How to easily delete a load of photos from your iPhone / iPad after importing/saving them

Want an easy way to delete your photos/videos from your iPhone/iPad to free up storage space?

At the moment iCloud does backup photos but managing them between the cloud and your phone is not very comprehensive.  Also, if you import your photos using iPhoto the ‘delete photos’ option doesn’t seem to work properly. Additionally, selecting all your photo on your iPhone could take a while if you have lots.

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 17.44.58If you would like to easily delete them all (after having moved them to an iPhoto or other backup) the easiest way I’ve found is to:

  1. Connect directly to your Mac
  2. Open up ImageCapture, select your iPhone/Ipad
  3. Select all of the photos/videos listed (apple-A) or Edit Menu -> Select All
  4. Delete by pressing the red delete button: Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 17.47.24
  5. Restart your iPhone/iPad to properly free up the space
  6. This will have deleted photos from your Camera Roll / Photo Library.
  7. Photos will remain in your Photo Stream – as this is synced across iDevices (and contributed to from potentially more than one device).  You can remove photos from this by using these instructions Apple – Delete photos from My Photo Stream.
    1. Photos from iCloud will continue to take up space on your Mac and iPhone/iPad as they are stored locally and synced.



Other options are at:

  1. Stack Exchange – How to delete all photos from the iOS 7 camera roll WITHOUT importing them?
  2. Apple – Delete photos from My Photo Stream

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