TOO many photos and videos on your iPhone can cost you as may need an iCloud account to keep up with it all.
But some iPhone owners can avoid the added expense altogether with a simple storage hack.
You can clean up duplicate photos quickly – saving space on your iPhone[/caption]
Clearing up wasted storage could spare you having to upgrade to higher cloud plans or newer iPhone models.
In any case, it’s always good to check your iPhone for storage blunders.
One very useful tool is in the Apple Photos app and it removes duplicate images.
This automatically detects photos you have more than one of and lets you remove them instantly.
It’s very likely that you’ve got a bunch of duplicate images in your camera roll.
But manually tracking them down would take forever, so let your iPhone do the hard work for you.
To find them, first open the Apple Photos app.
Then go to Albums at the bottom, and then scroll down until you see Duplicates at the bottom.
This is a special folder that lets you review all duplicate media.
You can review each one and tap Merge to clear any duplicate images or videos.
It’s also possible to bulk-merge by tapping Select at the top, then Select All, and then Merge.
To do this trick you’ll need to at least have iOS 16 installed.
If you’ve not got iOS 16, you won’t be able to access this feature.
If you can upgrade to iOS 16 then you’re fine, but anyone with a very old iPhone model will miss out.
Here’s a list of all the iOS 16 supported devices:
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
Not being able to get the latest iOS means you’ll lose access to the most up-to-date security fixes.
These are vital patches that close holes used by hackers to access your systems.
So using a very old iPhone that can’t be updated could put you at risk.
If you can’t update to iOS 16, consider upgrading your iPhone sooner rather than later.
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