The 10 best iPhone storage cleaner apps reviewed

iPhones have won the hearts of billions of users for their simplicity and incredible efficiency. However, there is one downside every smartphone in the world shares: they are running out of space sooner than you expect. No matter how much space you have, it always gets cluttered with tons of photos, screenshots, videos, and other stuff. 

If you’ve been planning to get your phone a good old cleanup — let’s get to it! We’ve shared 9 best cleaning iPhone apps to help you tidy things up.

How iPhone cleaners work?

If you do a quick search on the iOS App Store for “cleaning” apps, you’ll find no shortage of options. But what exactly do they do? A lot of them will scan your phone for clutter, whether it’s in your email inbox or your photo library, and help you quickly delete anything you don’t want anymore. 

So for the sake of this article, the iPhone cleaner apps that are mentioned are the ones that will help you easily get rid of clutter like:

  • Duplicate photos
  • Large videos
  • Duplicate contacts
  • Spam emails

The best cleaner apps for iPhone: free and paid

Whether you’ve noticed your iPhone slowing down or you want to get rid of all the annoying clutter that has accumulated, here are the best iOS cleaners.

    1. Gemini Photos

    With an already impressive camera getting better with every new iPhone, it’s easy to understand how a photo library can become bloated with similar-looking pictures and duplicates. Thankfully, Gemini Photos can scan your library and help you quickly go through all those images to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. 

    Gemini Photos will also scan for videos, screenshots, and blurry pictures that are cluttering up precious storage space on your phone.

    Main features

    • Clear out similar and duplicate pictures, screenshots, etc.
    • See suggestions for the best photos you should keep
    • Identify images with text on them and declutter those
    • Sort your entire photo library

    Gemini Photos on the App Store

    2. Cleanup

    If you’re looking for a quick app that will help clean up your photos, contacts and email, look no further than Cleanup. This app will scan your phone for duplicate photos and videos and is easy and straightforward to use. However, there are a lot of ads within the app, so keep that in mind and be patient. You can always upgrade to the premium version, which will cost $3.99 a week.

    Main features

    • See suggestions for the best photos you should keep
    • Use the app without internet connection
    • Clean contacts and emails

    Cleanup on the App Store

    3. Boost Cleaner

    Boost Cleaner has a pretty straightforward interface. As soon as you open the app, it shows you how much storage you’re using on your iPhone. From there, you can choose to do what the app calls the “Fast Cleaner,” which will scan your contacts and your photo library. Or you can choose to scan your contacts, photos, or videos individually. In addition to cleaning up your iPhone, Boost Cleaner doubles as a compressing tool for photos and videos.

    Main features

    • Clean up similar photos, duplicates, and videos
    • Filter pictures by date, location
    • Manage and merge duplicate contacts

    Boost Cleaner on the App Store

    4. Magic Cleaner & Smart Cleanup

    Magic Cleaner looks minimalist and sleek: as you open the app, you'll see how much of your storage space is already in use. The app scans your photo gallery for similar photos, duplicates, videos, screenshots, and other. This last category contains photos that don't belong anywhere, and you can sort them by size or date. What makes Magic Cleaner stand out is its built-in VPN that lets you browse securely.

    Main features 

    • Free storage from duplicates and similar photos
    • Manage your contacts and merge duplicates
    • Use a built-in VPN for secure browsing

    Magic Cleaner on the App Store

    5. Hyper Cleaner

    There’s no shortage of ways to clean up your iPhone with the Hyper Cleaner. You can scan everything from your photos and videos to contacts. Hyper Cleaner also offers a suite of utilities, like a video compressor to reduce the size of large media files, battery life tips, and even an ad blocker for your browser. While you can try out the app for free for three days, it does require an weekly subscription, which will cost you $4.99.

    Main features

    • Identify similar and blurry photos
    • Compress large videos to save space
    • Block ads while browsing

    Hyper Cleaner on the App Store

    6. Cleanfox

    Every day, your inbox is flooded with spam and promotional emails you don’t have time to read. And if you’re being honest, you probably don’t want to read a majority of them anyway. Thankfully, the app Cleanfox will quickly sort those emails out and help you decide which ones to delete versus those you should unsubscribe from.

    Main features 

    • Declutter your mailbox
    • Unsubscribe from newsletters you no longer wish to receive
    • Sort your emails by the least open or the most open

    Cleanfox on the App Store

    7. Easy Cleaner

    While contacts don’t take up a ton of storage space, having duplicates or even old contacts can make using your address book annoying and somewhat useless. Easy Cleaner will scan through your contacts and identify duplicates, helping you either merge them into one contact or delete them altogether.

    Main features

    • Clean up duplicate contacts
    • Merge and manage contacts
    • Add additional missing information to your contacts

    Easy Cleaner on the App Store

    8. Phone Cleaner

    Phone Cleaner is designed to do exactly as its name promises. It will scan your phone for duplicate pictures and similar-looking photos, sorting your pictures and videos by size to make it easier to get rid of larger files first. Phone Cleaner will also clean up your contacts list and merge duplicate contacts. That said, all of these features are only available through subscription starting from $3.99 a week.

    Main features

    • Remove duplicate photos & videos
    • Merge and backup contacts
    • Set up an animation to display on your iPhone when it’s charging

    Phone Cleaner on the App Store

    9. Smart Cleaner

    On the surface, what Smart Cleaner does is simple. This app helps you get rid of duplicates of photos and contacts, but it can actually do quite a bit more than that. Aside from just deleting or merging duplicates, Smart Cleaner will show you your storage status and help you organize your photos, videos, and contacts.

    Main features

    • Delete similar photos and videos 
    • Organize contacts and remove duplicates 
    • Run a network speed test

    Smart Cleaner on the App Store

    10. Cleaner

    Like other apps on this list, Cleaner will scan your phone for blurry and similar photos and check your contacts for duplicates, allowing you to delete or merge them quickly. Cleaner is also loaded with other tools, like an internet speed test and monitoring widgets. If you’re running iOS 14, you can add a battery, used RAM, or used storage widget to one of your home screen pages.

    Main features

    • Recognize similar photos and screenshots
    • Clean contacts and videos
    • Run a network speed test

    Cleaner on the App Store

    Whatever it is that’s motivating you to clean and declutter your iPhone, there’s an app to help you. Unfortunately, there is no single magic app that will automatically purge everything you don’t want on your iPhone anymore. Only you know what’s worth holding on to and what you’re okay to part with. So if your iPhone has been slowing down or you’re just tired of having to sift through the sludge of duplicates, hopefully, you’ll be able to use one of these apps to help you tidy things up and get your phone clutter-free.

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