This smart app removes every ounce of photo-clutter from your handset or tablet
Price: Free (Subscription required)
Size: 84.5 MB
Seller: MacPaw Inc.
Platform: iPhone / iPad
Our iPhones are, for most of us, our go-to cameras, yet this convenience means it’s easier than ever to end up with a bloated collection of digital pics. Apple’s own app doesn’t allow users to quickly clean up space in their Photos library (… yet), but Gemini Photos does. If you want to take back control of your iOS Photos library, this may be the app for you.
Gemini is able to identify with precision which photos should be pruned from the Photos app, and which should remain. It scans your library at a speedy rate (in our testing it crunched 16,000 images in around five minutes) and presents you with photo-clutter in real-time.
The app is smart. While Gemini does a stellar job of finding similar-looking photos (which have been shot either as bursts, or of the same subject, one after the other), it can also pick out screenshots, “notes” (pictures of text), and blurred images. If the kind of person who shoots pictures first and asks questions later, Gemini could save a lot of space on your iPhone.
After the initial scan in the app, users have the option of going through and manually removing the pictures it thinks you should get rid of. Repeat: Gemini does not automatically remove photos without asking; instead, it shows you what it’s found, and leaves the cut-throat matter of deleting the clutter down to users. Don’t forget that anything you accidentally delete can be recovered from the Recently Deleted folder.
Gemini also makes it easy to review your pictures by incorporating gestures within the pruning process. In a Tinder-inspired move, the app allows users to swipe up to keep a photo, and down to delete. This takes much of the repetitive boredom out of photo management, and regular pruning will also mean that Gemini’s library scans are needed less often.
The bottom line, then, is that Gemini Photos is the perfect app for taking control of your Photos library. But it does, understandably, come at a price. A one-time purchase of $14.99 allows you to use the app indefinitely; subscriptions of $2.99 per month, or $11.99 per year, are also available. Best of all, users can try the app for free for three days to ensure that they like what’s on offer before having to shell out – so you can perform a big one-time clean up without spending a dime.
If your Photos app is bursting at the seams, Gemini Photos is a no-brainer.
- Speedily scans through your library
- Comprehensive approach to identifying photo clutter
- Lets users try the app before subscribing
- Not much!