Gallery Doctor - Phone Cleaner highlights bad photos on Android

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 15, 2015
Apps, Google Android

Gallery Doctor - Phone Cleaner is a free application for Android device that promises to go through your digital photo collection on the device to separate good from bad free up space in the process

I guess it is fair to say that most smartphone users use their phones to take photos. It does not really matter if the default camera is used or if an app like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or QuickPic are being used.

Not every snapshot is a master piece and if you go through your gallery manually you may find some or lots of photos there that are bad. These photos may be blurry or too dark, you may see your thumb on them or they may show the inside of your pockets for example.

The idea behind Gallery Doctor - Phone Cleaner is to list all these bad photos so that you can remove them from the device after verifying that they are indeed bad or not wanted.

The app goes through all photos on the device on start. Since it analyzes each photo individually it may take some time before results are displayed. It took more than five minutes on a Moto G 1st generation device with 1089 photos stored on it.

Photos are rated automatically in the process with bad, similar and photos for review making up the three groups that the app wants you to look at.

You can tap on any group to review photos of that group or on the review and clean button which lets you do so for all three groups at once.

If you are in a hurry, it may make sense to go through the bad and similar photo groups only to remove most or even all photos from the device.

Photos rated as bad by the app are too dark or blurry or of poor quality. Similar images on the other hand refers to multiple versions of the same scenery or object.

Most bad photos on the test device were black with some screenshots of apps thrown into the mix. A "best photo" of a group of similar photos is always shown which may help you in the removal process.

The app marks all other photos of a group automatically so that you can remove all of them with a single tap.

Probably the most interesting group is the review and clean group. Here you need to make decisions for photos individually to keep them or not. The app uses machine learning to get better in identifying photos that you don't want to keep and those that you want to keep based on your selection in the process.

Bad files identified by the app were indeed bad but it did miss a couple that I'd consider bad as well. I had a couple of blurry and too dark photos for instance which it did not identify as bad nor as review worthy.

The main question is if you need an app like Gallery Doctor to assist in removing bad and similar photos from your Android device. It is certainly helpful in this regard even though I'm not convinced that it is necessarily faster than going through the image collection manually if you add the initial scan time the app needs to assess all images on the device.

If you like the assistance that the app provides and take photos regularly, then it may be useful to you. If you go through each photo individually anyway, then it may not except for the fact that it may speed up the review process for pictures in the bad and similar photo group (via Caschy).

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  1. Steven Abeyta said on February 15, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    This is a must have app. I agree. More android app reviews. I trust your word and only check your website for all my technology news. If it wasn’t for you i’d be in the dark about a lot of technology, software, internet, apps, etc.So thank you, Martin. Still going strong!

    1. Karl Gephart said on February 16, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Here., here, Martin! :)

  2. LegoActionFigure said on February 15, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I used to think the market was 30/30/30/10 when it came to Smart phones… Android 30%, iPhone 30%, Blackberry 30%, and others 10% and since Blackberry sent me a brand new but defective phone when I ordered directly from them, I took a few points off their scale. My next step was give Android a try and I love it.. Love how I can customize everything. Love how stuff can be copied and moved between applications. Love how I can open multiple APP’s and like a desktop flip between each as needed. Other family members all bought iPhone’s… I tinkered with them and developed a hate for them. ‘What do you mean I can’t do that’… ‘Are you kidding me’…. ‘It’s so restrictive’… ‘It doesn’t do what I want it to do’.

    If people are smart and willing to customize things themselves, they go with Android, if they like being told what to do and where to go, and when to do it… then they deserve iCrap products. Sadly while riding transit I look around to all the folk engaged on their Smart devices and the amount of iCrap to Android ratio is 10:1 and the more people give power to a company to dictate their lives, the more of this crap we’ll keep seeing. So currently I’m optimistic the market is 49% Android, and 49% iPhone, and 2% Other. But truthfully I’d have to say it is closer to 40/59/1.

    So though I hate companies and APP’s who do the thinking for us claiming to simplify our lives, and I do not wish to live my life dictated by some corporation – there is a certain amount of versatility and freedom enjoyed by having some APP’s think for us. I don’t mind programs to optimize other programs, but what I do mind are programs that dictate how I should live my life and that is why I hate iPhone and iCrap products. Their supporters are sheep, Lemmings who would willingly jump off a cliff because the company told them to. No thanks.

  3. Karl Gephart said on February 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    It’s good to see Android reviews, Martin – more, more! LOL! :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Well I’m not really sure about that as they don’t receive many comments, ever ;)

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