How to Download/Save Images Using Google Image Search

Google’s Image Search results are sometimes so impressive that you want to save some of those images to your device.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
February 2, 2023

Google’s Image Search results are sometimes so impressive that you want to save some of those images to your device. If you have found yourself in this situation, let’s explore how to download those images from your search results.

This is for mobile and desktop devices. Screenshots are from Windows 10 and iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+

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Save Images On Desktop

To download an image on a desktop, you just pick your image, click an option, and your image is saved to your computer.

First, launch your favorite web browser on your computer and open Google Image Search. There, find the image you want to save to your machine. Refer to the below image:

Google Image Search 1
Search Google Images

Next, on the search results page, access the image that you want to download. See the below image:

Google Image Search 2
Find an image

Now, right-click your image, and from the menu that opens, choose to Save image as. See the following image:

Google Image Search 3
Check the option to save your image

Next, your browser will open your computer’s standard Save As window. Here, select a folder to save your image in, type your image name in the File Name field, then click Save. Refer to the below image:

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Save your image

Now, you have successfully downloaded your favorite image from your Image Search results. If you are not sure exactly where the image file went, check your Downloads folder from File Explorer.

If your downloaded file is of low resolution, then try downloading that image directly from the source site. To do that, on the Image Search results page, click the link, beneath the image, and not the image, to be taken to the image site. There, right-click the image and choose Save image as.

Download Images On Mobile

On your mobile phone, you can download images from Google’s Image Search results using Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Mozilla Firefox does not offer the option to save images.

To start, first, open your web browser (we are using Safari) and launch Google Image Search or type into the search box “images.google.com”. Find the image you would like to save to your phone.

Next, on the search results page, tap the image to download. See the below image:

Google Image Search 5
Tap an image you want to download

Now, on your image full-screen page, tap and hold the image. See the following image:

Google Image Search 6
Press and hold your image

Next, on iPhone or iPad, from the menu that opens in Safari, tap Save to Photos. Refer to the below image:

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Select the option to save your image

Your iPhone will download and save the image on your local storage or in our example using Safari, your Photos app. See the below image:

Google Image Search 6
Your saved image
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How to Search Your Photos on iPhone

The simplest way to search your Photos library is to use the Search tab at the top. However, you can also find specific photos and videos by filtering images by app name, camera or device, and even location.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 31, 2023

Summary: The simplest way to search your Photos library is to use the Search tab at the top. However, you can also find specific photos and videos by filtering images by app name, camera or device, and even location. Using iPhone’s Live Text feature, you can also search for text within images.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+

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Finding that favorite photo you took can be frustrating when you have thousands to sift through. Fortunately, there are plenty of useful tips for searching and filtering your media, including photos, videos, imports, and more. Let’s discover some of these tips.

Find Specific People and Objects

Using the Search tab, you can search for people, animals, and objects in the Photos app. The Search function works well for finding animals like cats and dogs, objects like cars and boats, clothing like hats and sunglasses, or natural features like rivers and mountains.

First, launch Photos and select Search from the Toolbar at the bottom. Then type your criteria into the Search bar. Refer to the below image:

Photos 1
Search for flowers

Next, you can get as descriptive as you like. For example, you can look for food items like steak or rooms in your house like the bedroom. Start typing “at the concert” and see what you find.

Now, for the search to work with people, you will need to link their likeness to a contact. Tap on the Albums tab. Scroll down to People and Places and tap on the selection of faces that Photos have generated. See the below image:

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Search for faces

Next, you can tap on individual people, then tap Add Name at the top to link the likeness to a contact. See the following image:

Photos 3
Add a person’s name

Now, tap Next in the upper right-hand corner to see the tagged person, then click Done in the upper right-hand corner. Refer to the below image:

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The person’s name has been added

Next, to train Photos to recognize people better, click each photo and look for the Review button. You can then confirm or deny likenesses. You may find some people have multiple entries due to changes in appearance, like a new haircut. Just tag them with the same name. See the below image:

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Review your photos

Now, return to your Albums tab and tap on People. Here, you will see your tagged entries. See the following image:

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Your named people’s photos

Find Text and Captions

Next, thanks to the iPhone’s Live Text feature, you can search for text within images. For example, you can search for words on a page, titles of books, road signs, or notices. You may even be able to pick up handwriting if it’s legible enough for the iPhone to recognize. Refer to the below image:

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Find text in your photos

Now, you can give yourself a chance at finding something specific later by attaching a caption to it. To do so, find the photo in your library, then swipe up to reveal more information about it. Then tap the Add a Caption field and type your description.

