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. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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