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 How To Delete All Photos From iPhone?

How To Delete All Photos From iPhone?


Whether you want to switch your iPhone, start collecting new photos, or you are just tired of all the GIFs and photos you’ve ever downloaded, there is a fast way to delete all of your photos. Sometimes, you will notice that you do not have enough space on your iPhone, and you know that you don’t even have so many apps installed. Sometimes, your device can be full of memes, photos, and videos you download by someone sending them to you. And after you see the content, most likely, there is no need to keep it further on your device.

Usually, when I mention someone deleting all photos, the person tells me I am insane, and it’s a long process.

Let me show you the process does not have to belong, and you can have a clean Photo gallery within just a couple of moments.

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Deleting iCloud and selecting photos

Now, you need to decide do you want to delete all of your photos for good or just to get rid of them from your phone. If you are using iCloud Photo Library, deleting your photos from an iPhone means deleting your photos from everywhere. You will permanently lose these photos, and there is no way to get them back. Therefore, if you have any photos you’d like to keep, you need to do a backup or export all of your photos to your Mac prior to deleting them. However, if you want to delete only photos directly stored in your iPhone, not the one on your iCloud, you need to do certain things before deleting.

Let’s go step by step.

  1. Open Settings app
  2. Select “Photos”
  3. Check “iCloud photos” if you’d like to delete only photos on your phone
  4. Uncheck “Shared albums” and “My photo stream” if you want to erase all the photos from your phone
How To Delete All Photos From iPhone

After you’ve selected what files will be deleted, you need to select which photos within these files to delete.

  1. Open Photos app
  2. Tap on “Library” > “All photos”
  3. Click “Select”
  4. Choose which photos to delete
How To Delete All Photos From iPhone

Note: You cannot select all the photos at once; you need to go step by step. Yet, there is a way to select all the photos you wish to delete quickly. Here is how.

  1. Tap on one photo – you will see a checkmark
  2. Press this checkmark and scroll down to select multiple photos
How To Delete All Photos From iPhone
  1. Use the other hand to scroll down while still pressing checkmark to select all the photos you wish to delete.

After all the photos you wish to delete are selected, you will see the trash icon in the bottom right corner. Click on it, and the pop-up will appear, notifying you how many photos you’re about to delete and from which files. If everything is alright, confirm the deletion by clicking “Delete”.

Note: This step will only move the photos to the file “Recently Deleted”. To completely deleted photos, go to the “Recently Deleted” folder and erase photos from there as well. If not, the photos will be automatically erased after 30 days. Please note that this step cannot be undone, meaning that after you erase photos from the “Recently Deleted” folder, they are gone for good.

How To Delete All Photos From iPhone

How to delete lots of photos at once using Albums?

If you want to delete photos from the same Album (for example Screenshots), you can do it easily. Enter your Photos and select the Album you want to delete. After you’ve opened it, click on “Select” in the top right corner. Click on “Select all” and on the trash icon. Go to the Recently Deleted folder and remove the Album from there as well. That’s it!

If you delete photos and videos from one device using iCloud, the same photos and videos will be erased from all devices connected to the same iCloud. If you need any further support, you can always visit Apple’s official support website.

If you have any other suggestions, looking forward to reading about them in the comment section below!

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Marom is a senior writer at WIRED specialising on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. A former technology correspondent for Slate, she was also a staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and ASU. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She is a New Yorker who calls the city home.
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