Despite the simple premise, not all gallery apps are the same. Some of them work fantastically with great designs and quickness. Others suffer from poor design and slowness. The good news is that you have plenty of options to replace yours if needed. Whether it’s sorting pics, hiding them away, or you just want something clean and quick, we have you covered with the best gallery apps for Android.
A+ Gallery is a simple gallery app. You can do the usual things like manage your photos, create photo albums, and share your photos. Along with that, it has support for Dropbox, Amazon Cloud, and Facebook. That means you can view those photos as well. Additionally, it comes with a vault feature where you can keep private images. The design is solid and it’s not difficult to use. It combines Material Design and iOS styles into a single look. You can download it for free with an optional pro version available as an in-app purchase. It’s not bad as far as gallery apps go.
F-Stop Media Gallery is one of the older gallery apps. This one features a flatter, cleaner design accentuated by Material Design with a few really decent features. You can search your photos based on its metadata which is kind of awesome and you can add tags to your photos for easier organization. It also reads metadata (including EXIF, XMP, and IPTC info), and there is a Smart Albums feature that helps you sort your stuff on its own. Best of all, it plays GIFs! Some of the features require the pro version, but the free version is still very functional.
Focus Picture Gallery is one of the most comprehensive gallery apps on the list. It has several good features, including an app lock function that will allow you to password protect your gallery from prying eyes. It also has a light and dark theme, a comprehensive tag system, additional security settings, and you can even change the icon if you want to. The app gives you most of its features for free or you can pay up for the full version. There is also an optional $1.13/month subscription for those who wanted to further support development, but it’s entirely optional. You do get a fun little badge if you do.
FOTO Gallery is a decent gallery app with a simple design and some powerful functionality. It boasts the ability to organize thousands of your photos quickly using its sorting feature. You can also individually tag photos, customize albums, and it has Chromecast support. You can also hide private albums. It also boasts a no-ads experience, even on the free version which we liked a lot. It’s free to download and you can pick up the pro version for $4.99 via in-app purchases.
Gallery Vault does almost exactly what the name says it does. It creates a private vault for your photos to keep them away from prying eyes. With it, you can hide photos, videos, and any other type of file that this app supports. You can also hide the icon so no one knows how to access it but you, get alerts if someone breaks in, and it supports some fingerprint-enabled devices (Samsung devices only for now). It’s a good option in terms of gallery apps if you want some privacy and you can try out the free version before you buy it.
There are few places where fingers of the Google hegemony don’t reach and this isn’t one of them. The Google Photos app is a cloud storage app where you can upload as many photos and videos as you want. The only downside is that the images and video will be compressed in Google’s High Quality setting. However, the app is also capable of seeing your device folders to view any stuff that you haven’t uploaded. This is a great app that most people use anyway, but its secondary functionality means that having another gallery app is essentially redundant. If you use Google Photos, you might as well use it as your gallery app too.
Photo Gallery HD and editor is, in fact, a gallery application with a photo editor attached to it. Despite its name, this application is actually pretty lightweight and simple. You can do the basic stuff like move photos, delete stuff, set wallpapers, set favorites, and share stuff. The editor lets you do the basics like crop, rotate, flip, and apply filters or even doodle if you want to. It sounds like there isn’t anything that makes this one special and that’s kind of true, but it’s a delightful choice for those who don’t need anything ridiculous on their gallery app. It loads images quickly and that’s good enough for many people. It’s also free as long as you don’t mind some advertising.
PhotoMap is one of the more unique gallery apps. It lets you take pictures and save them via location. You can then use a map to view your photos based on where you took them. For instance, you’d have to navigate to the beach to see the pictures you took near the beach. It’s one of the cleaner GPS-based gallery apps that we could find. It’s also just fun to play with. You can download it for free or pay for the pro version for $2.99 as an in-app purchase. There are even AR features to play with.
Piktures is one of the simpler gallery apps. However, that doesn’t mean it has no features. You can sort by various things, such as location and you can hide albums if you don’t want people to see them. It works best on larger screens. That makes it decent for large phones or tablets. There is also GIF support for those who enjoy that. It appears as though Chromecast support is on its way as well. It also has gesture-based controls which are delightful to use once you get used to them. It’s a solid option all around.
QuickPic was once one of the more popular indie gallery apps. However, it was purchased by Cheetah Mobile. Now it is what it is. The service will give you some storage to backup your photos to the cloud. It also boasts a simple, internal photo editor, support for most multimedia files, and the basic stuff like renaming photos, creating albums, and support for a variety of cloud services. Cheetah Mobile isn’t the most reputable company out there, but at least QuickPic works pretty well.
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