How can Phone Cleaner help me to free up my storage?

Phone Cleaner is a space-saving utility that allows you to easily and quickly find and remove such media files as:

  • Large photos and videos that take up the most space in your storage.
  • Similar photos that look the same and can be deleted without regret.
  • Photos and videos that have duplicate copies on your Mac.

It’s a useful tool for those who often create and process images: photographers, designers, social media account managers and just selfie-takers.

Is Phone Cleaner FREE to use on iOS and Mac?

Yes, Phone CLeaner is free to download on both platforms. You can download it from official Apple app stores. It works on iOS 8.0 and Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. However, Phone Cleaner provides additional features for In-App purchase ($4.99):

  • adding media files to Favorites;
  • deleting not only duplicate photos but also videos;
  • hiding advertisement.

Do I need a Mac to clean up my storage?

No. Phone Cleaner can work independently on your iPhone or iPad to optimize storage space. The application allows you to find and get rid of the largest media files, find and remove useless similar photos from your storage.
If you have a Mac, the utility will allow you to find duplicates on both the Mac and iOS devices, and remove the duplicates from iOS device. However, it is not required to connect another device for the app to work.

How to clean up the largest media files in my device’s storage?

To find and delete the largest files on an iPad/iPhone, follow these steps:

    1. Go to the “Biggest” section.
    2. Swipe down to move unneeded files to the Trash (or change the display mode to the gallery list of the largest videos and photos shown in descending order, and tick the files you want to remove.)
    3. Switch to the “Trash” section and remove the selected files.

How to find and delete similar photos from my iPhone?

To find and remove unneeded similar files from your iPhone, follow these steps:

    1. Go to the “Similar” section. You will see groups of similar photos.
    2. Scroll down, and within each group, select a file you want to keep and those you want to delete. You can use the Autoselect option.
    3. Switch to the “Trash” section and remove the selected files.

How to clean up duplicate files on iOS and Mac?

To find and remove mutual files on a Mac and an iPad/iPhone, just follow these five steps:

  1. Download the app for Mac.
  2. Connect devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Select Mac / iOS pair on any platform.
  4. Click the Find Duplicates button.
  5. Select photos from the list that appears and remove them.

What does the Hide Group option do?

The Hide Group option hides a group of similar photos in order to protect these files from accidental removal. It also allows you to concentrate on unneeded groups of similar photos.

How to unhide similar photos?

If you have hidden photos by mistake, use the “Undo” option in the top left corner of the screen to unhide them. Also, the “Hide” option will be reset after the next scan of your storage.

What is the “Thumbs Up” icon used for in the Similar section?

In each group of similar photos, you can use the “thumbs up” option to keep this photo and automatically remove all other photos from the group to the Trash. Alternately, you can remove a single photo to the Trash by tapping on the appropriate icon.

 

What is the “Favorites” section used for?

You can add photos and videos to Favorites in order to keep them from displaying during the process of selecting files for removal. In this way, you can protect a single photo from accidental removal and concentrate on unneeded groups of similar photos.

 

What if I removed a file by mistake?

All files deleted by Phone Cleaner go to the Recently Deleted folder in the Photos app. You can recover a file from there within 30 days of removal.

The app on iPhone / iPad cannot begin a photo search.

You should first grant access to your photo library. Go to Settings → Phone Cleaner → choose “Read and Write” for Photos.

My Mac started to search for duplicate files, but nothing happened.

There are two important settings that should first be configured on your iPhone:

  • Make sure the app has granted access to photos. You can check it in Settings → Phone Cleaner.
  • Enable connection by clicking “Accept connection request.” Connection request appears automatically.

What are the system requirements for Phone Cleaner?

iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 respectively. Nothing else is required. Note that both devices need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How to use Phone Cleaner with maximum efficiency?

  1. Use the Gallery tab to select the files quickly.
  2. Before clicking on the Remove Selected button, it’s best to go to the Trash to check the selected files.
  3. After removing the files with Phone Cleaner, they go to the Recently Deleted folder on your iPhone/iPad. Don’t forget to delete the files from Recently Deleted.

A few tips on how to use the app when searching for duplicate files on my iPhone and Mac?

  1. Have a good Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Move your devices within close proximity to each other and the Wi-Fi source.
  3. For best performance, do not use other apps on the iPhone during the scan.
  4. It’s easier to delete photos using the Mac interface.
  5. Specify folders to search for photos on Mac.

How to change the folders that are scanned on a Mac?

Go to the app’s Preferences. By default, the app scans the Pictures folder and its contents only. If you save photos in other locations, click the “Plus” button to add them or drag and drop them from Finder. Changes will be applied during the next scan.

How to select and delete multiple duplicate photos?

On a Mac: Click on ‘Show Duplicates.” In the “Select Duplicates” section, click on the part of app’s window (not photo). Now drag the mouse and select all duplicates in an appeared rectangular. Press Enter or the ⌘+⇧+A shortcut to select and delete them.

On an iPhone: It is similar to the Photos app. Select one photo and swipe to other photos.

I have found and deleted duplicates, but nothing changed.

The app does not delete photos completely, it removes them to Trash on a Mac and to the Recently Deleted section on iOS. Go to the appropriate folders and remove them from there.

How to select and delete multiple duplicate photos?

On a Mac: Click on ‘Show Duplicates.” In the “Select Duplicates” section, click on the part of app’s window (not photo). Now drag the mouse and select all duplicates in an appeared rectangular. Press Enter or the ⌘+⇧+A shortcut to select and delete them.

On an iPhone: It is similar to the Photos app. Select one photo and swipe to other photos.

My Mac and iOS device cannot connect each with other. Why?

Make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Is it required to upgrade to Pro?

You can use the app without upgrading to PRO.
The Pro version allows you to hide advertisements, to add an unlimited number of files to Favorites, and to search for duplicate videos on a Mac. The free version only locates duplicate photos. Use either one of the Phone Cleaner versions, depending on your needs.

Can I find other duplicates on a Mac?

Yes, we have an app for that as well – Duplicate File Finder. And guess what? It’s free and is available at the
Mac App Store.


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