Find Old Objects

Your iPhone can surface images from this time last year, three years ago, or even ten years ago if your media files go back that far. These sometimes appear on the For You tab or as Memories Notifications, but you can also search for them manually.

Next, the key is to type the phrase exactly to see the relevant entry. For example, you can type Three Years Ago and then tap on the event that shows up. Also, you can do this for Last Month or Last Week. Head to the Albums tab and tap on Search at the bottom of the Toolbar. See the below image:

Photos 8
Find photos from last month

Now, you can even filter by images taken in a particular month and year by searching for it, like July 2022. Also, you could search by scrolling down to the date range in your Library tab and selecting a date, but doing the above is much quicker. See the following image:

Photos 9
Find photos with a specific date

Find Hidden or Deleted

Next, in iOS 16, the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums are protected by Face ID or Touch ID. You can still find them in the usual place on the Albums tab by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and tapping on the Hidden or Recently Deleted album label in the Utility section.

Note: Recently Deleted photos will be removed after 30 days.

Refer to the below image:

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Find Hidden or Recently Deleted photos

Find Duplicates and Delete Them

Now, the Photos app can also find and merge duplicate photos and videos to save space. Scroll to the bottom of your Albums tab and tap Duplicates in the Utility section to see a list of duplicate photos or videos. See the below image:

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Find Duplicate photos

Next, you can review each entry and then tap Merge. Your iPhone will then keep the highest quality version of any duplicates. See the following image:

Photos 12
Merge Duplicate photos

You can also merge all of your duplicates at once by tapping:

Select > Select All > Merge (###)

Where “###” is the number of duplicates you are going to merge shown at the bottom of your screen. Refer to the below image:

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Merge all Duplicate photos

The iPhone Photos app is both useful and powerful. These tips are just some of what you can do.

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How to Quiet Notifications on iPhone

Do you feel bombarded by iPhone notifications? If so, there’s a way to silence all of your notifications. Or, you can pick and choose the notifications you want to see and those you want to ignore.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 24, 2023

Do you feel bombarded by iPhone notifications? If so, there’s a way to silence all of your notifications. Or, you can pick and choose the notifications you want to see and those you want to ignore. Let’s examine how to gain control over your notifications.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+

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Using Do Not Disturb Mode

The easiest way to silence your notifications is to turn on Do Not Disturb mode from the Control Center. Swipe down from the very top-right of your screen. Then, select:

Focus > Do Not Disturb

Refer to the below image:

Focus 1

Accessing the Do Not Disturb button

Using Focus

If you want to schedule Do Not Disturb mode for a specific time, you can use Focus too.

First, launch the Settings app on your iPhone. In Settings, tap:

Focus > Do Not Disturb

See the below image:

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Accessing the Do Not Disturb option from Focus

Next, you can set which notifications you allow (if any) and choose a custom Home or Lock screen to use in Do Not Disturb mode. See the following image:

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Choosing Lock or Home screen

Now, under Set a Schedule, tap Add Schedule to set when you would like to enable Do Not Disturb mode. Refer to the below image:

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About to Set a Schedule

Next, you have three options for setting a schedule. see the below image:

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Set a Schedule via three options

Next, you can set a Time, Location, and App to silence notifications. See the following image:

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Your three options

Quiet App-Specific

If you want to disable notifications for a specific app, you can manage the notification settings for each app on your iPhone.

First, open Settings on your device. Then, tap Notifications. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Notifications

Next, on the Notifications page, in the Notification Style section, tap the app for which you want to disable notifications. See the below image where we are choosing the ActiveArmor app:

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Selecting an App

Now, on the app page, at the top, toggle OFF the Allow Notifications option. See the following image:

Focus 8
Toggle Notifications to OFF

Next, a screen will open showing the Allow Notifications option is OFF. Refer to the below image:

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Notifications are OFF for the App

Now, tap the Back icon and notice that notifications for ActiveArmor are OFF. See the below image:

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Showing Notifications is OFF for the App

Your iPhone will not send you notifications from your chosen app.

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You Can Have 500 Safari Tabs Open on iPhone

Among the things that can slow your iPhone down, a big pile of tabs in Safari is not one of them.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 17, 2023

Among the things that can slow your iPhone down, a big pile of tabs in Safari is not one of them.

Safari tabs simply do not slow the iPhone down. In fact, you can have 500 tabs open, and it has zero performance impact. And 500 more if you make a new group. And 500 more if you use private browsing. And 500 more if you make another group. Whether we had 50 tabs or 5,000 tabs in Safari for iPhone, there was simply no difference in performance.

