As more and more of us became the proud owners of state-of-the-art mobile devices, we're sparing no expense on shooting great photos and videos. Our phones sit in our pockets, ready to be grabbed at any moment for us to start taking photos at a moment's notice. Food, nights out, selfies... we spend our lives snapping.
The result? Your device is chock full of photos, a chaotic mess of disorganized albums, duplicate pictures, and snaps you don't even remember taking. Trawling through them is, quite frankly, a headache. You need some order, pronto.
We've selected a handy array of Android apps that'll help you put all your gorgeous photos and videos in order. Tidy phone, tidy mind.
If you're already a Dropbox user, then you'll love Carousel; the perfect app for sorting and saving your photos in the cloud.
Carousel makes light work of organizing your snaps, by sorting them by events and displaying them via a scrollable timeline, so you can easily move through your photographic history. You can also create manual albums to share with family and friends.
If you're worried about storage, then Carousel provides a solution for that too: it stores all of your photos to your Dropbox, so you can delete them from your device, knowing you still have them safe and sound whilst freeing up room for more data.
Download if... you're looking for an easy way to store and search through your gallery history.
QuickPic is another really well-known and well-loved app, thanks to its amazing customization options for keeping your photos in order. You can easily edit albums, and quickly pick with photos you want to save, discard, or move elsewhere.
QuickPic lets you share your albums to other devices via Wi-Fi, and has free cloud storage too. And if security and privacy are priorities for you, you can also protect your photos with a passcode, so no one else can get their hands on your goods.
Download if... you waste loads of time ordering and organizing your photos into albums.
Cluster is the definitive social option for sharing your photo albums and memories with friends: because Facebook is not the only way. Cluster allows you to create private spaces for all your different groups of friends, so you can share your 'semi-private-photos' in peace.
Each group invitee can interact with your photos in the traditional manner: by liking and commenting. Cluster also functions as a social network, so you'll get notifications every time there's activity on any of your photos or groups.
Download if... you're a private kind of person, and don't want to have to share all your photos on Facebook.
Gallery Doctor is the perfect option if you're looking to do a complete spring cleaning of the photos stored on your phone.
The app works as a kind of doctor, by 'diagnosing' the state of your gallery. It will then analyze your photos and identify ones which are similar, which videos are the longest in duration, how many WhatsApp photos you have stored, and how many of your photos are of dodgy (or worse) quality. Each of these 'groups' can be customized or easily deleted by you - and you'll have your photos ship-shape in just a few taps.
Download if… you've way too many photos and need to do a spring cleaning.
As of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the old Gallery app was replaced by Google Photos, a multi-talented app that now comes pre-installed in most Android devices - but you probably haven't discovered all of its brilliant functions yet.
Google Photos organizes your pics so you don't have to, backs them up to Google Drive, and has a neat Collections section where you can create albums, videos, animations, and collages.
Slide shows and animations (of surprisingly brilliant quality) are created automatically, and the excellent search function is able to group together photos of a certain type (e.g. food) without you having to tag them.
Download if... you still haven't discovered all the great things your gallery can do yet.