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Can't delete photos on iPad

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mrb55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 18, 2010 12:55 AM
I can not seem delete photos on my ipad. I can text them email them copy them .... but no delete them. Am I missing something?
Mark
imac & ipad, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)
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    Apr 18, 2010 4:38 AM (in response to mrb55)
    No you can't delete photos on the iPad.
    You mange the content of your iPad from iTunes.

    iPad User Guide is here :-

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/iPad_UserGuide.pdf

    If you want to suggest it a a feature use the form here :-

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

    Ian
    24" iMac C2D 2.8Ghz, Au MacBook 2.4Ghz, 16GB iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • StevePug2 Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
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    Apr 18, 2010 8:23 PM (in response to mrb55)
    You can only delete photos from the Saved Photos album. On the iPhone, all photos taken with the camera went there. The only way, it seems, to get photos there on the iPad is from Safari or from email. Only a sync can delete from the Photo Library album and that's the only way to get them there too.
    iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • Geoff Kaiser Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Apr 18, 2010 11:43 PM (in response to StevePug2)
    You're half right, Steve. There are many 3rd party iPad apps that can send photos to the iPad's 'Photos' library, not just the Apple ones. But I think you're correct about not being able to delete them from the Photos library from the iPad itself.

    Alternatively, if you bypass 'Photos' and use a 3rd party file browser app such as AirSharing, you can send files to the iPad wirelessly and then delete them from the iPad at any time.
  • StevePug2 Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
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    Apr 20, 2010 9:12 PM (in response to Geoff Kaiser)
    I'm pretty sure those apps load photos only to the Saved Photos album, not the Photo Library album which seems accessible and controllable only through an iTunes sync. I think Apple wants the Photo Library under strict control. The only way to change it is through an iTunes sync.
    iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,440 points)
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    Apr 21, 2010 1:04 AM (in response to mrb55)
    Open photo app.
    Select photo(opening it in full screen), press the icon of the garbage can in the upper right.
    When the big red button appears, saying "delete photo", press it.
    20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz;4GB RAM;Nvidia 9400, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 3GS iPhone-Mac Mini Core2 Duo 2Ghz; 2GB RAM Eyetv w/USB HYbrid
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)
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    Apr 21, 2010 1:28 AM (in response to Johnathan Burger)
    Johnathan Burger wrote:
    Open photo app.
    Select photo(opening it in full screen), press the icon of the garbage can in the upper right.
    When the big red button appears, saying "delete photo", press it.


    Does that work in every album?
    24" iMac C2D 2.8Ghz, Au MacBook 2.4Ghz, 16GB iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • EmbeddedGeek Calculating status...
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    Apr 21, 2010 2:00 AM (in response to mrb55)
    ***!!!! I hadn't noticed that!

    WOW - thats terrible.

    maybe i need to drop this into the blender

    The system has the interface to manage the content. After the initial registration (done at the store) iTunes needn't be involved (it shouldnt be thene either).

    Gha!! What a terrible debacle!!!
    You'd have to ask - the list is too large
  • Combatdoc Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2010 8:16 PM (in response to EmbeddedGeek)
    There is another way, but it may only work with "events" on the iPad. You can edit the album when you click on it and it will have some options in the upper left hand corner. You can tap to select photos then hit the Delete option and it will delete all the selected photos.

    I couldn't find this option in Photos, but it was there in Albums for "saved Photos" as well, but not the other albums. Only copy and email.
    MBP 5,5 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2), MB 2008 13", iPhone 3.1.2
  • kayp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 4, 2010 5:48 AM (in response to Combatdoc)
    Do not have a delete option anywhere on my ipad. read that I have to delete all photos and start over. I don't know how to delete all photos either!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Iphone 3G with 3.0.1, Ipad 3G
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)
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    May 4, 2010 5:53 AM (in response to kayp)
    kayp wrote:
    Do not have a delete option anywhere on my ipad. read that I have to delete all photos and start over. I don't know how to delete all photos either!


    You do it by not syncing them to the iPad in iTunes (the way you got them on there in the first place).
    24" iMac C2D 2.8Ghz, Au MacBook 2.4Ghz, 16GB iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • kayp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 4, 2010 2:20 PM (in response to Ian Parkinson)
    Thanks! I erased them all, then redid it. Easy
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Iphone 3G with 3.0.1, Ipad 3G
  • rhaeger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 5, 2010 6:54 AM (in response to kayp)
    There should be a functional "delete" button, just like mail. This is a problem Apple should fix. Why put a delete button above the photo list if it doesn't work?

    Also, having to manage this in iTunes isn't very efficient, since you can only import at the event level.
    iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • b2darizzle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 21, 2010 4:18 PM (in response to rhaeger)
    I definately agree. What a pain - load up iTunes, spend an hour uploading your photo library from your desktop to your iPad - and after that, you can't even delete the pics you don't want straight from the touch-screen iPad? Lame.
  • w7ox Level 4 Level 4 (2,385 points)
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    May 21, 2010 6:17 PM (in response to b2darizzle)
    I just deleted all the photos on my iPad .. from the iPad video app.

    Apparently the difference is that they were all loaded direct from SD card using the Camera Kit.

    Phil
    MacBook Al 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Dell Win7 Desktop ; iPhone 3G[S], OS 3.1.3; iPad 3G 64
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