How to Delete Duplicate Photos and Videos on iPhone

Duplicate photos and videos take up precious space on your iPhone. Since iOS 16, Apple has offered the ability to easily find and delete duplicates in the Photos app; no third-party app is required.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 13, 2022

Duplicate photos and videos take up precious space on your iPhone. Since iOS 16, Apple has offered the ability to easily find and delete duplicates in the Photos app; no third-party app is required. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 16+. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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iOS 16 Required

This feature was released with iOS 16. You can see your current iOS version under:

Settings > General > About > iOS Version

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Your iOS version

If you need to, you can upgrade to iOS 16 by going to

Settings > General > Software Update

Find and Delete Duplicates in Photos

Note! After updating the iOS. It could take anything from a few hours to a few days for the Duplicates album to appear.

First, to find duplicate photos and videos, open the Photos app on your iPhone and tap the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen. See the below image:

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Selecting your Albums

Next, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Utilities section where you will find the Duplicates album. See the following image:

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Selecting Duplications option

Now, tap on Duplicates to see a list of all the duplicate photos and videos found on your iPhone. Refer to the below image:

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Your Duplications total

Next, you will see a preview of each image and the relevant file size. You can review each duplicate entry individually, then tap on Merge to save one of the photos or videos. iOS will automatically keep the higher-quality version.

Now, you will need to confirm that you wish to merge the photos or videos in the pop-up window that opens. See the below image:

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Merge the current Duplicate

Next, if you do not have time to merge each duplicate individually, you can merge everything at once. To do this, tap Select at the top of the screen followed by Select All. Then, tap Merge at the bottom of the screen. See the following image:

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Merge all your Duplicates

Processing Your Photos

You might find that after merging all of your duplicates, more appear as your whole library finishes processing.

Apple states that the detection process requires your iPhone to be locked and connected to power. The size of your library and the tasks running on your device will influence the speed at which the process completes.

If your photos are stored in an iCloud Photo Library, removing duplicates is a good way of freeing up precious iCloud storage.

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