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4 easy ways to delete all photos from your iPhone


Some photos from iPhone and iPad are not deleted? In this article, we will tell you how to delete folders (albums) with photos on an iOS device that was synchronized with a PC or Mac via iTunes.

If a folder with photos appears on your iPhone or iPad, which cannot be deleted, so they were downloaded from a PC or Mac via iTunes.

There are only two options for getting out of this situation.

How to delete photos from iPhone and iPad synced with iTunes on your computer

For example, to make sure that the photos were synchronized from the computer, just go to the “Albums” tab of the regular “Photos” application and find the folder you are interested in. If under its name the number of photos and the inscription “from my Mac (computer)” will be indicated, then we are on the right track.

In order to delete photos you need:

1. Connect iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to PC / Mac.

2. Launch iTunes.

3. Go to the page with the device.

4. In the left side menu, click on the tab A photo.

5. Uncheck item Synchronize or from the selected folder with images (in this case, the entire album will be deleted).

If you want to delete not the entire album from your iPhone or iPad, but selective photos, you need to go to the folder with photos on your computer and delete unnecessary photos.

If the folder with images has already been deleted from the computer, then, as an option, you can create an empty new one with the same name as on the iPhone or iPad and synchronize it with your device.

6. Press the button "Synchronize».

How to delete photos on iPhone and iPad synchronized with iTunes of another computer

If you do not have access to the computer with which the iPhone or iPad was synchronized, then iTunes will delete ALL PHOTOS downloaded from the computer during synchronization. This does not apply to photos and videos created on the iOS device itself (Camera Roll).

In order to save photos downloaded from someone else's computer, you will have to either copy them via the iTools, iFunBox, iMazing and other iTunes counterparts for your computer, send in an email, or upload to the cloud.

Using the Photos app on iPhone

  1. Launch the “Photos” program and click “Albums” → “All Photos”.
  2. Go down to the very bottom of the album and click “Select” in the upper right corner.
  3. Swipe from the photo in the lower left corner to the last photo in the same row on the right. Then, without taking your touch, swipe up until you select all the images. They will stand out in rows, which will speed up the process.
  4. Click the trash can icon in the lower right corner and confirm the deletion.

After that, the pictures will be transferred to the Recently Deleted album, from where the system will permanently delete within 40 days. You can go into this album and delete everything at any time manually by pressing “Select” → “Delete All”. Or you can restore it: for this you will need to click "Select" → "Restore All".

Using Explorer on a Windows computer

  1. Connect the iPhone to the computer via USB and enter the "Explorer".
  2. Double-click the iPhone icon in Explorer and navigate to the DCIM subfolder. If the smartphone icon is not in Explorer, install iTunes and log in using Apple ID.
  3. Open subfolders inside DCIM, select snapshots inside them, and delete them.
  4. When done, the photos deleted on the computer will disappear from the iPhone.

By resetting iPhone to factory settings

If you want to delete pictures before selling the device, this method is best suited. Resetting the settings will delete all pictures and other personal data from the device, after which you can safely transfer the device to the new owner. Our detailed instructions will help you reset your iPhone in a few minutes.

How to remove pictures from the "Film" section?

Directly removing photos from iPhone is very simple - just do a few basic actions:

Step 1. Go to the standard application "A photo"And select the"camera roll».

Step 2. Click on the image you would like to delete. So you expand it to full screen.

Step 3 Click on the "Trash" icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Step 4. Confirm that you want to delete the photo from the iPhone by clicking the appropriate button.

Such an instruction is relevant if you need to delete photos one at a time. If you want to erase several photos at once, you should act a little differently:

Step 1. Go to the section "camera roll"Application"A photo».

Step 2 Click the "Choose»Located in the upper right corner of the screen.

Step 3. Check off the pictures you want to erase.

Step 4. Click on the “Basket"And confirm the operation. Before confirmation, you can see how many photos you erase - this will save you from unintentionally deleting a valuable photo.

On the Internet, you can find recommendations to delete photos from iPhone albums. This method is not applicable, because after deleting the album, the photos still remain in the iPhone, available in the general list.

Another option for deleting photos is useful for those who need to delete pictures sorted by some feature (say, taken in one place or in one day). To do this, proceed as follows:

Step 1. Go to the application "A photo»And go to the tab of the same name below. You will see that the pictures here are sorted by year:

Step 2. Choose the year you need - click on the line of photos. From the section "Years"You will find yourself in the subsection"Collections". Here the pictures are sorted by geography and time:

Step 3. Find the photoset you want to delete and select it. You will be moved from the subsection "Collections"In the subsection of the lower level"Moments».

Step 4. Click on the “Choose»In the upper right corner of the screen. In front of the photoset date, the button of the same name will appear.

After clicking this button, all photos of the photoset will be marked.

If you want to save one of the pictures, uncheck the box.

Step 5 Press on "Shopping cart"And confirm the deletion. All photoset images will be erased and memory freed.

Do not be alarmed if, after deleting a photo, you find that there is no more free memory. On iOS devices older than version 8, deleted photos are stored for another 30 days in the “Recently deleted", From where they can both be restored or completely removed.

Folder "Recently deleted"Acts as a kind of analogue of the" Recycle Bin "of the Windows operating system.

How to delete a photo through iTunes?

If you are trying to erase a photo in the usual way, but encounter the icons “Basket"There’s simply not a photo below, you obviously forgot that you (or some other user) uploaded the photo to iPhone via iTunes. You can get rid of such pictures only in the same way.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to PC via USB and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Go to the device control menu by clicking on the button with the image of the smartphone in the top panel.

