Delete A Bunch Of Photos Right From Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Delete A Bunch Of Photos Right From Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

As we mentioned in yesterday’s tip, sometimes you need to just clear out some space from your iPhone or iPad to make room for new photos as they come in, whether you’re taking them on the device itself or using PhotoStream. As one commenter mentioned yesterday, all these different sources of photos tend to make the number of them add up.

But what if you just want to dump a bunch of photos at once, say, while you’re away from the computer? Turns out, it’s just as easy as pie. Or cake. Whatever.

Simply open up the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Tap on the Camera Roll, and then the little swoopy Share button in the upper right. Yeah, we know it’s odd to tap the Share button to get rid of stuff, but bear with us.

When you tap the Share button, you’ll then be able to tap as many photos as you want to delete. They’ll get a little checkmark next to them. Once you’ve tapped all the ones you want to get rid of, tap the Delete button in the lower right.

Your iPhone will delete the photos, right away, just like that. It’s a great way to delete some photos on the go, and quite a bit faster than using Image Capture or iPhoto. If you need to get rid of a bunch of photos (say, all of them), it’s gonna be faster to use your Mac.

You can delete photos one at a time by just tapping on the photo itself in the Photos app, then hitting the little trash can icon. Simple, yet effecting.

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  • ilpappas

    Great tip. LOL LOL LOL

  • Sean Carney

    Wow you’re kidding?

  • Koban4max

    Rob…I can see why COM hired you….for a good laugh…at you….

  • technochick

    It’s only odd if you call it the Share button. Action button is a better, less odd, term

  • technochick

    Wow you’re kidding?

    Not everyone who reads the site is the great tech genius you are.

  • Koban4max

    well..it’s good tip for those who don’t know.

  • zviivz

    This is great! I didn’t realize we have the ability to delete multiple photos. Works with Photo Stream too.

  • mateus109

    Wow, the iPhone has been out for years and until reading this tip I didn’t know how to delete multiple photos… not! LOL. Next week COM gives you tips on how to make a phone call – there’s an app for that.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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