Maybe you’ve just had a bad breakup and want to (figuratively) burn your old memories away for good. Or maybe you’ve already transferred your Apple Photos to Google Photos, iDrive or another cloud storage tool and don’t need duplicate files clogging up your phone storage.
Whatever your reasons, you can delete all of your photos from your iPhone in one fell swoop. Your selfies, pictures of your cat’s Halloween costume, and all those screenshots you forgot to delete can be a thing of the past.
Needless to say, this means all your photos will be gone – really gone. So consider whether this is the right option for you based on your needs. Without much further ado, let’s see how to clear your photos from your iPhone or iPad.
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How to delete all photos from iPhone
Apple no longer allows you to automatically select ‘All Photos’ and delete them. Yet there is a relatively easy way to select and erase them all, in a process that shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.
- Open the Photos app
- In the Library tab, select All Photos in the navbar at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap Select in the top right.
- From the bottom-right photo, quickly slide your finger left to the bottom-left photo, then straight up to the top of the screen. You’ll see blue checkmarks appear next to each photo, and you’ll slowly select each photo in your library. Don’t hold your finger down too long or swipe straight upwards; this will cause you to move the photo instead of selecting it.
- To speed things up, use a finger from your other hand to swipe downward repeatedly. This will let you select thousands of photos in a matter of seconds.
- Once you’ve selected your entire library, tap the trash can icon in the bottom right, then tap ‘Delete X photos.’
- Select the Albums tab, then scroll down to Utilities to find Recently Deleted photos. Once again, hit Select and scroll up to highlight every photo. Tap Delete in the bottom-left corner, then ‘Delete X Photos‘ to permanently remove them.
If you own an iPad, you can follow the same steps above to delete all the photos on your tablet.
Keep in mind that if you opt to delete photos from Recently Deleted, this can’t be undone. Otherwise, your photos will sit in that folder for 30 days, giving you time to change your mind if you start feeling regrets.
Also, if you back up your photos to iCloud, they’ll disappear from your cloud storage as soon as they’re deleted from your phone. Technically, you can get around this by disabling iCloud photo storage before deleting the photos, but once you reactivate the feature, those photos will immediately vanish.