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    The Best Apps For Organizing All Of Your Photos

    We tried them, so you don't have to!

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    Have an inconceivable amount of photos on your phone? Here are five apps, in order of my most to least favorite, that'll organize your Camera Roll in no time.

    The following apps are rated according to this emoji scale:

    ๐Ÿ˜ = LOVE. I would use this app all day every day.

    ๐Ÿ˜˜ = Definitely worth the download.

    โ˜บ๏ธ = Cool features, but won't use on the regular.

    1. Google Photos is the ultimate photo search tool.

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    Apps: Free, Web, Android, iPhone

    Stores photos in the cloud? YES

    Storage: Unlimited, but photos larger than 16MP will be compressed

    - Creepy/cool intelligent technology: The newly released web and mobile app integrates image recognition so that you can search for images by what's in the photo.

    - Search for the photo's contents: For example, you can pull up every food picture youโ€™ve ever taken by simply searching "food."

    - Make GIFs in seconds: Google Photo's Assistant can create collages, GIFs, and interactive stories. Make them yourself, or let Assistant group together similar photos automatically!

    Tip: To easily make a GIF, take a burst shot with your phone, open Google Photos, go to Assistant, hit the plus sign (+) icon, choose "animation," drag your thumb over the burst shot, and you'll create a GIF like the one below:

    Rating: ๐Ÿ˜

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    2. PicJoy is a beautiful visual photo journal.

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    Apps: Free, iPhone

    Stores photos in the cloud? YES

    Storage: Unlimited

    โ€“ The organization is done for you: PicJoy automatically tags your photos by time of day, season, weather, and holiday (if applicable).

    โ€“ You can quickly search your library: To find a photo, just filter through your tags in the search bar. You can also retrieve photos with search terms like "Fall," "Birthday," "Night," or a city.

    โ€“ Create stories with your photos: You can also use the app as a photo diary and write photo narratives. PicJoy gives you the option to write context for your photos and the entries show up on a "Stories" page.

    Rating: ๐Ÿ˜

    3. Carousel by Dropbox is a photo time machine.

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    Apps: Free, Web, Android, iPhone

    Stores photos in thecloud? YES

    Storage: Adds 3 GB of bonus space to your Dropbox account

    โ€“ Go back in history with one swipe: Because I could see my entire collection of photos with the flick of a finger, using Carousel helped me discover tons of old photos, some from 2009!

    โ€“ But you can only browse photos by time: Carousel takes the cake for the sleekest user interface, but it does come at a cost: you can only find your photos by their place on the "time wheel," a virtual timeline of all of your photos. There's no smart search function that lets you filter by location or image content, but you can quickly select photos by dates.

    โ€“ Dropbox is, naturally, a must: One unique feature is that Carousel opens up a chatroom when you share photos with a friend. But because the app is an extension of Dropbox, both you and your friends need a Dropbox account, and you can only share photos through a Dropbox link.


    4. Tidy is *the* photo app for neat freaks.

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    Apps: Free, Android, iPhone

    Stores photos in the cloud? No :(

    Storage: Unlimited

    โ€“ It's like getting rid of unread email, but for photos: If you're the kind of person who takes the time to sort photos into designated albums, you'll love Tidy. The goal of this app is to get you to sort uncategorized photos into photo albums so they are no longer "Untidy." Unfortunately, not everyone wants to organize their photos this way, myself included, and the "Untidy" page can be a bit stressful to look at.

    โ€“ Tag photos with pre-made filters: The iOS app design is a little strange (it looks like an Android app) but, despite its design flaws, is a great tool to help you organize with pre-populated filter categories on its "Untidy" page.

    โ€“ Unique features: Tidy does have some notable features, including customizable viewing types (4 columns, 3 columns, collage), the ability to drag your finger to select multiple images, and being able to search through albums or photos by keyword.


    5. Trunx is good for people who need more space.

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    Apps: Free, Android, iPhone

    Stores photos in the cloud? YES

    Storage: 15 GB free

    โ€“ Directly import photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and your Camera Roll: It's nice to be able to sync all of your photos in one place. The best part is that photos are synced to your Trunx account and stored in the cloud, so you can free up tons of space on your phone!

    โ€“ The app is a bit clunky: The "Timeline" page contains too little information, so you'll be scrolling and clicking around FA DAYZ if you don't know exactly when and where you took your photo.

    โ€“ You have to sync all or nothing: For example, if you want to connect your Instagram account, you're gonna have to add every single one of your Instagram photos. It doesn't take that long to upload, but it is a hassle to go back into the app and delete them.


    Now go on and organize that Camera Roll! You know you need to.


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