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Quickest ways how to delete all photos from your iPhone!

A large amount of space on our phones tends to be taken up by photos. When your phone is running low on space, cleaning up the photos and videos is the easiest thing to do first. However, Apple doesn’t give you a “select all” option to delete all of your photos at once in a hurry. Then how to delete all photos from iPhone? Let Bonna Mobile help you find out some ways you can try out to selectively or thoroughly clean your photo albums.

How to delete single or multiple photos?

Deleting single or multiple photos can’t be easier to do. Following the below steps:

1. Open Photos

2. Tap “Select” at the top right corner

3. Tap the single photo, or multiple photos, or slide your finger across multiple photos to quickly select them

4. Tap the Trash button, then confirm to delete the items.

Remember, when you delete multiple photos on iPhone, they won’t be completely deleted but go to your Recently Deleted album for 30 days. After that, they’ll be permanently deleted. So if you need to use the deleted ones again, go to Recently Deleted album > Tap the Photo you choose > Tap Recover then confirm to bring it back to your Library.

Delete duplicate photos

Have you ever screenshot or saved the same photos without remembering saving them before? With this feature on iOS 16, it helps identify duplicate photos so you can quickly clean up your library and save your iPhone capacity. Following these steps to do so:

Photos > Albums > Navigate to Utilities section > Tap the Duplicates album > Tap Merge to combine the duplicates > Tap Merge [Number] Items to confirm.

When you merge duplicate photos, your phone will combine the highest image quality to keep only one photo in your library. The other duplicate photos are moved to your Recently Deleted album.


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How to Delete All photos from iPhone?

Selecting every picture in a large Photos library would be slow and annoying if you tap each one. Even with the swipe method, it takes several minutes. Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut or feature that allows you to select all photos. Try out the following ways at your most convenient.

Delete iPhone photos manually

Similar to deleting process of one or multiple items, all you need to do is:

1. Tap the top of the iPhone’s screen to instantly scroll to the top of the Photos library.

2. Tap the Select button at the top-right.

3. Starting with the top-left thumbnail, press and swipe down diagonally to the right, try to keep your finger stuck the screen near the bottom edge without sliding off.

4. As the iPhone keeps scrolling down, more and more pictures will be selected to the latest ones. Then tap the Trash button and confirm to delete the items.


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Delete iPhone photos from a Mac

Compared to deleting all photos manually on your iPhone, you might find it’s easier to delete them from your computer. If you’re a Mac user, this is quite a simple process.

1. Connect your iPhone with a USB cable

2. Open Photos (or it should be opened automatically). A new window should be opening displaying your iPhone photos

3. Press Command + A to select every photo, and then press the delete button

Just like on iPhone Photos, your photos won’t be immediately deleted permanently but moved to the Recently Deleted folder. To delete all photos permanently, head to that folder and select all.

delete multiple photos on iphone

Delete iPhone photos from a Windows PC

On Windows PC, plug your iPhone in and find it in the iPhone folder in the Internal Storage; then open the DCIM folder within that. This folder contains all of the photos on your iPhone. Just simply select which photos you want to delete, or press Ctrl + A to select all of them, and then right-click and select delete, or press Shift + Del.

This will immediately remove your iPhone photos permanently, so be cautious as you can’t restore anything you deleted.


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Backup before you delete

It’s important to make sure that you’ve securely backed up your photos elsewhere before removing them from your device permanently. There are 2 ways you can rely on: iCloud and computers.

Store on iCloud Photos

If your iCloud Photos is turned on, any photo you’ve taken on your iPhone will have already been automatically uploaded to your Apple iCloud storage. However, any photo you delete on your phone will automatically be deleted from your iCloud account if you have syncing turned on. Therefore, when you’ve already synced to back-up your photo, switch the iCloud syncing off before deleting the photos on your device.

To check if iCloud Photo syncing is set up:

Go to Settings > Apple ID section > iCloud > Tap Photos > Toggle iCloud Photos to the right to turn it on.

There are two options for how you store photos on your phone when you turn on iCloud Photos.

  • Download and Keep Originals: Your original, full-sized photos will remain saved on your phone as well as on iCloud—which makes your phone less capacity if you’re wanting to keep more space.
  • Optimize iPhone Storage: Your smaller-sized, lower-quality versions of the photos will be kept on your device while original copies will live in the cloud.
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Store iPhone Photos on Computer

The second way you can do to backup your photos before deleting them on your iPhone is to transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer.

Transfer photos to a Mac

To import photos from your iPhone to your Macbook:

1. Connect your iPhone with a USB cable

2. Open Photos (or it should be opened automatically)

3. Click File in the top menu > Select Import > Import New Photos at the top-right of the window to add them to your Mac.

Transfer photos to a Windows PC

Similarly, to import photos from your iPhone to your Windows PC computer:

1. Plug your iPhone into a Windows 10 PC with a USB cable

2. Open Photos > Click the Import button at the top-right of the Photos window, and a pop-up will appear where you can select which photos to import.

3. Click Continue > Press Import to finish the process.

That’s all on how to delete all photos from iPhone. We hope that you have had thorough knowledge and the right method before deleting all your precious photos permanently. If you find somewhat wrong with your software or hardware when following our steps above, contact us to get your iPhone checked and repaired in 30 minutes.

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