For starters, it's time to reveal the sad truth – there is no native option for finding the file size of an image on an iPad or iPhone. However, different alternatives exist, and I have compiled the best 4 of them in this article.
So let's see the different ways to display the size of the image on iOS.
1. Use the Files app
You can use the help of the Files application to view the file size of an image. However, unlike Android, images do not automatically display in the Files app. You must first save them from the Apple Photos app.
Here are the steps in detail:
Step 1: Open the image in the Apple Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
2nd step: Tap the share icon at the bottom. Then scroll down the sharing options to the left to view more options. Tap Save to files.
Step 3: The Files app opens. Go to the folder where you want to save it on your iPhone or in iCloud. Then press Add at the top.
Step 4: Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 5: Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the image in step 3. You will find the file size mentioned near the file name.
Pro tip: Swipe down in the Files app to display sorting and layout options.
2. Using the Apple Shortcuts app
In the above method, you need to upload an image first. The process becomes hectic if you have to check the size of many images. There is another way to use the Apple Shortcuts app. For this you need to keep the Shortcuts app installed on your iPhone. In case it is not installed on your phone, download it from the link below.
Once installed, you need to create a shortcut for the file size and run it every time you want to view the size of the photo.
Here are the steps in detail:
Step 1: Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.
2nd step: Press Create shortcut.
Stage 3: Using the search bar, search for Get file details. Tap it.
Step 4: Press Select under Get file details. Select File size.
Step 5: Again, using the search bar, search for Show Notification. Tap it.
Step 6: Then tap the area that says Hello everyone, and you'll see the details of the files at the bottom. Tap it to add it. Tap Done.
Step 7: You will be redirected to the application home screen, where you will see the newly created shortcut. Tap the three-dot icon for the shortcut.
Step 8: Inside the shortcut, tap the on / off icon at the top. Then activate Show in share sheet and tap Done. Tap Name to give your shortcut a name. Again, tap Done on the screen that opens to save the changes.
Step 9: Launch the Apple Photos app and open the photo whose size you want to know.
Step 10: Tap the share icon. Next, tap Accessible shortcuts by scrolling through the icons at the bottom.
Point: Tap the share icon to view the date and time of the photo.
Step 11: You will see the shortcuts available in the Shortcuts app. Press the shortcut you created for the file size. A notification will appear telling you the file size of your photo.
Repeat steps 9 through 11 each time you want to know the size of the image. Steps 1 to 8 need only be performed once.
3. Use third-party gallery apps
Google Photos is one of the best gallery apps on iOS for knowing the size and resolution of photos. All you have to do is swipe up on the photo and the necessary details will be displayed.
You can use it as an iCloud Photos alternative as it also acts as a photo storage service. However, if you do not intend to do so, you should not activate the backup option in Google Photos. You can even move your entire gallery from iCloud to Google Photos. And, if Google Photos isn't right for you, try other third-party gallery apps.
4. Use third-party metadata applications
If you want to know the Exif details on your photo, such as aperture, camera manufacturer, brightness level, resolution, etc. then you need to download the Exif viewing apps. You can try applications like Exif Metadata, ViewExif and Photo Investigator. You can even edit the metadata associated with the image using these apps.
As an Android user, I am surprised that this tiny feature is missing in iOS. But it's Apple. You must be prepared to expect anything from its products. We hope they will add the ability to display the image size in future iOS versions.
Then: You don't like iCloud? You can turn it off. But before you do that, know what happens when you turn off iCloud.