Media files like photos and screenshots take up a lot of storage on the iPhone. Such media files, despite being not too huge in size individually, can add up and occupy a lot of space. Hence storage management is really needed. A lot of storage can be freed just by deleting similar or identical photos from your iOS device.
Thankfully, Apple has made it a lot easier to find and delete duplicate photos on your device with the new iOS 16 update. If you are also willing to know how you can easily and efficiently find and delete duplicate photos on your iPhone, stick around to this guide.
How to manage duplicate photos on iPhone
With iOS 16, Apple has made it quite simple to manage duplicate or identical photos on iOS devices. The Photos app now has a dedicated album that stores all the duplicate images detected automatically by the iOS. The only thing that is lefts is to decide what to do with those duplicate photos. You can do a number of things with them one of which is obviously, deleting them. But apart from this, you can also merge the duplicates’ data. Let’s explore it all in detail.
Viewing, Merging & Deleting the Duplicate Photos
As I have said, there is a dedicated album for all the duplicate photos you have on your device. Hence to view those duplicate images, you just have to go to that album.
Step 1: Open the Photos app on your iOS device.
Step 2: Once the Photos app is launched, make sure that you are on the Albums tab. If you are not already, tap on the Albums tab located at the bottom of the app.
Step 3: On the Albums screen, scroll down to the Utilities section and tap on the Duplicates album.
This will open the Duplicates album where you’ll be able to see all the duplicate photos and videos present on your device. All the duplicates will be categorized by the date along with their size mentioned right on the thumbnails.
Step 4: Here, tap on the Select option located in the top right corner in order to select the duplicate photos and videos.
Step 5: After tapping on Select, you’ll be able to select the photos/videos in different ways.
To select all the duplicates, you simply tap on the Select All option or you select a particular set of duplicates segregated by the dates by tapping on the Select option located next to that set.
You can also select individual duplicate photos as well. For this, simply tap on those photos individually. You’ll see a checkmark sign on all the photos that are selected.
Step 6: Now, once the Photos are selected, you can tap on the Merge option, located at the bottom center of the app screen. There will also be the count of photos mentioned in brackets right next to the Merge option depicting the number of mergeable duplicate photos.
You’ll also get the option to Merge photos right next to each individual set of duplicate photos when there is no image selected.
Tapping on the Merge option will merge the selected duplicates i.e. all the relevant data such as keywords, and captions will get merged into one corresponding photo for each set of duplicates with the highest possible quality. The resulted photos after merging will also get reflected in the favorites and other albums in the Photos app.
Step 7: Tap on the Merge option again on the confirmation pop-up to initiate the merging process.
Step 8: If you are willing to delete the duplicate photos instead of merging them, you can tap on the Delete option. The delete option is located at the bottom right of the app screen in the form of a Bin icon. But make sure to review your photo selection before deleting them as selecting all the duplicates and deleting them will delete not just the unnecessary duplicate ones but the original ones too.
Adjusting the Location and Date & Time
There can be instances where you want to keep the multiple photos that are being identified as duplicates by iOS. In such a case, you can change and configure the location and date & time for those duplicate photos so that the system can differentiate b/w them. To do so:
Step 1: First, select the photo(s) whose properties you want to edit. Configuring the image properties is not limited to just the duplicates. you can do this with any image on any album of your Photos app.
Step 2: After selecting the photos, tap on the three-dot icon located at the bottom right of the Photos screen. This will open a list of options for the selected photos.
Step 3: You’ll see two options there, Adjust Location and Adjust Date & Time.
If you want to edit the location data for the images, select Adjust Location, search for the location in the search bar, and select the location from the results to apply it to the photos
Similarly, to edit the Date & Time option, select the Adjust Date & Time option and then use the pop-up calendar to adjust the two. After setting the new date and time, finally, tap on the Adjust option to apply the changes.
With that said, this is how you can manage and delete duplicate photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad, running the new iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 respectively. The new update has definitely made it extremely easy to efficiently find, merge/delete duplicate photos and videos on your iOS device. It is definitely going to save a lot of unnecessarily lengthy processes of manually finding, selecting, and managing the duplicates that are present on your device.
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