Dropbox refreshes Carousel with albums, new ways to free up space and revisit old memories


Carousel, the gallery app for all your Dropbox photos and videos, is useful and promising even though it’s been lacking some much-needed features.

On Wednesday, the Dropbox-owned app received a major refresh seeking to address some of key user complaints regarding the missing features. Introducing new ways to free up space on your device, Carousel can now remove photos and videos from your device that are already on Dropbox.

Moreover, the app has introduced albums, one of its most-requested features, so now you can organize your photos better on the iPhone and iPad.

Freeing up storage space on your device works by identifying on-device photos that are already backed up in Dropbox. The app offers to remove any duplicates found from your phone’s local storage.

Because it’s basically the gallery for all your Dropbox photos and videos, you’ll still be able to access assets that have been removed from your iPhone or iPad using the Carousel app or Dropbox’s web interface.

Carousel 1.8 for iOS (free up space iPhone screenshot

Carousel automatically sorts your photos by event to make reliving your memories simple.

And now with albums, Carousel has introduced flexibility by allowing you to group and organize your photos however you like and around whatever themes make you happy.

Lastly, the new Flashback feature (available in Settings) lets you relive the little moments of serendipity by surfacing your old photos from a few years back. The feature is based on a cool time wheel interface in which you swipe left and right on your timeline to scroll back and forth in time.

Carousel 1.8 changelog:

  • Free up space on your phone — Chances are you have photos and videos safe in Dropbox that are still taking up space on your phone. Carousel can now remove them from your camera roll — since they’re in Carousel, you can still see them on your phone, tablet, and the web.
  • Flashback — Remember those cool kicks from high school? Or the time your daughter took her first steps? Looking for a sweet pic for #tbt? Our new feature Flashback helps you relive your memories.
  • Albums — Photo albums (one of our most requested features) have finally arrived in Carousel for iPhone and iPad.
  • New time wheel — The time wheel is a great way to scroll back in time to browse your photos and videos and now it has a new home in Carousel. Just swipe left on your timeline to reveal the time wheel and relive your favorite memories.

In its previous update, Carousel has gained a native interface on the iPad while making it easier to post photos from your Dropbox to Instagram and WhatsApp.

The 33.1-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later and includes an option to upgrade you Dropbox storage to a 1-terabyte Pro plan with a one-time $99 annual subscription available through the In-App Purchase mechanism.

Download Carousel free in the App Store.