With a camera built into the iPhone, it's easy to get carried away with iPhoneography. It's easy to get carried away taking photos of your travels or selfies with your friends, but it doesn't seem so easy to quickly delete them afterwards if you need to free up space on your iPhone.
Here, we share top tips to help you get rid of unwanted photos fast.
How to delete a single photo on iPhone
We'll start with the easiest way to delete a photo, and that's by simply launching the Photos app, tapping on the photo you want to delete and clicking the trash icon.
This will then prompt a confirmation before moving it to your 'Recently Deleted' folder, where it's stored for 30 days and then is gone for good.
If you want to completely delete a photo rather than keep it in your 'Recently Deleted' folder, you'll need to navigate to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted and then tap Select in the top right corner, and choosing the image again.
To delete every photo in your 'Recently Deleted' folder, tap Select and then Delete All.
How to delete multiple photos on an iPhone
If you want to delete more than one photo at once, you can tap Select in the top right corner of the Photos app when you're in Photos, Memories or Shared, choose the photos you want to delete, and then tap the Trash icon.
To make your life a little easier, you can tap and drag your finger on the screen to select adjacent photos more quickly.
If you simply want to remove all of a particular image or video type (screenshot, burst, selfie, live photo, depth effect, panorama, time-lapse and slow-mo), simply head to Albums and select the relevant folder.
Once in the folder, tap Select in the top-right of the screen, then tap Select All and then finally tap the trash icon to delete them. It's worth pointing out that this only works for Apple's smart folders and not folders created manually.
As with any photos deleted on iOS, they'll be stored in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days unless you use the method described previously to permanently delete them.
How to delete an Album on an iPhone
You can delete albums from iPhone by navigating to Photos > Albums > Edit and then tap the red circle that appears. Doing so doesn't actually get rid of the photos within them, though. Instead it removes the album and puts all of the photos that were in it into the default Camera Roll.
Note that not all albums are deletable. Apple has locked albums such as Favourites, Videos, Selfies, Screenshots and more.
How to delete all photos and videos on an iPhone
Now you know how to delete single- multiple- and whole albums full of photos and videos, but what if you want to delete every single photo and video on your iPhone? While we show you how to do that using a Mac or a PC below, there's a way to do it without any additional hardware. How? Google Photos.
It's not very often that you'll see Macworld UK recommending Google products, but Google Photos is a great app. It provides unlimited photo and video backup via a smart compression technique; you won't notice any drop in quality, but the photos are compressed.
Simply download Google Photos from the App Store, sign in with your Google account and back up your photo and video library. Depending on the size of your media library, this could take some time.
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten that you want to delete everything, just bear with us. It's once all photos and videos are backed up to Google's cloud storage that the real magic can begin. You see, in addition to providing cloud storage for iOS users, Google also offers the ability to delete all photos and videos from your iPhone that have been backed up in a single tap.
To do this, open the Google Photos app, tap the menu icon in the top-left of the display and tap Settings > Manage Device Storage > Free Up Space.
It'll then search your library for photos and videos that have already been backed up to Google Photos, and present you with a final confirmation before removing the items. If you're sure you want to delete them, tap Remove (and give Google Photos permission to delete the photos) and they'll be removed from your Camera Roll.
The final step is to head into the Photos app, access the Recently Deleted folder and delete everything within. It's as easy as that.
How to delete iPhone photos using a Mac
All Macs have a hidden gem for deleting photos from your iPhone too. Image Capture is a simple yet useful program that lets you very quickly delete photos permanently from your iPhone.
Open Image Capture and ensure your iPhone knows that it can trust your Mac (usually a popup will appear on your iPhone asking you to confirm that you trust the Mac). You'll see your iPhone photos appear in the app.
To delete them all, hit Command + A on your keyboard or select them with your mouse and then click the small red circular icon next to Import To at the bottom of the window. You'll be then prompted to confirm the deletion.
You could also use iPhoto or Photos (iPhoto is replaced by Photos if you've upgraded your Mac beyond OS X 10.10.3) to delete images from an iPhone too. It isn't as fast as using Image Capture but you'll have the ability to recover the images more easily should you accidentally delete them.
How to delete iPhone photos using a Windows PC
If you're on a Windows PC, the process is very straight forward. Plug in your iPhone to your PC and ensure you Trust/Allow the PC to access your iPhone.
Once connected navigate to your iPhone's DCIM photo folder within Windows Explorer and simply select your photos you wish to delete or CTRL+A to select all and delete them through right clicking or SHIFT+DEL to permanently delete them off your iPhone.
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