How to Delete Multiple Photos from Your iPhone

Deleting photos one by one can be a pain. Learn how to mass delete photos from your iPhone and save yourself some serious time.

Removing large collections of photos from your iPhone is a great way to free up storage. The Photos app makes it easy to delete large numbers of photos at once by swiping to select multiple photos in an album or deleting large clusters of photos called moments by drilling down to specific dates and places. If you're wondering why there's no Moments tab on your iPhone, or you just want a simple way to delete bulk photos while you're on the go, then you've come to the right place. Here’s how to delete photos from your iPhone.

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How to Bulk Delete Photos from Your iPhone:

Sometimes, you want to delete a lot of photos to free up space or stay organized while you're on the go. The Photos app on the iPhone makes it easy to delete bulk pictures from iCloud and local storage. Here's how to delete individual photos in bulk from the All Photos album inside the Photos app.

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Go to the Albums tab.

  3. Select Recent to view your entire camera roll.

  4. Tap Select in the upper right corner.

  5. You can tap individual photos to select photos one at a time.

  6. To select several photos at once, swipe your finger across rows of photos you want to delete. Make sure you swipe horizontally first as swiping vertically will cause the album to scroll up or down. Once you have swiped horizontally you will be able to swipe vertically without scrolling. Selected photos will display a blue check mark.

  7. To deselect photos, simply tap those individual photos or swipe across an entire row to remove the blue check marks.

  8. Tap the trash icon in the bottom right corner.

  9. A pop-up will ask you to confirm that you want to delete the selected photos from iCloud, Photo Stream, and any other albums containing the photos you are deleting. Tap Delete [#] Photos to confirm. 

If you have an even larger number of bulk photos to delete, check out how to delete photo albums from your iPhone.

How to Rescue Photos Deleted by Accident

If you accidentally deleted a photo you meant to keep, fear not! iCloud saves any images you deleted over the last 30 days in the Recently Deleted Album of your Photos app. You can use Recently Deleted to restore deleted photos or empty Recently Deleted if you don't want that data counting against your iCloud storage limit. Here's how to navigate the Recently Deleted album to either rescue or remove the data from recently deleted photos.

  1. Navigate to the Albums tab inside the Photos app.

  2. Scroll down to Utilities and select Recently Deleted.

  3. Tap Select on the top right.

  4. You can select individual photos to delete by tapping photos one at a time. Once you are finished selecting, tap Delete on the bottom left.

  5. If you're wondering how to delete all photos from your iPhone's Recently Deleted album instead, just tap Delete All.

  6. When prompted, confirm the deletion by tapping Delete [#] Photos.

To recover photos from the Recently Deleted Album:

  1. Navigate to the Albums tab inside the Photos app.

  2. Scroll down to Utilities and select Recently Deleted.

  3. Tap Select on the top right.

  4. You can select individual photos to restore by tapping photos one at a time. Once you are finished selecting, tap Recover on the bottom right.

  5. Instead of selecting individual photos, you can restore all the photos at once by tapping Recover All on the bottom right.

  6. When prompted, confirm the restoration by tapping Recover [#] Photos.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.