It’s essential to have a good cleaner app on your iPhone to stay organized and get rid of junk. Whether it’s contacts, files, or photos and videos that you no longer need, it can get overwhelming to keep up with all the different data on your phone. I know for me, at least, the “Storage Full” warning is one of the most annoying experiences, especially when you’re in the middle of trying to shoot some photos or videos. Fortunately, you can nip the problem in the bud and keep your phone running optimally with these best iPhone cleaner apps.
Criteria for selecting the cleaner apps
There’s no shortage of apps that promise to clean up your storage, photos, videos, files, contacts, etc. But many of them just don’t deliver and end up causing more issues on your device. I know because I went through plenty of them to pick out the ones that actually work and make life easier. I based my selection on two main aspects:
- Effectiveness of the app at cleaning up my iPhone
- The ease with which the cleanup is achieved because nobody has time to keep messing with too many complicated settings.
Here are my top five picks which you should go for:
1. Smart Cleaner
Try this app for a straightforward and effective way to clean up the photos and contacts on your iPhone. When you open it, you have the option of smart cleaning or manual cleaning. Smart cleaning will quickly get rid of duplicate content and screenshots. In contrast, manual cleaning gives you more control over what categories of files you want to delete, whether within photos and videos or contacts.
The interface is easy to understand and guides you toward achieving whatever cleaning task you need to get done. It analyses your phone’s storage to show you what can be deleted and then lets you choose if you want to proceed. Further, it shows you your duplicate and incomplete contacts so that you can take control and organize your list. It’s a breeze to merge, backup, and fast delete contacts.
One notable aspect is that, similar to photo vault apps, it offers you a secret space to securely store private media and contacts that you don’t want to be visible in your contact list. You can even organize photos by place and conveniently get rid of all photos taken in one location.
What I appreciate most is the clean interface in minimalist white and blue colors without any intrusive ads or paywalls. Of course, you need to subscribe to enjoy the full range of features.
You can also perform the Smart Cleaning function via Siri or Shortcuts that adds to the speed and convenience.
Price: Free (Premium starts at $4.99)
2. Boost Cleaner
This is another excellent cleaner app that allows a fast, clean option to clear up your photos or videos and a manual cleaning option that shows you the content that can be cleaned, such as screenshots and duplicates.
It offers features like remove duplicate photos or large videos, merge duplicate contacts, backup contacts. You can perform these actions with just a touch, which adds to your daily convenience and keeps your device free of clutter.
The app also gives you a clear picture of how much storage you have left at any point. It’s a breeze to use and gets the job done effectively. Plus, it boasts two additional options, namely an ad blocker and a network speed test. The ad blocker is handy to get rid of annoyances when browsing on Safari.
Price: Free ($9.99 for Monthly Subscription)
3. Cleaner Pro
This one is a dedicated app to handle duplicate contacts, and it works like a charm. The intuitive interface and clear instructions make it easy for anyone to use it in an instant and organize their contacts.
Why would you need to use this? Well, having the same address book for years, switching devices, and importing contacts from other sources can all cause duplication of contacts or mess up your list. This can get a bit too much to handle, and it’s wise to keep your contacts cleaned up for easy navigation.
For such situations, this handy tool helps you filter your contacts, merge or delete duplicates, and even safely undo any changes you make. If you’re like me and snuggling with thousands of contacts accumulated over the years, this app is a must-try to get things in order. The best part is that it is absolutely free and available in fifteen languages.
4. Slidebox Photo Manager
This is a minimalist app that’s a must for managing and organizing your photos. It shows you all of your unsorted photos, and you can choose the name of the album you want to put them in. Further, you can just swipe up to delete or left to skip it.
You can also view your albums on a separate screen so that it’s easy to move photos into different albums or put one photo into multiple albums simultaneously. It also makes a great alternative to Google Photos if you opt for the in-app purchase to get storage.
If you love taking photos and your gallery is cluttered like mine, this app will be a welcome relief and help you organize your photos in the most effortless way. Try it to believe it and free up tons of space on your phone.
Price: Free ($7.99 for Premium)
5. Gemini Photos: Gallery Cleaner
Here’s a super-smart photo cleaner app that suggests to you which are the best photos to keep. It can detect what you seem to prefer, photos with good focus, faces, smiles, open eyes instead of closed ones, etc. This makes your job easier as you don’t need to examine each picture among a group of similar ones to decide which is most worth keeping.
Further, it helps you manage the clutter of screenshots, exact duplicates, photos of text, etc. Go through every media file you have and use swipe gestures to keep it or delete it. This interface adds to the appeal of using the app and helps you clean up on-the-go.
Moreover, it has an extra feature known as the Photo Radar that prevents a future build-up of media by cleaning on the go. So you’ll never see the “Storage Full” pop-up warning again. Pretty nifty!
Price: Free ($4.99 for Monthly Premium)
Say no to clutter with the best iPhone cleaner apps
I hope these five apps have been as effective at cleaning up your iPhone as they were for me. Did you run into any issues? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to help you out. Or, if you have any other app suggestions, I would love to hear about them too! You might also like to check out the best file manager apps that help you stay organized. Cheers to a clutter-free phone!
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