How to delete photos on mac

iphoto-photos-smart-albumI use Smart Albums in iPhoto for a number of reasons, which I plan on covering in an upcoming post, but every once and a while I find a few photos that I’d like to delete. Not just delete from the Smart Album but actually delete from my entire Library. Until today I had not figured out how to do that.

The problem: When you have a photo selected in a Smart Album and you want to delete it the ‘Move to trash’ option in the Photos menu is inactive. I thought I had tried every single key combination I could think of, tried dragging the photo, tried to “find the photo in the Library” (like iTunes can do) and still nothing seemed to work.

The solution: Dom Barnes came to my rescue on Twitter. The magic keystroke is CMD OPT DEL. Or, Command, Option and Delete, when you have the photo(s) selected that you want to delete. This will move those photos to the Trash (even though iPhoto doesn’t show you this option anywhere).

This is going to save me a lot of time. Thanks Dom.

How to select all photos and delete them on iPhone

  1. Open Photos Application.
  2. Go to Albums.
  3. Click Select in the top right corner.
  4. Now you have to select all photos. To quickly select all the photos, touch first the left side, hold your finger on the screen and drag it to the right, then pull it down all the way. In this way, the pictures can be selected at once. This tip will be helpful not only when you delete a photo but when you select photos for social media apps and messengers.

delete pictures from iphone

  1. Click the Trash icon to remove all photos.
  2. Go to the Recently Deleted album and clean up it.

If you use a Mac, then you may find the second tip much easier and more helpful when deleting all the pictures from iPhone or iPad. You will need a free application Phone Cleaner that is designed to free up space on iPhone and find and delete files that have already been copied to a Mac. You can download it from the Mac App Store for Mac and from iTunes for an iOS device.

How To Delete Pictures From iPhone: Ways to Choose

So, when it comes to deleting photos from iPhone, you can use one of the method listed below:

  • Delete one or several photos directly on your iPhone. It’s a simple way to get rid of the items you don’t need anymore.
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So, your steps should be the following:

  1. Go to the Photos app
  2. Look for Moments screen
  3. Hit Select, which you can see once you look at the top-right of the screen.
  4. Choose which pictures you wish to delete by tapping on them.

Here is a tip: to be able to quickly delete numerous photos, you can group Moments.

Here is a tip again: the Photos tab puts your photos in the following order: Years > Collections > Moments.

  1. Send the photos to trash by tapping Trash.

Please note that at this step you will see the message, asking you whether you are sure that you want to delete the icons. Remember that there will be no way back, so make sure to delete only those icons, which have been backed up or which you won’t ever need.

  1. Confirm that you want to delete the pictures.

Here is a tip: removing photos from the Photos app will delete only the icons stored there. Meanwhile, the photos will remain once you look for them in your iPhone and they still will consume your device’s memory. To totally get rid of the unwanted pics, you need to deactivate Photo Stream. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Find there iCloud
  3. Hit Photo.
  4. Once you’ll see the screen, you will need to flick the My Photo Stream switch to Off.

Needless to note, it’s a great way if you need to delete one or several photos from iPhone at once, but you are unlikely to want to use it once you need to delete thousands of items from your Apple device because in this case you will need to tap thousands of times. Not a great perspective, right?

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Still, the key plus of using this technique comparing to removing the icons in your Photo Stream, to my point of view, is that you can get the copies of these photos on iCloud and on all the devices for which the Photo Stream has been enabled. Don’t forget that when you enable Photo Stream again, any photos, which are part of Photo Stream, will be automatically transferred to your phone.

  • Remove multiple icons from your iPhone by means of Mac or other computer.

If you’ve got a Mac, connect your iPhone to your Apple computer with a lightning cable.  Afterwards, import your photos via iPhoto. Choose the icons, which you wish to remove from your device with a help of the mouse. Then, hit Import Selected. Of course, if needed, you can also import all the photo files. A message, asking you if you are sure you wish to delete all pictures from iPhone will occur once all the photo files will be imported. Hit Delete items.

Delete items

And that’s it, all the pics will be removed.

  • Delete pictures from your iPhone by means of special third party utilities for iOS, which allow you to quickly and easily put thousands of photos to trash. One of the most widely used programs is called Purrge.


If you don’t like this particular app, you can enter App Store and find the one that you will adore. Indeed, there are dozens of apps, which can make deleting icons from iPhone a breeze there!

Therefore, the methods described above are currently the best ways to remove photos from your iPhone. By the way, now that you know how to remove photos from iPhone, we’ll reveal you two secrets. Intrigued, right? Have a look!

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Secret number one: these methods can be also used to delete icons from iPad, or iPod touch.

Secret number two: you don’t need to search for how to delete videos from iphone, the listed above method go for videos as well.

Anyway, all your photos and videos are backed up, and now your iPhone is ready for new exciting pictures and videos! Have fun taking them!

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