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Why Your HDR Photos Take Up So Much Space

HDR photos are sharper and more impressive, but they take up a lot of space on your device.

HDR photos, which is short for High Dynamic Range imaging, is a photographic method that increases the definition of your photos by optimizing the luminosity and allowing for a more dynamic range of colors. This camera feature can make any amateur photographer look like a seasoned professional in that it seriously improves image quality. However, there is a glaring downside to taking and collecting these photos — they siphon a lot of phone memory from your device. If you take and keep a lot of these photos on your smartphone, you will find yourself to be low on memory in no time.

DFNDR’s Duplicate Photos function is most salient to the issue at hand. This feature will identify any repeated photos in your image gallery, and give you the option to select and delete these copies with ease. This way, you’ll have more space for worthwhile photos in no time. If you have a lot of photos on your device, then this is a necessary feature to take advantage of because you’ll spend a lot less time identifying and removing duplicate photos. Click here to locate and delete duplicate photos in order to free up space on your device:

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But why do these photos take up so much space? Well, to compose the HDR, your phone snaps a variety of simultaneous pictures to assimilate a picture of higher definition. This conglomerate of pictures takes up more memory on your phone than just one photo, for obvious reasons.

You can free up a lot of space by deselecting the HDR mode on your Android’s camera. Open up the camera app and click the cogwheel in the corner to take you to settings. You should see a grid consisting of different camera features. Find the “HDR (rich tone)” and make sure it’s “off.”

However, turning off your HDR mode doesn’t delete the previous photos taken by your HDR camera, which are likely hogging memory. That’s why, in addition to turning off this mode, you should use the Duplicate Photos feature to remove unnecessary photos and free up space on your device.

If you still want to take HDR photos, then make sure to backup all of your photos to your computer or to cloud storage more frequently. After the backup is complete, remove all of the HDR photos from your phone. That way, you can still use your phone to take HDR photos, but still have storage space on your phone for new apps, photos, videos, and more.