Smartphones cameras are getting better and better — just look at what the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS can do — so your phone can capture 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 14 of our favorite photo management apps for Android and iOS phones. (Image Credit: Nito/Shutterstock)
Google Photos (Android, iOS) is the new stock Android photo manager — and it's available on iOS, too — and it deserves mention for a 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) still offers a good deal in the online photo storage business, but that's about to change. Previously offering users 1 terabyte of free cloud storage, the photo management app will slash that to a limit of 1,000 photos stored online for free. At the same time, Flickr is boosting the features offered to its Pro subscribers, such as unlimited storage at full resolution, and support for videos at up to 10 minutes in length. Flickr includes automatic uploading, as well as smart search features. That means that organization isn't as dependent on users manually tagging each photo. The default Camera Roll groups your photos by date, and social features let you 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.
Previously exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers, Amazon's cloud photo storage service has since opened up to everyone as Amazon Photos (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, while free users get a combined limit of 5GB for photos and videos. 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 five family members, as well as a new shared Family Vault.
Slidebox (Android, iOS) takes a Tinder-like approach to sorting through your photo reel, with a quick, swipe-driven interface for sifting through your locally-stored 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. The iOS version also offers a subscription-based cloud backup option for up to 10,000 images at $4.99 per month. Otherwise, Slidebox is a compact tool that's all about getting your photos right into the albums you want them in.
Zyl (Android, iOS), formerly known as Comet, leverages AI to try to help you save space and keep your photos organized. Upon installation, Zyl looks through your local photos, identifying possible duplicates and recommending which ones to keep and which ones to send to the trash bin. Once that's done, the app recommends creating albums based on image metadata. In addition, users can create collaborative albums to share with other people, and that other users can add to. Zyl also keeps your privacy and security in mind, with all of its features run locally on your phone — no data or images are saved online (unless you create shared albums with other people).
If limited storage space on your phone is a concern, you could always turn to the cloud. Shoebox (Android, iOS) is a cloud-based photo storage service that provides unlimited cloud storage for your photographs, allowing you to upload high quality photos from your phone or your Facebook account. The uploads are then accessible on your phone, tablet or computer. Users can view images through the cloud, create and share albums, and automatically back up new photos, as well as upload videos. The free tier limits the resolution of photos stored, while a $5-per-month premium plan allows you to back up photos at original resolution and store up to 10 hours of video online.