This is for devices using Safari. Screenshots are from iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+

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If you dislike the clutter and it feels like your mental burden is lighter if the tabs in your phone’s browser are wiped away, by all means, feel free to tidy up.

Your iPhone automatically manages Safari tabs, and the number of tabs has no impact on the performance of the phone. Open tabs cannot do work or use resources in the background.

There are, in fact, things that can slow down your phone. A really old and worn battery can make a phone feel sluggish. Updating an older phone to a current release of iOS can really show you how old the hardware has become. Stuffing your phone’s storage full of unused apps and undeleted blurry photos will do the trick, too.

View Number open Tabs

To see how many Safari tabs you have open, first, launch Safari and tap the double rectangle icon on the lower right-hand corner of your screen. Next, at the bottom, you will see your number of open tabs. Refer to the below image:

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Your number of open Safari tabs

Close All Open Tabs

It’s easy to close all tabs at once in Safari on an iPhone or iPad. First, launch the browser, then tap and hold the View Tabs button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Next, choose the Close All Tabs option to nuke your browsing session entirely. This works for the current session, so if you are in a Private browsing session then this will close all open private tabs. See the below image:

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Selecting to close all open Safari tabs

Reopen a Closed Tab

You can also get back any tabs you have recently closed. First, launch Safari, then tap tap the double rectangle icon on the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

Next, long-press the plus “+” (New Tab) button. Now, select a tab to reopen. The recently closed tab will be launched in the new tab. See the following image:

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Launching a recently closed Safari tab

These tabs are limited only to tabs you have closed on the device you are using, rather than another device (like a Mac).

Reopen From History

Using History, you can also get back any tabs you have recently closed. First, launch Safari, then tap the Book icon on the lower part of your screen.

Next, tap the History icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. Now, select a tab to reopen. The selected closed tab will be launched in the new tab. Refer to the below image:

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Launching a Safari tab from History

These tabs are limited only to tabs you have closed on the device you are using, rather than another device (like a Mac).

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Using Focus on the iPhone

The iPhone is generally considered a “simple” smartphone to use, but it has become packed with features over the years. “Focus” is one feature that is particularly jam-packed with powerful tools.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 12, 2023

The iPhone is generally considered a “simple” smartphone to use, but it has become packed with features over the years. “Focus” is one feature that is particularly jam-packed with powerful tools. Let’s take a look at this feature.

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What is Focus

Focus Mode, actually called just “Focus” on the iPhone, is essentially Do Not Disturb for specific situations. Rather than having a one-size-fits-all Do Not Disturb mode, Apple made it possible to create a bunch of specialized modes.

The long-standing Do Not Disturb mode is still present, by the way, but Focus makes it more useful. While you may have only used Do Not Disturb while you sleep, now it can be customized for a bunch of different situations.

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Do Not Disturb

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Do Not Disturb Notifications

Distractions management is still a core part of Focus, but it goes far beyond traditional Do Not Disturb. Each Focus Mode you create can be customized with which people and apps you want to allow to send notifications. Maybe you do not care about getting a text from your friend in the middle of your workout, but you might not want that distraction while studying.

The cool thing about Focus is it can go beyond just simply allowing certain people and apps to send notifications. It can actually filter out conversations from the Messages apps, hide calendars in the Calendar app, and limit you to specific Tab Groups in Safari.

That’s part of the reason why Focus is so useful. With other Do Not Disturb modes, you may be able to block notifications, but all the distractions are still on your phone if you look. Focus not only can block notifications, but it can also block the actual distraction too.

Different iPhones For Different Situations

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Enabling Focus

Another big part of Focus is customizable screens. You can actually create a specific Lock screen and Home screen setup to use in different Focus modes. It’s like having a different iPhone for each situation.

Let’s say you have a Focus Mode you use while you are at work. You can create a Lock screen with Widgets that pertain to your job and set up a Home screen with the apps you use throughout the workday. You could also create a “Weekend” mode for unwinding with a plain Lock screen and a single Home screen page with only essential apps.

It’s essentially like switching between user profiles. Set up the Focus mode once, then it’s simply a matter of tapping a toggle and you are looking at a whole new phone.

So Much to Discover

If you have not noticed, a lot is going on with Focus. Apple has really fleshed out this feature into a powerful tool, but it does require some poking around to get the most out of it.

For example, you can set up an “Auto Reply” message to text messages when you are in Focus Mode. You can share your “Focus state” across devices, to let people know you are not ignoring them. Focus modes can be scheduled to come on automatically by time, location, or when opening specific apps.