Step 3. In the block "Settings" Choose a section "A photo».

Step 4. Check the box next to "Synchronize».

Step 5. Create an empty folder on your PC (anywhere) and select it through "Copy photos from: ".

Step 6. Click “To apply"On iTunes.

You will start the synchronization process, consisting of 5 steps. Wait for it to complete (about 1 minute) - then you will find that the photos synchronized with iTunes, disappeared from the device, but remained in place in the PC memory. There will also be no “new folder” on the gadget, as it is empty.

If you want to return the photo to the iPhone, proceed in the same way, but as the source folder, select the one in which the necessary pictures are located, and not an empty folder.

How to delete all photos from iPhone at once?

One of the fastest ways is to delete the photo through the computer. This is done as follows:

Step 1. Connect the iPhone via USB to the computer and click "Trust»In the window that appears on the smartphone.

Wait 2-3 seconds, and you will see the Startup window on the PC.

Step 2 In the Startup window, select the option "Open device to view files". The computer will transfer you to the memory of the iPhone.

Step 3. Go to the disk "Internal storage».

Step 4. Open the "DCIM"And view the contents of the two subfolders"823WTGMA"And"860OKMZO". Find the pictures you want to delete.

Step 5 If you want to delete everything, then, having opened each of folders, press CTRL + ASelect all"), Then Delete.

Photos will be completely deleted from the device, and there will be no possibility to restore them. Therefore, this method is considered not only the fastest, but also the most extreme.

Can I delete photos from iPhone through an alternative file manager?

Many Apple users are still dominated by the prejudice that no other software tools other than iTunes it is not possible to communicate with a PC In fact, there are many modern file managers that can take on the role of an intermediary between a gadget and a computer / laptop.

Let's dwell on the utility iMazing (DiskAid in the past), which, although it is free only conditionally (requires the purchase of a license to use the full version), but it works much more stable than alternative software. Download iMazing can be here.

To delete photos using iMazing you need to act like this:

Step 1. Connect the iPhone to the computer and run iMazing. The program will immediately remind you to buy a license, however, you can use the trial period 2 weeks after installation.

Step 2. Select the tab with the image and name of the connected device in the "Available Devices"- so you open the gadget control menu.

Step 3. Contrary to logic, choose not “A photo", but "File system". AT "A photo»You will find only those images that were uploaded via iTunes and inFile system»You can get to the photos taken on the device’s camera. Window "File system" looks like that:

Step 4. Open the "Media».

Step 5. Open the "DCIM"- inside you will see two more (usually) folders:"100APPLE"And"101APPLE».

The question may arise: what the number of folders in DCIM depends on and how the photos are distributed between them? The answer is simple: the first thousand photos taken on the iPhone are stored in "100APPLE"- as soon as the user takes the 1001st snapshot, the folder"101APPLE", After the 2001th photo -"102APPLE" and so on. You can verify this by analyzing the codes that the iPhone assigns to pictures as names - the last photo in your folder “100APPLE"Probably will have the name"IMG_0999».

Step 6. Open the appropriate folder and select the files you want to erase. In our case, this is quite easy to do: we need to remove the iPhone screen screenshots that are in PNG format (normal photos - JPG) and are accordingly marked with a different icon.

Step 7. Click on the “Delete»In the bottom panel of the program iMazing, and unwanted files will be erased from the device’s memory.

License iMazing $ 29 per person. There are free file managers for iOS, but each of them has its own significant drawbacks: for example, iFunBox periodically flies, and Chinese iTools makes the user constantly stare at incomprehensible hieroglyphs, as it is not Russified.


If you want to “clear” the memory on the iPhone, then deleting old photos is where you need to start. The photo taken on the iPhone 4 has a resolution of 2592 by 1936 pixels and weighs over 2 megabytes! Even more weight live photos - a popular innovation available to users of the iPhone 6th modification: one live photo takes 4-5 Mb. As a result, lovers of poses and photographs occupy 2-3 GB in the memory of the iPhone - for devices that are “stuffed” with only 8-16 GB, this is a very significant figure.

Having started a large-scale "cleaning", use the computer - you can delete pictures as through "Conductor»Windows, and through an alternative file manager like iMazing. The second option is preferable, because thanks to the manager, all information about the iPhone’s memory is in front of the user’s eyes.


Update the device software to the required versions:

  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch - up to iOS 5.1 or later,
  • Mac - Prior to OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later,
  • Apple TV (2nd, 3rd or 4th generation) - up to tvOS 5.0 or later,
  • PC - Up to Windows 7 or later and iCloud for Windows.

Make sure the My Photo Stream feature is enabled:

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings> [your name]> iCloud> Photos. In iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings> iCloud> Photos.
  • On a Mac, go to System Preferences> iCloud. Click the “Options” button opposite the “Photos” item.
  • On your Apple TV, go to Settings> iCloud> Shared Albums.
  • On a Windows computer, open iCloud for Windows, select Photos or Photo Stream, and then click the Options button.

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the "Photo" program.
  2. Click on the "Albums" tab.
  3. Click "My Photo Stream".
  4. Click “Select.”
  5. Select by clicking one or more photos. Selected photos are checked.
  6. Click the trash can icon. Click “Delete [number] photos”.

On an Apple TV device

  1. From the main menu of Apple TV 6.0 or later, select Photos. In Apple TV software 5.0 or earlier, select Photo Stream or Internet> Photo Stream.
  2. When prompted, log in using your Apple ID.
  3. Find the photo you want to delete.
  4. Press and hold the Select button, then select Delete Photo.

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