to manually go through all your images and delete the duplicates you don’t like.
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