Duplicates Not Showing In iOS 16 Photos App (Fix ?)


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Posted in Errors and Issues by Mike on September 13, 2022

Duplicates not showing in iOS 16

Are Duplicates not showing in iOS 16? You’ve updated iPhone to the most recent release but device isn’t able to find and list duplicate photos in the Utilities section? Is this an early iOS 16 bug? Let’s check it out!

Duplicates Not Showing In Photos

This issue has been reported by Michael in our iOS 16 review page:

“Hi regarding IOS 16. With reference the photo menus and utilities, my I phone 13pro max does not show duplicates in the menus. Is there a reason for this? I am in the U.K.”

We couldn’t replicate this issue at the time of writing. However, we found similar reports from the iOS 16 beta stages on Reddit.

If you’re also missing Duplicates album in Photos, please confirm it in the comments section and we will report this issue to Apple. Do mention your iPhone model and region please.

How To Fix Duplicates Not Available In Photos

1. No Duplicates, No Folder

It appears that according to current iOS 16 behavior, the Duplicates album isn’t displayed if no identical photos have been detected in the Photos app.

If you already merged Duplicates as shown here, there might be no other identical photos to show on your iPhone and that’s why the Duplicates folder is not showing up in Utilities between the Imports and Hidden albums.

Create Duplicates Manually

To make sure that you have duplicate photos on your iPhone you can use another iOS 16 feature that allows you to easily duplicate an image:
duplicate photos on iPhone

2. Check Duplicates Filter

duplicate photos filter setting
Duplicates can be set identical Photos, identical Videos or both. The default option is both!

If you tweaked it for Videos and there are not duplicate clips detected on your iPhone, the feature might glitch out and stop showing the Duplicates album altogether.

Fact: Duplicates filter can’t be edited in Settings. You have to return to the Recents folder and manually duplicate videos, as shown above, to force the Duplicates folder to show up again!

3. Are Duplicates Region Restricted?

We couldn’t find any reference that the iOS 16 Duplicates feature might be country restricted. However, we have been only able to test the feature in the U.S.

If you’re also missing Duplicates please mention your region and help us identify a potential pattern for this issue.

4. Duplicates Date Bug

duplicate photos date bug
This new iOS 16 feature is definitely glitching out. In my case it’s showing duplicate photos created one day ago as dating from Dec 31, 1903! 😱

What’s your feedback about Duplicates in iOS 16? Share your experience, suggestions and questions in the comments.

Related: Did you know that in iOS 16 Hidden and Deleted albums are locked with Face ID? Here is more info!

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