I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there: we take a bunch of (sometimes pointless) photos just to remember where we parked our car in the big parking lot, what we’re eating for dinner, stuff we need to pick up at the store, or just silly stuff we want our friends to see that we have. Stuff like that — I’m pretty sure we’ve all done it. While there’s nothing really wrong with these images, our Camera Rolls get filled up over time, and as we go back and look at our photos, we may end up deleting a bunch of these pictures we no longer need. They were great in the moment, but they just take up unnecessary space on our device as we forget about them. That’s where Meteor comes in.
This is a basic camera app — no filters or photo editing capabilities. Instead, when you launch the app, you are taken directly to the camera, ready to capture whatever it is you need. There are buttons on the screen to toggle the flash, switch between the front and rear facing cameras, and also a big capture button at the bottom. Take as many images as you need — don’t be shy! Whatever images are captured in Meteor stay in Meteor — they do not automatically get saved in your Camera Roll.
To view the images that you’ve taken, just tap on the gallery button in the top left corner. Here, you’ll find what you’ve snapped so far, showing two full thumbnails at a time, but you can scroll to view more. Tapping on an image will allow you to view the entire thing, and if you tap on the timestamp at the top, you can actually rename it to something more memorable. The button in the top right corner will bring up the iOS 7 Share Sheet, so you can send it in a message, email it, post on Twitter or Facebook, save it to your Camera Roll if desired, assign it to a contact, copy, print, or open in a third-party app.
If you grant Meteor permission for location, then you can also view exactly where your took the image in Apple Maps. This is a great feature if you plan to use Meteor as a way to remember where you parked your car in a new location.
The biggest thing with Meteor is the fact that you can set a default time for these photos to expire and be deleted from the app. It’s almost like Snapchat, but for your personal uses. By default, it is automatically set to expire in seven days, but you can also manually delete images as well if you don’t want them to sit around, or extend it (adds another whole default period). If you access the settings from the gallery screen, you can set Meteor to automatically delete images anywhere between one to 30 days. From here, there is also a big red button to erase all photos and reset the settings if you need to.
I’m really enjoying Meteor: Take Photo Memos so far, as I always end up taking one-time-use images that I don’t need to keep around forever. This is a great little app to snap those non-memorable images without cluttering up your device’s Camera Roll.
I highly recommend checking it out if you’re tired of unnecessary photos staying on your device long after you need them. You can get it in the App Store for your iPhone for $0.99 for a limited time.