Speed Up Camera Shutter Slowdown On Your iPhone And iPad [iOS Tips]

Speed Up Camera Shutter Slowdown On Your iPhone And iPad [iOS Tips]

C’mon! Hurry up! It’s Justin Beiber!

I don’t know about you, but I spend too much time waiting for the Camera app shutter to open so I can take a photo with my iPhone. The problem with that, of course, is that I miss a lot of shots that way, even when I’m using the lock-screen camera swipe.

Luckily, there’s a simple way to make things move a lot faster when trying to take a quick action shot with your iPhone.

All you really need to do is delete all the pictures on your iPhone or iPad. Just don’t carry them around with you in the Camera Roll, and the Camera shutter will open a lot faster. There are several ways to do this.

Delete them from your iPhone:

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 me.

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 effective.

Or delete them using your Mac:

First of all, be sure to back up all your pictures to your Mac, either via Photostream or iPhoto. Once you’re sure you have them safely ensconced, plug your iPhone into your Mac, and then quit iPhoto, if it’s set to auto launch.

Launch Image Capture from your Applications folder. Image Capture is a much faster in regards to load times, and really makes this process simple. Hit Command-A on your keyboard, or choose Select All from the Edit menu in Image Capture.

Once they’re all selected, click on the red slash button to delete them all. Image Capture will ask you again, with the “are you sure you want to delete all these photos permanently” dialog box. If you’re sure you have a backup, hit the Delete button.
Wait. A long time, if you have a lot of photos. It’s just the nature of the beast. In addition, you won’t be able to cancel this process, so it bears repeating: make sure you have a backup of all your photos!

Once it’s done, you’ll see Image Capture on your Mac’s screen, pristine and photo-less. Congrats, you’ve deleted all your photos from your iPhone. We really hope you had a backup.

Whichever method you choose, let me re-iterate: make sure you have a backup. Get your iPhone and iPad pictures to your Mac or Dropbox or just an external disk.

Once your photos are off your iPhone or iPad, the shutter will take much less time to open, allowing you to catch that action shot when you want to, instead of when your iPhone wants you to.

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  • TylerHoj

    If I saw Justin Beiber I wouldn’t be snapping a photo. I’d be throwing my iPhone at his face.

  • Conor Conay Jackson

    “C’mon! Hurry up! It’s Justin Beiber!”

    Okay, okay! But these guns are hard to operate…

  • manucisneros78

    If I saw Justin Beiber I wouldn’t be snapping a photo. I’d be throwing my iPhone at his face.

    Come on! That is so rude! Why would you do that to that poor, little, delicated and beautiful iPhone? Get an Android for that!

  • raywongy

    Um, I bought all that storage to KEEP MY photos ON my iPhone. That’s so stupid.

  • thegraphicmac

    Um, I bought all that storage to KEEP MY photos ON my iPhone. That’s so stupid.

    No, it’s not stupid – but the question of whether you are is up for debate. Read the article again. It doesn’t say you can’t keep the photos on your phone, it says you should delete them from your CAMERA ROLL. Put them in the PHOTO LIBRARY and you’re good to go.

  • hanhothi

    Um, I bought all that storage to KEEP MY photos ON my iPhone. That’s so stupid.

    I keep all my photos on the brilliant app Photo Manager Pro. It is everything that the crappy Camera Roll should have been.

  • John Frum

    The article implies that you have to delete all of tour photos to get any (and all of the) benefit. Presumably, the effect is linear: deleting 50% of your photos will improve things 50%, and deleting 90% of your photos will improve things 90%.

  • sderic

    is it still fast if you have photostream filled with your photos? As long I have access to them in PS, I don’t need them on camera roll.

  • MacHead84

    is it still fast if you have photostream filled with your photos? As long I have access to them in PS, I don’t need them on camera roll.

    Photo stream only holds the photos for 30 days….if you restore your phone you will lose photo stream photos that are older than 30 days. The PS folder on you phone will keep them their until you save them to your actual photo album but it will not act as a photo album itself. Its not backed up each night, the photos are non saved temp photos

  • SamuelGrantS

    I’ve been meaning to delete 1,700 pics off of my phone, it was cluttering up my 16 gig 4S. However, I wasn’t sure how to easily delete all of them at once. Thank you SO much for this post, I had no idea this magical Image Capture app existed! My camera works MUCH faster now and I have 5 gigs available to use!

  • Gary McRoberts
    Um, I bought all that storage to KEEP MY photos ON my iPhone. That’s so stupid.

    No, it’s not stupid – but the question of whether you are is up for debate. Read the article again. It doesn’t say you can’t keep the photos on your phone, it says you should delete them from your CAMERA ROLL. Put them in the PHOTO LIBRARY and you’re good to go.

    Before you call people stupid you may want to know what you are talking about. There is no such thing as a photo library on the iphone, if you delete photos from your Camera Roll they delete from there and any other folder etc. that you put them in.

  • Frank Malloy

    The question becomes -

    Why the HELL does the amount of photos are stored on your phone have any bearing on how fast the camera is ready?

    Seems to me a well-written camera app shouldn’t care whatsoever.

    This is a BUG.

  • technochick

    The question becomes -

    Why the HELL does the amount of photos are stored on your phone have any bearing on how fast the camera is ready?

    Seems to me a well-written camera app shouldn’t care whatsoever.

    This is a BUG.

    No it’s not a bug and it’s not just photos. It’s too much stuff in general.

    Remember he iPhone isn’t really a phone that does other stuff, it’s a hand held computer that happens to make phone calls. As such it has the same RAM usage etc as a computer. Including using your hard drive as a kind of virtual memory system. If you have a ton of stuff on your phone you reduce what space there is for VM to work. Which is vital if you are using a lot of third party apps since they aren’t all written properly to release their memory and thus they lock up the vastly limited RAM in the phone.

    It is good, even great to actually totally purge your phone periodically of massive photo collections, text histories (SMS was never meant to be a kept forever thing), caches etc. easiest way to do this is to sync your stuff to a computer, erase your phone and set it up as new. This purges any corrupted files caused by those badly written apps and reduces app crashes, button and touch response issues etc. so much so that it is the mandated first response if you go for tech support for like 99% of issues.

  • technochick
    Um, I bought all that storage to KEEP MY photos ON my iPhone. That’s so stupid.

    No, it’s not stupid – but the question of whether you are is up for debate. Read the article again. It doesn’t say you can’t keep the photos on your phone, it says you should delete them from your CAMERA ROLL. Put them in the PHOTO LIBRARY and you’re good to go.

    Before you call people stupid you may want to know what you are talking about. There is no such thing as a photo library on the iphone, if you delete photos from your Camera Roll they delete from there and any other folder etc. that you put them in.

    Take your own advice. There is in fact a ‘photo library’ and no it isn’t deleted with the camera roll. Go sync photos from your computer and see where they end up. Photo Library.

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