Smartphones are always adding advanced camera features, making them ideal for everything from snapshots to family photos and selfies. As we take more and more photos on our mobile devices, the need for good photo management apps grows. While the stock photos apps on your iPhone or Android device provide some neat built-in features, they don't tick every box. Good photo management apps can make sorting and cleaning up your snapshots a simple task, with built-in organization tools, photo editors, social sharing features and cloud storage. Check out 15 of our favorite photo management apps for Android and iOS devices.
Google Photos (Android, iOS) is the new stock Android photo manager — and it's available on iOS, too — and it deserves mention for its ton of great features. Google Photos boasts unlimited cloud storage space and cross-device syncing for your photos (with minimal compression), as well as the option to store original quality photos in your Drive space. The app can be set to automatically back up and sync your photos so that your snaps are always safe, and the app displays it all by date. A smart Assistant feature can help you set up albums, collages, grouped photo stories and animated photos. There's even a powerful "visual search" feature that works even on untagged, unlabeled photos. Google is continually refining the mix with additions like new editing tools and refinements to the Assistant.
Flickr (Android, iOS) is an old name in the photo storage business that's been revitalized on mobile. Flickr offers users 1TB of free cloud storage to manage and organize their mobile photos — that's an incredibly generous amount of space for cloud-based photo albums. Flickr includes automatic uploading, as well as smart search features. That means that organization isn't as dependent on users manually tagging each and every snapshot. The default Camera Roll view automatically groups your photos by date, and social features let you easily share your photos as well as keep track of images shared by your friends and other users.
Facebook's Moments photo sharing app (Android, iOS) focuses less on storage and management than it does on sharing photos of your favorite memories and events with friends and family, as well as receiving photos of said moments from other people. Moments groups your photos together based on when they were taken, and uses facial recognition tech to tell which of your friends are in them. You can then sync and share these grouped photos to your friends and family, and they can choose to sync their photos to add to that moment, quickly creating a shared album. The app includes search tools to find yourself and friends, supports full resolution photos and provides free unlimited storage to its users.
Not to be outdone in the cloud photos field, Amazon also provides its Prime subscribers with a great cloud photo manager in the Prime Photos app (Android, iOS). Prime Photos provides Prime subscribers with unlimited cloud storage of their original resolution photos, as well as 5GB for video and document storage. The app automatically syncs so your photos can be accessed from any device with a connection, and the app includes a wealth of organizational features and AI-assisted search. Amazon recently updated Prime Photos with enhanced family sharing features, allowing you to share your unlimited photo storage with up to 5 family members, as well as a new shared Family Vault. Note that you'll need a $99-a-year Amazon Prime subscription to use this app.
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Slidebox (Android, iOS) takes a Tinder-like approach to sorting through your photo reel, with a really quick, swipe-driven interface for sifting through your locally-stored vacation photos, screenshots and other assorted images. When you enter the app, all of your unsorted photos are presented to you in a queue. Swiping left or right moves through your queue, swiping up tosses a photo into a trash bin, and tapping on a series of labels at the bottom of the screen allows you to save photos into albums or create new ones. In addition, there are tools for comparing similar photos and sharing entire albums over email or text. Otherwise, Slidebox is a compact, feature-light tool that's all about getting your photos right into the albums you want them in.
Focus is an elegant and easy to use Android gallery alternative that combines a timeline-like main page view with a tag-driven image sorting method. You can choose from a series of pre-set tags or create your own, applying as many as you want to a single photo. You can sort through your tasks by swiping vertically on the main page, while swiping horizontally to view thumbnails in each tag, making it easy to quickly view your collection contents. In addition, the app comes with very basic image editing and a photo vault for protecting access to your photos. While the app is free, custom tag creation, a night theme and other advanced features have to be unlocked with an in-app purchase.
Tidy (Android, iOS) combines nimble auto-sorting filters as well as gesture controls to quickly sort your mobile photos into convenient albums. Users can group photos by time, location or file path, quickly sorting the majority of your photos into convenient location- or event-based albums. Unsorted photos are helpfully sent to an "Untidy" bin. From there, users can select individual photos and then swipe left to archive them, or swipe right to send them to an album (or create a new one), making mobile photo organization a snap.