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How to Delete All Photos from iPhone

April 29 2014 Published on #iOS Tips

How to Delete All Photos from iPhone

One of the biggest offenders when it comes to storage space can be your photos and videos. A 16GB iPhone 5s can easily bump up against your storage limits. It can be frustrating not being able to download a new app, software update or even take new videos. While managing storage on your iPhone is often handled best when connecting to iTunes, there are times when you need to tackle problems while on the go. Here’s how to delete all photos from iPhone, when you can’t get to iTunes.


Important: Before we proceed, it’s vitally important that you have a suitable backup for your photos and videos. Make sure you have previously synced them to your Mac/PC before proceeding with the deletion process.

While we touched on how to delete multiple photos on iOS 6, things have changed with iOS 7. While Apple’s latest operating system offers a number of improvements, it still lacks the capability to delete all photos with great ease. But there are some tricks to getting all of your photos deleted from your iPhone, without too much pain. Open up the ‘Photos’ app and let’s get started.

Photos in Apple’s iOS 7 uses a new method of organizing your photos. All of your images are sorted by year. Within each year, you have ‘collections’. For example, you might have a vacation to Florida. During that trip, you went to Disney World, Fort Lauderdale and maybe even Key West. Those three would likely make up ‘Moments’ within that Florida collection. Now, back to deleting photos. Navigate to one of your collections:

1. Tap within any year
2. Select a Collection
3. Within Moments, tap on the ‘Select’ at the top right

Select Moments

4. When you do this, a ‘select’ option becomes available in place of ‘share’ in each group of moments.

Select photos

5. Tap ‘select’ for each group you would like to delete. iOS 7 will select every image in the group.

Selected photos for deletion

6. Select the trash can icon at the bottom right. You’ll see the following prompt, “These photos will also be deleted from Photo Stream on all of your devices.” Tap Delete Photos to remove them from your iPhone.

Delete photos

You can repeat this process to delete all photos from your iPhone. While the process might not be as easy as a delete all (hey, maybe iOS 8 will bring that option), it is a much faster way to delete photos than in previous iterations of iOS.

Top 5 Reasons For Wanting To Delete Photos From iPhone or iPad

  1. It’s a great way to reclaim storage on your iOS device.
  2. You have a large number of unwanted photos.
  3. You have already synced to your computer and don’t use your iOS device to show off your photos.
  4. You are letting a sibling use your iPhone and want to remove some personal content.
  5. After a night out that would make The Hangover seem tame and some nights are before off undocumented.

Whatever your reason for wanting to delete photos from your iPhone, I hope we’ve helped provide you with a quick an easy solution. 

Source: EverythingiCafe.com

Read More: How to Permanently Delete All Data from iPhone

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