9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2009 6:52 AM by drosen77
TelaMoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I know that we have the option to delete photos off iPhone after we import into iPhoto... but sometimes I want to keep some on my phone so I don't choose the delete option. Unfortuantely, I am left with having to go through each photo and erase them one by one... has anyone come up with a way to delete multiple photos off the iPhone once you've chosen not to delete them immediately after importing them? Cannot understand why this hasn't/wouldn't have come up... it seems like an obvious need. They managed to simplify the email deleting situation, why not photos?

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  • 1. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    TelaMoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    ok... so I found the answer to my own question and thought others might like to know...
    I found this on another site... i hope we are allowed to do this
    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080914114514203&mode=print

    Basically what it say is to connect your iPhone to your computer, launch Image Capture, load your photos, then have it automatically erase your photos after importing... (this is under options) It was very simple, very quick and very much appreciated.

    Putting photos back on iPhone... If you want some photos back on your iPhone, what I do is email them to myself then open the email on my iPhone, a have select save the images...
  • 2. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    Tbo6652 Level 4 Level 4 (1,070 points)
    easier way to get pictures back on to the iPhone is to simply make a folder on your computer, add the pictures you want back on your iPhone and then sync it to the iPhone....you will then have your "camera roll" folder on your iPhone, which will have the pictures you take from then on, and also a "folder sync'd from the computer" folder on your phone
  • 3. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)
    Putting photos back on iPhone... If you want some photos back on your iPhone, what I do is email them to myself then open the email on my iPhone, a have select save the images...


    If you use iPhoto for importing photos from a digital camera including from your iPhone and for storing all photos on your Mac, you can create an iPhoto album or multiple albums. Place the photos from your iPhoto library in the designated iPhoto album that you want transferred to your iPhone.

    Under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences, select sync photos from iPhoto.

    Choose Selected Albums and then select the iPhoto albums that you want transferred to your iPhone. Select Apply followed by syncing.

    If you want to transfer additional photos to your iPhone, place the photos in an iPhoto album that is selected to be transferred to your iPhone under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences followed by a sync. Or create a new iPhoto album for select photos. For any photos that you want removed from your iPhone, remove the photos from the iPhoto album that is selected to be transferred to your iPhone followed by a sync.

    All photos transferred to your iPhone via the iTunes sync process will be stored in your iPhone's Photo Library, and the separate iPhoto albums selected to be transferred will also be available below.

    You can view photos available in an album only by selecting the album, or all photos available on all albums by selecting Photo Library.

    The same applies to iTunes Playlists for music.
  • 4. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    TelaMoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the photo transferring tips!! GREAT! How can I make sure the new photos that I have taken on my iPhone, but haven't put into the iphoto album designated for iphone, don't get erased because they haven't been put in the album yet... hope that makes sense. Im not confident when it comes to the whole syncing process... its still a bit of an enigma to me...
  • 5. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)
    The iTunes sync process does not affect or touch photos in your iPhone's Camera Roll, which is where all photos captured by your iPhone are stored.

    When using iPhoto for the import of photos that were captured by your iPhone, after the photos have been successfully imported by iPhoto, iPhoto will prompt you to erase the photos from your iPhone's Camera Roll, which you can select or decline.

    Accepting this deletes the imported photos from your iPhone's Camera Roll only. The imported photos will remain in iPhoto, where you can place the recently imported photos in an existing iPhoto Album currently selected to be transferred to your iPhone under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences followed by a sync. Or you can create a new iPhoto album and place the recently imported photos in the new iPhoto album. Select the newly created iPhoto album under the Photos tab follwed by a sync.
  • 6. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    EZ-E Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    I agree that it's lame that there's no bulk erase (or photo-by-photo erase) on iPhone. I had the same problem a couple of weeks ago. Took iPhone pix while in Japan, downloaded into iPhoto while there each day, but didn't want to delete from iPhone until I had a chance to Time Machine my hard drive after getting back home. But, then every time I plugged in iPhone to my MBP, iPhoto launched, even though there were no new photos. My solution was (after getting everything backed up) to let iPhoto reimport the photos (import duplicates...apply to all...delete after importing, or some such thing), and then delete the "last import" album after doing so. Seems easier that going into Image Capture.
  • 7. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    bklynbelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    this is great, i have over 12 pics that are making my camera run verrrry slow and just want to chuck the whole batch now. i found that since i opted to not delete them in the past, they are no longer recognized as pics to upload anymore (otherwise i would just upload them all again to iphoto and then click delete all on the camera) at least this is what i have found, anyone else discover something different for all these old pics?

    so, ithought this new info would be great but... for all of us slow people, how do you get to Image Capture in the first place? Is that something already on my mac somewhere or do is it something i need to install? i searched a little bit, but couldn't find anything. thanks
  • 8. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    bklynbelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    oops ha ha. that was suppose to be "over 1,200 pics"
  • 9. Re: Deleting multiple photos off iphone
    drosen77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Here is a relatively easy way to delete multiple photos from an iPhone if you are using a PC. (I don't have a mac so have no idea if this works there.)

    1. Download and install the 4Media's iPod to PC Transfer software. There is a free version as well as a pay version: http://www.mp4converter.net/ipod-to-pc-transfer.html

    2. After installation, and perhaps one run of the software, the iPhone appears in the 'My Computer' folder twice, once as a camera labelled, "Apple iPhone" and once as a System Folder labelled, "iPhone".

    3. Open up the "iPhone" system folder and navigate to /DCIM/101APPLE

    4. All your Camera Roll photos appear there both in jpeg and thumbnail formats. You can select and delete as many as you like. Note that on my machine at least I do not appear to be able to view the images in this directory, butI can easily export them to another directory for viewing.

    Good luck.

    Daniel