- To delete all photos on your iPhone, open the Photos app, select all photos, and delete them.
- To permanently delete your photos, go to the “Recently Deleted” folder in the Photos app.
- As long as iCloud sync is enabled, any photos you delete on iPhone will be deleted on iCloud.
Compared to photos and videos, virtually everything else on your iPhone takes hardly any space at all. So when your phone is running low on space, it’s your collection of photos and videos that may be the first to go.
If you need to reclaim a lot of space in a hurry, you can selectively delete certain photos and videos – but you’ll reclaim the most space by deleting all of your images in one fell swoop.
The problem? Apple doesn’t give you a “select all” option to delete all of your photos at once. That means you need to employ a little trick to do it.
How to delete all the photos on your iPhone at once
1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
2. Tap the Library in the bottom left corner to see all your photos.
3. Tap Select in the top right corner of the screen.
4. Lightly tap the very bottom photo and then, without lifting your finger, slide all the way to the left and then drag up to the top of the title bar at the top of the screen. Your finger should end up on top of the clock in the upper left corner. Leave your finger there as the photos get selected as they scroll up – it will take a while, especially if you have a lot of photos on your phone.
Quick tip: You’ll see a running list of how many photos are selected in the middle of the title bar.
5. When all the photos are selected, tap the trash bin icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
6. Confirm that you want to delete these photos by tapping Delete ## Items (where ## is the total number of photos you are about to delete).
Important: If you want to delete photos from your phone but not on iCloud, make sure you’ve disabled iCloud sync for photos.
How to permanently delete all of your iPhone photos
At this point, all of your photos have been moved to the “Recently Deleted” folder on your iPhone. If you don’t do anything else, iOS will purge them from your phone in 30 days. But to delete them and reclaim the space immediately, you need to empty this folder.
1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
2. Tap Albums in the bottom menu.
3. Scroll down to the Utilities section and tap Recently Deleted.
4. Tap Select in the top right corner of the screen.
5. Tap Delete All in the bottom left corner of the screen.
6. Confirm that you want to delete these photos by tapping Delete ## Items (where ## is the total number of photos you are about to delete permanently from your phone.)
Note: If you deleted photos by mistake, you can restore them from here as well.
How to delete photos from iCloud
If your iCloud storage is getting low because photos are piling up, you can delete the iCloud iPhotos on your iPhone.
However, for this to work, iCloud sync needs to be enabled for your Photos.
How to save your photos even if you delete them
Even if you need to reclaim all of the photo and video storage space on your iPhone, the good news is that it’s easy to preserve all of your photos in the cloud – and still have access to them on your phone almost as easily as if they are still in the Photos app.
Dropbox, Google Photos, and OneDrive all offer the option to automatically back up all of your photos and videos online, in the background, so you never have to think about. To do this, just install the cloud storage app of your choice and configure it to automatically save your photos for you. There are many advantages to doing this:
- You always have immediate access to your iPhone’s photos on any device, including your home computer, just by logging into the appropriate cloud service in a web browser.
- You get an automatic backup of your iPhone’s photos.
- To save storage space, you can delete all of your photos from your iPhone and still be able to browse and view photos and videos via the cloud app.