Although storage space gets cheaper and cheaper, it seems we always need and want more and more. It’s particularly true if you have a 16GB iPhone. If that’s the case, storage is even more precious to you and you should try to make every MB count.
Along with music and videos, photos are probably one of the most notorious storage eaters on your iPhone. I know mine is filled with over 10 GB of pictures alone. If you’re in the same situation and you want to save some storage space on your iPhone, one of your option is to decrease the file size of your iPhone pictures.
As always, there is an app for that. As a matter of fact, there are probably dozens of apps for that, but the one I use is called Shrink My Pictures, an app which only purpose is to lower file size of PNG, JPEG, and GIF images while maintaining the original dimension. It might not be the prettiest one out there, but it’s the one that I found works best for me.
In this post, I will show you how to reduce pictures file size on iPhone using Shrink My Pictures in order to regain some storage space on your device…
How to reduce an image file size on your iPhone
Before we get started, it must be noted that while Shrink My Pictures will make photos file size smaller, it will not reduce the actual dimensions of the pictures. If that is what you are trying to do, click here to learn how to resize an image on your iPhone.
Step 1: Download Shrink My Pictures from the App Store.
Step 2: Launch the application and tap the “Add” icon at the lower left of the screen. It will show all the photo albums and Photostreams available on your device. Open an album and select one or more photos that you want to compress. The photos you have selected will be imported into the application.
Step 3: Tap the “Option” icon at the bottom of the screen. This is where you can tweak the level of compression. The more you want to reduce a photo file size, the higher the compression level should be.
Keep in mind that when you shrink the file size of iPhone pictures, the quality of these pictures decreases as well. The more you compress iPhone photos (or any photo for that matter), the lower the quality gets.
For the purposes of this post, I chose the highest level of compression.
Step 4: Tap on the “Start” icon at the bottom. The app will work its magic to downsize the file size of your photos. The more pictures you have to process, the more time it will take. In my experience, the app was very fast at compressing each image, but of course, your mileage may vary.
Step 5: Once the app has finished processing the pictures, they will be automatically saved to your Camera Roll and to a newly created album on your iPhone called Shrink My Pictures, so you can find them easily.
The app also keeps count of how much space you have saved in MB, which can add up pretty quickly if you’re resizing many pictures.
Shrinking the file size of your photos can save you tons of space of your device. Of course, to save that space, you will have to delete the original photos. And also remember that, as noted above, the more you lower a picture file size, the worse the quality of this image will be.
Here is the size of these two photos I used, before and after shrinking them:
- Photo 1 was 1.63 MB, now 0.25MB
- Photo 2 was 3.07 MB, now 0.80 MB
In my experience with Shrink My Pictures, I haven’t really noticed an obvious loss of quality, but if you have a good eye for these kind of things, it might make a difference to you.
While we’re on the topic, here are a few articles that might be of interest to you:
- How to save storage space by removing photos from your iPhone
- What to do when there is not enough iCloud storage to backup your iPhone
- Four simple ways to back up your iPhone photos
- How to resize a picture on iPhone
Please make sure to share your comments below, especially if you have a trick of your own to reduce photo file size on iPhone.