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. We also like Focus, even if it hasn’t been updated in a couple of years.
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! This is easily one of the most flashy gallery apps for those who like their stuff loud. Some of the features require the pro version, but the free version is still very functional.
Focus Go is a newer gallery app. It’s a lighter version of the popular Focus gallery by Francisco Franco. It’s a lightweight and simple gallery app. You open it, it opens files, you can share them , and that’s really all you need. It doesn’t include a third party editor to help with the app size. Additionally, it has an optional 32-bit encoder for better image quality and some customization options as well. The main Focus gallery app is under development for a major overhaul. Thus, if you want something like this with even more features, the best bet is to check that out on Google Play and see if the massive update has dropped yet.
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.
Memoria Photo Gallery is one of the newer gallery apps on the list. This one features a good level of customization, generally smooth performance, and even some security features. You get themes, fingerprint authentication, and you can even hide albums you don’t want. The app also comes with an encrypted vault and various view modes. It seems to tick all of the boxes, although the app still has the occasional bug here and there. It’s a standout new option in a gallery apps scene that doesn’t see a lot of new apps anymore.
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.
Simple Gallery Pro is, well, a simple gallery app. The app is fully offline with no unnecessary permissions. In addition, you get an image and video search, support for 32 languages, a favorite function for quick access, a recycle bin to recover lost photos, and plenty of ways to filter you massive collection. There is also a security feature with a fingerprint unlock for added privacy. There was a free version of the app. However, only the premium version gets updates now. That’s not a big deal because the app is only $0.99. Plus, it’s open source and it supports most types of photos and videos.
OEM gallery apps are excellent options for basic use. These are the apps that come standard on your device. Thus, Galaxy devices have Samsung Gallery (linked), HTC devices have HTC gallery, etc. These are good options for a few reasons. For starters, they are pre-loaded into your device so they’re already there. Additionally, these apps are developed to work with your phone’s stock camera app along with some of its native features. For instance, Samsung Gallery has Bixby features in its gallery app. It may not always be the best experience but it’s definitely a more cohesive one most of the time.
If we missed any of the best gallery apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments!