Apr 08


This is a crazy oversight by Apple, but there’s no obvious way to delete all the photos off your iPhone. Digital Cameras usually have a ‘delete all photos’ option but the iPhone doesn’t. If you don’t delete them when you sync them to iPhoto, it’s hard to get rid of them.

Here are 2 ways to do it.

The problem with Apple’s suggested way of deleting photos.


This is what Apple suggest on their help site:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap the photo or video that you want to delete.
  3. Tap  > Delete Photo.

The problem with this is that you need to do this for every single photo. This takes a long time if you have 600 photos like I did!

Here’s I much better way.

A better way to delete photos from your iPhone.


In the utilities folder on your Mac computer you will  find an application called “Image Capture”.  It is made by Apple, and it will allow you to delete all the photos of your iPhone as follows:

  1. Plug in your iPhone  to your computer.  If Photos and iTunes open just quit them.
  2. Open the ‘Image Capture’ app.

  3. Select all the photos that you want to delete.  
    (To select them all in one go click on the top photo, scroll down to the bottom and then shift – click on the bottom photo to select them all.)
  4.  Click on the no smoking icon that is in black. It looks like a circle with a line through it. For some reason Apple thought this was a good symbol to delete instead of using the normal trash symbol,  I have no idea why they would do this.
  5. All your photos will be deleted – it’s that easy!

    Thanks to Dan (below)  for this great which was actually better than the method  that I suggested.




Another way.


If for some reason you can’t find the ‘Image Capture’ app, here is an another way to delete all the photos from your iPhone.

  1. Plug your phone to your mac via USB then in iTunes  go to ‘Photos.’

2. Select ‘Sync photos from iPhoto’.

3. Choose ‘selected photos’ (not all photos) but don’t select any photos or photo albums.

4. When you sync it will erase all photos from your iPhone.



3 Responses to “How to delete all the photos off your iPhone or iPad”

  1. John says:

    Apple has pushed an update out that lets you delete pictures in bulk, not exactly “delete all” but def a lot faster.

  2. Dan says:

    Better still, why not plug in your iPhone, open Image Capture, select everything, and delete by clicking the universal “don’t do this” icon? Saves the time of reimporting everything, and, more importantly, won’t screw up people who might not have the disk space for a full reimport (I’m lookin’ at you, MBAir owners!).

  3. Peter says:

    Using the Image Capture app worked like a charm. I was able to easily download everything into and archive on and external HD and then quickly delete all but my most recent pictures. Now I have oodles of space again. Thank goodness!!

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