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If you use your iPhone to take and save a lot of pictures, more likely than not you have a few duplicate photos unnecessarily clogging up your photo library. Thankfully, with iOS 16, Apple is making it significantly easier to delete any duplicates taking up useless space on your device.

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Apple is calling the new feature "Duplicate detection" and it works as expected. Using on-device machine learning on iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, your device will now easily detect and aggregate all duplicate photos in your library under the Utilities section in Photos.

From there, you'll easily be able to delete them, freeing up space on your device and decluttering your photo library. Since the feature requires your device to scan and sort out your entire library, it may take some time before your device starts offering up duplicates to delete.

iOS 16 is currently only available to developers with a public beta planned for July. iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and watchOS 9 will all be made publicly available this fall.

Article Link: iOS 16 Makes it Easier to Delete Duplicate Photos Clogging Up Your Library
 
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BootsWalking

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Apple is calling the new feature "Duplicate detection" and it works as expected. Using on-device machine learning on ‌iOS 16‌ and macOS Ventura, your device will now easily detect and aggregate all duplicate photos in your library under the Utilities section in Photos.

In other words, the 2,000 selfies teenagers have on their phones will be deduped down to about 7 photos.
 

tooloud10

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In other words, the 2,000 selfies teenagers have on their phones will be deduped down to about 7 photos.
I actually hope this isn't the case. I have lots of pics that are similar to others but I only want them labeled as duplicates if it's exactly the same picture. It's weird how so many duplicates ended up in my Photo library over the years.
 

iDento

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Great, I hope it detects not only "exact" duplicates. An app named Gemini Photos does it on iOS and I am not sure how it works but it shows me 2 images it thinks that one of them is not necessary because both are "almost" the same image.
 

Berti10

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Great. My wife shared many family photos in the last decade, now with the new iCloud shared Library, I feared to go through every photo we shared in the past and delete them.
 
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emulajavi

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I hope Smart Album support also will come someday….

Smart Albums from photos for macOS don’t sync with iOS.
 
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