Focus is packed with cool and useful options, and if you have not taken the time to dive in, you owe it to yourself to take a look. You can really make your iPhone more enjoyable to use by setting up a few Focus modes.

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Explore the World of Radio Stations

While radio is not particularly hard to access; you just need a device capable of tuning into radio frequencies; listening to the radio outside of your area can be difficult. This app, however, lets you listen to any radio station in any country worldwide, complete with a colorful interface.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 10,2023

While radio is not particularly hard to access; you just need a device capable of tuning into radio frequencies. Listening to the radio outside of your area can be difficult. This app, however, lets you listen to any radio station in any country worldwide, complete with a colorful interface. Let’s check this out.

This is for computers and mobiles running a web browser. Screenshots are from Windows 10 PC

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Radio Garden is available as a web version, and it also has mobile apps for Android and iOS. Its whole premise is that you can listen to several radio stations in many different countries and cities. You will see a bunch of small green dots all across the globe, and those are radio stations that you can tune into immediately. You do not need a login or any kind of subscription. All you need is a device that can access the internet, like your computer or smartphone. Refer to the below image:

Radio 1
South Carolina

You can zoom in or out, move the round circle to any part of the world, or tap a green dot to listen to a station. Check out the Settings menu for options. We suggest you ignore the ads, they take you where you may not want to go; just close them. You can purchase the app for $2.99 (under Settings) to remove the virtual ads.

Some examples of Radio Garden stations:

Radio 2
Brazil
Radio 3
Ukraine
Radio 4
North Korea

It’s a lot of fun to play around with the app and learn something new.

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Checkout James Webb Telescope Photo Gallery

NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope (JWT) in December 2021, giving scientists a fresh look at the universe and giving the rest of us some cool wallpapers.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 20, 2022

NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope (JWT) in December 2021, giving scientists a fresh look at the universe and giving the rest of us some cool wallpapers. There’s an easy way to check out the latest images and save them for your device’s wallpaper. Let’s explore how.

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Processed images from JWT have been published on Twitter, the telescope’s official website (this is a really cool site), and other locations, but there’s another portal you may not have seen. NASA operates a Flickr site for the telescope, which contains images of engineering tests, control centers, and best of all, space pictures. To see all the photos, you need to signup for Flickr in the top right-hand corner. Refer to the below image for an example of their gallery:

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Deep Space – Pillars of Creation – Emerging Galaxies

You can browse through the whole collection in your browser, and saving the full-resolution version of an image is as easy as clicking the Download button (the arrow pointing down). If you have a Flickr account, you can also follow the account to see new pictures. After creating your Flickr account, in the Search box (located in the upper right-hand corner), type in James Web Telescope to view the images.

The first few photos from JWT were already excellent wallpapers, but the Flickr gallery is being updated with the latest images. There are the Pillars of Creationtwo galaxies mergingJupiter in infrared, and the fiery hourglass.

In the 32-year run (and counting) of the Hubble Space Telescope is any indication, the JWT should continue giving us fantastic images for years to come.

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What’s the Difference Between Google Wallet and Pay

Google has confusing named products, and that might be most apparent with Google Wallet and Google Pay. These two apps have taken a convoluted path to get where they are today. So, which one should you be using?

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 15, 2022

Google has confusing named products, and that might be most apparent with Google Wallet and Google Pay. These two apps have taken a convoluted path to get where they are today. So, which one should you be using?

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Both Google Wallet and Pay have seen some pretty drastic revamps over the years. Their purposes have changed a lot and confused many people in the process. Let’s see what these products have to offer.

Some History

You may be surprised to learn that the original version of Google Wallet was introduced way back in 2011. The service was primarily for sending money to people and there was a physical Google Wallet credit card as well.

The Google Wallet card allowed people to pay for things in physical and online stores with the funds in their accounts. This was before mobile payments with tap-to-pay were widely supported. The Wallet card was a very clever solution.

Eventually, tap-to-pay gained enough traction that Google launched Android Pay in 2015. It maintained Google Wallet and Android Pay separately until 2018 when the two were combined into a single service called Google Pay. The Wallet card was discontinued in 2016.

Then, in 2020, Google Pay got a massive overhaul with a bunch of new features. All of Google’s mobile payment services were under one umbrella… for a while. In the summer of 2022, the service was split in two, with the Google Wallet branding making a return.

That’s where things stand as of September 2022. Google Pay and Google Wallet exist as two separate products; sometimes. More on that later.

Google Wallet

Google Wallet can most easily be summed up by its name; it’s a digital wallet. You can add credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, transportation passes, event tickets, vaccine cards, and gift cards.

