We all know the basic way to delete photos and videos on our iPhone/iPad. We go to the Photos app, select a photo or a couple of them and tap the Trash icon and we’re done.
But what if we want to delete all the photos and videos in the Photos app at once? There is no ‘Select All’ button here and it seems to be impossible!
Fortunately, there are some pretty easy methods that we can take advantage of to make our life easier. And in this post, I’ll be showing you all of these methods. I’ll also share with you a few useful tips in order to help you manage your photos better.
Let’s dive in.
1. Using your iPhone/iPad only
This method will not help you delete everything at once but it’s still helpful. By performing the following acts, you can grab all the photos taken in a day, keep your favorite ones and delete the rest. Let’s see how to do it.
Step 1: Launch the Photos app, but instead of entering each album, tap on the Photos tab at the bottom left of the screen. This will open up a screen called ‘Moments’.
Step 2: If you see the ‘Years’/’Collections’ screen, just tap on any photo until you see the Moments. Actually, the Photos app organizes your photos and videos by sorting them in these groups. When you tap on a photo, it will navigate to the smaller groups: Years > Collections > Moments.
Step 3: Tap on the Select button at the top right of the screen. Now you can select individual photos, but the best part is that all the Moments have individual Select buttons to the right of their thumbnail as well. These buttons allow you to quickly select all the photos in a Moment then you can delete, share or add the selected photos to an album.
Your device will still keep storing all the deleted photos for 30 days within the Recently Deleted album, in order to prevent you from deleting photos accidentally. To remove your deleted photos permanently, go to Albums > Recently Deleted, then tap on the Select button in the upper right corner. Now you’ll see two buttons ‘Delete All’ and ‘Recover All’ at the bottom of the screen. Just hit ‘Delete all’ to get the job done.
How to select multiple photos with a single tap
[Tip] There is a new nifty feature included in the Photos app in iOS 9 that is often overlooked by users. With this feature, you’ll be able to select multiple photos just by performing a swipe of a finger. Here is how it works:
- Within the Photos app, open the album you want to select photos in.
- Tap on the Select button.
- Tap and drag from one photo through the range of photos that you wish to select. As you drag your finger, the blue checkmark icon will appear on each thumbnail, indicating that the photo is selected.
Watch the video below to see how this feature works:
How to delete all your photos on iPhone/iPad
Update: I’ve discovered a method that allows you to select and delete all photos at once right in your albums. This method is based on using the feature I’ve introduced with you above. Here is how to do it:
- Go to an album and tap Select button to start selecting photos
- Tap and hold on the photo at the bottom (the most recent one) to select it. Then slide in any direction to select one or two more.
- Without lifting your finger, use another finger to tap the status bar. Now you’ll be taken to the top of the album, keep sliding to select the rest.
- Hit the Trash icon to delete all your photos.
2. Deleting from your Mac using Image Capture
You can simply perform the tip I have showed you before to get things done. But if you happen to own a Mac, or your device is running iOS 7, 8, this method is worth checking out.
- Connect your device to your Mac
- Launch Image Capture, select your device from the left sidebar. You’ll see all the photos on your device showing up here.
- Press Command + A to select all the photos and click the Delete button (the prohibitory sign icon between the arrow button and ‘Import To:.’)
- You’ll be prompted to confirm the deletion. Hit Delete.
3. Deleting from your Windows PC
Since Windows just treats the attached iPhone as a hard drive, you can view and delete the photos easily by using File Explorer.
- Plug in your iPhone to your PC. For the first time, you may see a pop-up asking you to trust the PC. Just hit Trust to make your iPhone accessible.
- On your PC, when you see the ‘AutoPlay’ window, select ‘Open device to view files’.
- Now your iPhone will be accessed as a drive, head to the DCIM folder to find the folder that contains your photos.
- Once found, press CTRL + A to select all the photos and press the delete key on your keyboard. All photos are gone!
Conclusion: When it comes to bulk deleting photos on iOS devices, I think these methods are enough for you 🙂 It was impossible to select all the photos in the Photos app at once before. But now with the release of iOS 9 and the new features coming along, you can get your job done within a few seconds by using a little tip. That’s really cool with many users.
So which method you’d like to use? Don’t forget to let me and other readers know your experience in the comment section below!