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Delete all photos on your iPhone without losing them forever by following these simple steps.
Your iPhone probably doubles as your only camera if you’re like most people. In our snapshot-happy world, photos and videos can take up a lot of storage space. In order to free up space on your iPhone, you may want to learn how to delete all photos.
You don’t have to give up your prized photos completely. Your goal is to delete all photos from your iPhone, not to remove them from existence altogether. Start by saving your favorite photos elsewhere (more on that in a moment). Please don’t worry about accidentally deleting your photos, you can restore them.
Follow these steps to learn how to delete all photos on an iPhone once you’ve saved the images you want to keep. You can hide private photos on your iPhone if space isn’t an issue but you want to keep some images private.
How to back up your iPhone photos
Save a backup of your photos before deleting them from your iPhone, unless you want to completely delete them. Delete photos from your iPhone while signed in to iCloud Photos, and they’ll disappear from other devices as well. Fortunately, there’s a workaround.
You can turn off the iCloud backup of your photos in your iPhone Settings by going to your Apple ID, clicking on “iCloud,” and then selecting “Photos.” Toggle off “iCloud Photos” to delete only from one device. If you turn it back on again, the photos will be synced and deleted. Choose this method only if you want to keep your iPhone photos and iCloud photos separate permanently.
Do you want to continue using iCloud to sync across your devices? Then back up your iPhone photos to your desktop or another cloud storage option, such as Dropbox, before you delete them. Before deleting the rest of the photos, you can always email or AirDrop a few to yourself.
How to delete all photos on your iPhone
In terms of iPhone tricks, this one is super simple. Here are the steps you need to follow.
- On your iPhone, open the Photos app.
- At the bottom of the screen, click “Library.”.
- Select “All Photos.”
- On the right-hand side, tap “Select”.
- Tap and drag your finger up to the top of your screen starting with the last photo. The screen will scroll through your photos as you hold your finger in place, selecting each one with a check mark. You may have to wait a while if you have a lot of saved photographs.
- If you want to delete all your photos, tap the trash button.
How to permanently delete all the photos on your iPhone
Knowing how to delete all photos on your iPhone is different from knowing how to get rid of them permanently. Unless you take a few more steps, your photos will remain in your Recently Deleted album for 30 days. Keep in mind, though, that once a photo is permanently deleted from this album, you cannot get it back.
- Launch the Photos app.
- At the bottom of the screen, click “Albums”.
- You will find the Utilities section at the bottom of the page.
- Go to “Recently Deleted.” and tap it.
- Click “Select” in the upper-right corner.
- In the lower-left corner of your phone, tap “Delete All”.
- Confirm that you want to permanently delete your photos by tapping “Delete” once more.
That’s all there is to it! All photos on your iPhone have now been permanently deleted. Learn how to take a screenshot on an iPhone, record a screen on your iPhone, and edit photos like a pro for more smartphone tricks.