How to Mass Delete Photos from iPhone

Removing large collections of photos from your iPhone is a great way to free up storage. And if you’ve already downloaded those pictures to your computer, then there’s no reason not to. Furthermore, you can easily select multiple photos by dragging, just like you would with a mouse on the computer. That feature on iPhone makes removing lots of, or just a few, images quick and easy. Here’s how to delete photos from your iPhone.

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How to Bulk Delete Photos from iPhone:

  • Open the Photos app.

  • Select the album you want to delete photos from. Either the Camera Roll or All Photos album is likely easiest.

  • Tap Select in the upper right corner.

  • You can select individual photos by tapping each,

  • OR you can select many by dragging your finger across the many you want to select and delete. (For example, drag your finger across a line and [without lifting your finger] drag up. Doing so will select all the photos within those columns and rows.)

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  • Tap the trash can icon in the bottom right corner.

  • A pop up will tell you from what albums the photos will be removed from. Confirm Delete # Photos.

This multi-select drag feature in the Photos app makes deleting mass amounts of photos faster than ever before. But if you have an even larger number of photos to delete, check out part two of this tip below.

How to Delete Entire Moments from iPhone

An alternative option you have is to delete Moments in the iPhone Photos app. This can be particularly helpful if you’re simply trying to delete as many photos as possible after saving them to a computer. Instead of having to drag your finger all the way up your screen, you can simply select Moments to delete. Here’s how:

  • Open the Photos app on iPhone.

  • At the bottom, tap Photos.

  • You may automatically find yourself in Moments (at the top). If not, you’ll be in Years of Collections. Select the year, select the specific collection and you’ll be able to view all of the moments within a collection.

  • For example, I’ll select the year 2014. Then I’ll select my collection, Wayland & Fairfield from Jan 4–Mar 10.

  • Now I’m in Moments. From here, I'll tap Select in the upper right corner.

  • You’ll see Select next to each Moment.

  • You can select as many Moments as you want. Then tap the trash can icon in the bottom right corner.

  • Confirm Delete # Photos.

Which of the two methods above you choose for deleting photos from your iPhone depends largely on how many photos you want to delete. For extra large amounts, Moments is probably the quickest way to delete simply because you can delete whole Moments with one tap versus dragging to select your entire Camera Roll.

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