CleanMy®Phone from MacPaw in the test: Sorting out iPhone photos made easy

MacPaw, the software studio behind CleanMyMac and Setapp, today introduced CleanMy®Phone. The new iPhone app can be downloaded from the official App Store (as well as via Setapp) and is intended for sorting out the photo library. The same is searched for duplicate images, blurry shots, screenshots, memes and other categories so that you can then specifically clear out.

Important photos that should no longer be displayed for deletion can be marked accordingly. If you want to delete the entire media library, you can also do this using the CleanMy®Phone app. It also offers a network test as an additional feature.

TL; DR: You can go directly to the App Store here

CleanMy®Phone as a mobile version of Gemini

CleanMy®Phone evolved from Gemini Photos, a gallery cleaner from MacPaw that was launched for the Apple Mac in 2018 and is currently available in version 2. By combining AI with Gemini Photos' experience, CleanMy®Phone can provide a comprehensive and efficient cleaning solution for iPhone and iPad users.

With the three modules “Cleanup”, “Order” and “Network”, the app makes it possible to quickly delete all unnecessary images, sort photo libraries efficiently and test the connection speed for optimal online activity. In addition to sending pictures and videos, this can also be tested for the ability to watch video streams or play online games.

"CleanMy®Phone goes beyond cleaning. We built it to improve the way people manage and organize storage on their iOS and iPadOS devicessays Rostislav Bogdanov, Product Manager of CleanMy®Phone at MacPaw. “Born from the legacy of Gemini Photos, it is an advanced tool powered by our own AI algorithm that helps clean and organize storage space efficiently, with the vision of becoming an ultimate all-in-one in the future. Become an app for iOS/iPadOS."

"When I founded MacPaw with CleanMyMac in 2008, it was just the beginning of an incredible journey. A lot has happened since then, and we've developed a whole family of apps that make people's lives easiersays Oleksandr Kosovan, founder and CEO of MacPaw. “With CleanMy®Phone, we take another step to make your storage space as neat and organized as possible, helping you make room for all those new photos, apps, and everything else you need. We can't wait for you to try it out to see how easy it is to keep your iPhone clean, just like we did for your Mac."

The cleanup module

The first module that appears in the app is called “Cleanup”. Here you can have the media library of your iPhone or iPad scanned. Although the app requires access to the photos and videos, the analysis is carried out entirely on the device. No personal information, photos or videos are transferred to MacPaw's servers or elsewhere.

The organizing module

The second module, which can be selected via the toolbar at the bottom of the display, is used to organize the existing photos. The photos are scanned for specific content and features and then automatically divided into folders. The suggested folders can then include, for example, vacation, pets, food, portraits and text.

The network module

Even if it's not really suitable for sorting out the photo and video library, this integrated network test is a nice bonus. If you are at home, in the office, on the mobile network, in a hotel or somewhere else and want to see how good the download and upload streams are, then this is possible. And it's very graphically appealing.

The settings module

In the settings you can, among other things, view the photos marked as important, access the data protection agreement, select options for sounds and notifications and even delete the entire media library at the bottom. To be on the safe side, Face ID, Touch ID or the device unlock code will be requested before the device is finally deleted.

The system requirements and the price

In order to use the new MacPaw app CleanMy®Phone, at least iOS 16.0 provided. On the iPad, iPadOS 16.0 is specified as the minimum requirement. You can download the app for free and use it as a test version for three days. A premium subscription is then offered for further use.

This is available e.g. B. for 29,99 euros per year. But there are also monthly offers whose prices you can see in the App Store. If you use CleanMy®Phone via Setapp, you only pay the subscription price and nothing extra. It also includes additional iPhone and iPad apps as well as over 240 Mac apps as a full version.

CleanMy®Phone in the test: My experiences with the new app

Ahead of today's official release of the new app, MacPaw approached me with the offer to test it in advance. That's why I've been able to get an insight into it in the last few days. The scans of the media library went through quite quickly for me (iOS 17.3.1 on the iPhone 12 Pro), but it has to be said that I don't have the largest media library. With around 2.250 photos and videos, the collection on my iPhone is comparatively small. 

Nevertheless, a few pictures could be found to sort out and organize. When organizing, you should pay attention to which period you choose. By default, the last week is selected. You can then use “Custom Filters” to select individual years or all years in order to organize the entire media library. But here, for example, B. Drawings of animals suggested for the “Pets” folder. And spring blossoms that I photographed while walking were assigned “vacation.” You can test it for free to see if it works better for you.

At first you have to regulate access to the photos and videos on the iPhone or iPad. Without it, the main content of the app will not work. However, you can forego the notifications.
At first you have to regulate access to the photos and videos on the iPhone or iPad. Without it, the main content of the app will not work. However, you can forego the notifications.
A bit of rubbish was found. And the division into categories or folders could also be initiated. However, the AI ​​sometimes assigned photos that didn't quite fit.
A bit of rubbish was found. And the division into categories or folders could also be initiated. However, the AI ​​sometimes assigned photos that didn't quite fit.
If you don't just want to have the images from the last week or the last month sorted, you can add additional time periods to the selection using your own filters.
If you don't just want to have the images from the last week or the last month sorted, you can add additional time periods to the selection using your own filters.

Have you already tested CleanMy®Phone?

If you have downloaded the app and tried it out, please leave a comment with your experiences. I'm curious if you find it helpful and if it can help you organize your photos with just a few taps on your iPhone or iPad screen. Via this link you get to the App Store. Alternatively, you can find CleanMy®Phone via your Setapp subscription.

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