Android mobile phones and tablets ship with back and a front camera that lets us capture photos and record videos. When you take a picture with the front or the back camera, the mobile saves the image to two folders, DCIM, and camera.
DCIM stores pictures you’ve captured with the help of third-party apps, screenshots, etc. Camera folder saves the output of the imaging hardware in the phone.
Depending on your phone’s storage capacity, Android may save 1000s of images or videos to these two folders. Imagine you’ve saved several hundred pictures to your device. Will you use the file browser or explorer to go through the pics one after another? The answer is no. To overcome this problem, Android OS packs a superb gallery app.
The gallery application is a smart tool that organizes every image saved on the storage memory or MicroSD card. It does so to provide a pleasant experience to the users.
Apart from providing thumbnail views of the images, the Android Gallery app provides users with filters, sorting functions, and more. In case your phone runs on the outdated version of Android and you’re looking forward to replacing the old gallery app with a newer one, go through our list of best gallery apps for Android.
Best Android Gallery apps to manage photos and videos for 2017
A+ Gallery Photos and videos
A+ Gallery application requires permission to access files and pictures saved on the storage memory. After enabling the permission, A+ opens its home interface where you’ll find the following three tabs:
1) Photos: Here, you’ll find a list of thumbnails grouped by the date. The interface enables users to scroll down and view older images.
2) Online: With this interface, you can sync your pictures with cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Amazon Cloud or to your Facebook album.
3) Albums: Here, users will find pictures grouped by their folders. A+ Gallery allows users to:
- Update the album with new pictures or mark it as a favorite
- Hide, rename or delete the album or create its backup copy.
Users must long press on an album to access the above functions. A+ Android gallery app lets you switch the interface to list or thumbnail view. It has the option to sort the images and albums but their name or date in ascending or descending order.
By default, the A+ gallery app uses the dark theme. You can change the theme from the settings panel.
- Fast, lightweight 3.9 MP APK size.
- Processor and RAM friendly.
- Essential features i.e. scroll, scan pictures.
- Only three free color themes.
Piktures Gallery App
Piktures is a beautiful Android gallery application that offers great user experience by making the right use of Android swipe gestures. It offers calendar view mode that lets you recollect the old good memories you’ve captured with the camera of the smartphone.
Unlike other top gallery apps for Android, Piktures provides a special location filter that allows users to filter pictures by cities they’ve visited. It allows you to view local albums when you swipe on the right side of the screen.
Piktures offers a secret drive feature that enables you to save private pictures or videos and prevent others from viewing them. Like Android App Lock tools, it lets users lock the secret folder with a PIN code. Like A+ Gallery app, it also supports cloud syncing.
Piktures Gallery app has a stunning UI. It shows small thumbnails of all images saved on your mobile phone on the main interface. Other features offered by the app are as follows:
- Slideshow preview of images.
- Filter and sort function.
- Option to hide the album, change its grid size and define a sort method.
- Link album to the home screen.
- Enable or disable album cover or parallax effect in it.
- Define maximum brightness for a video.
- And more.
- Beautiful and responsive interface.
- Plenty of options.
- Debugging mode.
- Cloud support.
Google Photos Android gallery app
Apps introduced by Google come pre-installed with most of the Android phones. Hence, it is likely that this gallery application might be installed on your device, but you’re not aware of it.
The Google Photos application is recommended to people searching for a simple gallery app that lets users back up their videos and pictures to Google Drive.
GP categorizes your pictures and provides a scroll bar for locating old albums and images. It offers the visual search function and lets you create animations, collages, panoramas from the pictures.
The gallery app from Google packs a photo editor tool that provides 14 cool filters. It has a function to view images and videos on the television. Google Photos app supports free unlimited cloud storage of high-quality images.Download Google Photos
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QuickPic Gallery app by Cheetah Mobiles
QuickPick is a small and feature packed gallery application developed and maintained by CM, the firm behind a bunch of popular apps for Android. E.g. CM Launcher 3D.
QP is an innovative application based on material design. It has a modern UI, which gives a modern a modern look to your device. QuickPic is a fast application. It has the option to hide and password protect pictures and videos in the album. It supports cloud sync and offers picture editor tool.Download QuickPick
Conclusion: If you don’t like the existing gallery app on your mobile phone or tablet, download one of the above applications and say goodbye to old features.