Basically, Google Wallet is for paying for things online and in physical stores with tap-to-pay. It features a very simple interface that shows your cards, tickets, and passes. Google Wallet is only available for Android since the iPhone does not allow non-Apple apps for tap-to-pay.

Google Wallet can generally be used with any card reader that has an Apple Wallet, Google Pay, or the contactless tap-to-pay icon. For online purchases, look for the Google Pay or Google Wallet buttons at checkout. It will take some time for the Wallet branding to replace Google Pay. Refer to the below image:

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Google Wallet

Google Pay

Google Pay received a massive overhaul in 2020, and it’s pretty much the same experience now. The tap-to-pay functionality is still present in Google Pay, but that’s not the only thing it can do.

The Google Pay app has peer-to-peer payments, shopping deals, cashback offers, and a full-blown banking experience with personal finance insights. You can think of Pay as a combination of services similar to Venmo, PayPal, RetailMeNot, and Mint.

Unlike Google Wallet, Google Pay is available on both Android and iPhone. The tap-to-pay functionality does not work on the iPhone, but the other features do. It’s a feature-packed app that tries to do a lot of things. In fact, it might be too much for some people, which is why Google Wallet exists. See the below image:

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Google Pay

Which App to Use?

Depending on where you live, you may not even need to decide which app to use. Google Pay and Google Wallet only exist side-by-side in the U.S. and Singapore. In every other country, Google Wallet entirely replaced Google Pay, and India does not have Wallet at all (as of September 2022).

Google Pay can do everything Google Wallet can do, but Google Wallet can not do everything Google Pay can do. If you are in a country that has both, you can choose between the full experience (Pay) or just mobile payments (Wallet). There’s no reason to have both.

Use Google Pay if you want peer-to-peer payments, deals, rewards, or personal finance tools. If you only care about mobile payments, Google Wallet is a much more streamlined experience for that. The choice is even simpler for iPhone users; Google Pay is the only option.

In closing, Google Wallet is for mobile payments, Google Pay is for mobile payments, and more. In the author’s opinion, it’s still too complicated.

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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.

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

Refer to the below image:

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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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Four Ways to Improve Notifications on iPhone

Notifications are a blessing and a curse. They can be great in a lot of situations, but you probably ignore most of them.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 6, 2022

Notifications are a blessing and a curse. They can be great in a lot of situations, but you probably ignore most of them. There are several things we can do to make Notifications on your iPhone work a little better.

Unfortunately, the notification situation on the iPhone is a bit messy. There are a lot of settings and options, but Apple does not explain a lot of them well. Let’s explore some things to get the best notification experience.

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

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Stop From Turning on the Screen

By default, iPhone notifications always turn on the screen. Not only can this be annoying, but it also drains the battery faster if you get a lot of them.

Each app has three different types of alerts it can do; Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banners. Simply turning off the Lock Screen option will prevent notifications from turning on the screen. First, head to:

Settings > Notifications

and scroll down and find an app, then tap on the app. Under the Alerts section, uncheck the Lock Screen option. Refer to the below image:

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Disabling the Lock Screen option

Delivery Quietly

Notifications do not have to be loud and annoying. You have the option to make them appear Quietly. This can be done directly from the notification, as shown above, or from Settings.

When a notification is delivered quietly, it basically just appears on your device without any fanfare. You will still see it in the Notification Center and Home screen badge, but not on the Lock screen, and it will not vibrate or make a sound.

First, head to:

Settings > Notifications

and scroll down and find an app, then tap on the app. Under the Alerts section, check the Notification Center option. See the below image:

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Enabling Deliver Quietly option

Group/Ungroup

Notifications from the same app can be grouped together. They appear as a bundle on the Lock screen and Notification Center. This is enabled by default, but it can be tweaked for any app.

Each app has three different options for Notification Grouping, Automatic is the default.

  • Automatic: The Notifications from the app are intelligently grouped by threads, topics, and other criteria.
  • By App: All the Notifications from the app are grouped together.
  • OffNotifications are not grouped at all.

Just tap on Notification Grouping to see the options See the following image:

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Selecting Group or Ungroup option

Using Focus

One of the iPhone’s most powerful notification features is called Focus. It’s essentially a way to make personalized Do Not Disturb modes for specific situations. First, head to:

Settings > Focus

and select one or create your own. Refer to the below image:

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Setup Focus

iPhone notifications can be great and they can be awful. It’s up to you to customize the experience to your liking. If your iPhone is becoming too much of a distraction and frustration, try the above tips.

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