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How to find and delete duplicate photos on your iPhone

Regain valuable space so you're not forced to upgrade your phone or iCloud subscription.

Published onFebruary 15, 2023

If you’re like us, you don’t like the idea of duplicate photos on an your iPhone, especially if you’re running into storage limits on-device or in iCloud. Thankfully, with iOS 16, Apple’s made it a bit easier to track down duplicates and delete them.


To remove duplicate photos on an iPhone, open the Photos app and go to Albums > Duplicates. Hit Merge next to each duplicate you want to scrub.

How to clean up duplicate photos on your iPhone

As of iOS 16, the process is ridiculously simple. What you’re actually doing is merging content — your iPhone will keep the highest-quality image and delete the lower-quality one, but combine all other associated data. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Photos app and select the Albums tab.
  • Scroll down, and select Duplicates under the Utilities section.
  • Tap the Merge button next to every duplicate you want to fix. This applies to videos as well as photos.

If you’ve accidentally purged something important, you can recover deleted files via Albums > Recently Deleted. You have 30 days before files are deleted permanently.

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