14 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2010 8:18 AM by r-e-l
chocolatecookies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've wasted an hour trying to figure out how to delete photos from my iPad.

How can I do so?

iPad, Windows Vista
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    You need to hook it up to itunes in your notebook or desktop computer to take them off your iPad. Once your iPad synchs you can go into various tabs under the device and can check or un check boxes to control what goes own your iPad. Remember to hit apply after you make any changes.
  • chocolatecookies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Could you please be more specific? Which tabs? Uncheck/check which boxes? I still don't know how to delete photos.
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    chocolatecookies wrote:
    Could you please be more specific? Which tabs? Uncheck/check which boxes? I still don't know how to delete photos.

    you first hook up your ipad to your computer with the cable that came with it. It should brined up itunes on your computer. on the left side there is a category that says "devices" and should show your ipad (whatever you have it named). When you first hook it up it automatically synchs - so wait for that. Be sure you select the device tab on the left for your ipad. on that screen on your computer are a bunch of tabs at the top...they are called ...Summary, info, apps, music, movies, etc... Go to the one marked Photos. Under that you can choose between two choices in controlling what goes on your ipad. The first is "All albums, events, faces, etc The second is Selected Albums, events, faces, etc. Select the second one. Now you can go below that under albums and events and then you can choose (put a check mark) in the boxes of the things you want to go onto your ipad. If you have it unchecked it will NOT go on your Ipad. If it is already ON your ipad, when you hit the "Apply" button it will synch again and will take those photos OFF of your Ipad.

    HOpe this helps.

    M.
  • chocolatecookies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you very much for your answer - I really appreciate it. However, it doesn't help me because I don't have a Mac and I am using Windows Vista (so i don't have those tabs.) Maybe I'll try contacting a worker at Apple.

    Oh, and I also tried looking for the hard disk of the iPad on my computer, but it doesn't show.
  • Ea$y Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Do you have iTunes on your computer? So when you plug your iphone to the usb (the one provided you when you got your phone), iTunes will power up. Then go to the sync tab, just below the Apps store,etc. U'll see it says sync, hit the tab and it opens. You will see a number of tabs on top-ie: photos, apps, calendar. Tap Photos, then follow the instructions on the above post.
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    Yes you must download and install the free iTunes software available from Apple onto your pc in order to make
    Any changes to your iPad. surely you must have done this when you set your new iPad up ?!!
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    ....also ...you Can Not access the flash drive on the iPad from your computer like you would an external hard drive. You MUST do it through Itunes. Sounds like you could benefit from a visit to your local Apple store.

    Good luck!
  • chocolatecookies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Of course I have iTunes. I have an iPod touch and an iPod classic, which I have no problem deleting photos off of.
    I do have the <photos> tab for my iPad, but all those events/faces things are solely available to users of Macs (apparently both of you have macs)! It seems like there's no way for me to delete photos selectively on the iPad.
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    I have to admit that I have not used iTunes on a windows machine for awhile, but I can't believe that
    You woud not have these same tabs. You may want to check over at the iTunes forums or go to the apple website and check under support iTunes or go to an apple store in your area. I have a feeling if I was sitting right next to you I could help you....:).....but....

    Assuming you have downloaded the most recent ver of iTunes

    Good luck!
  • Steve Holton Level 4 Level 4 (1,025 points)
    The IPad distinguishes between two "classes" of photos:

    1. Photos Synced from the computer to the iPad. These photos can only be deleted on the iPad, by removing them from the photos to be synced in iTunes, and then syncing again. This will remove these photos. There is no way to delete them on the iPad. Can only be done from iTunes.

    2. Photos imported onto the iPad via the Camera Connection kit or crated on the iPad - screenshots for example - these can be deleted on the iPad.

    Hope this helps.

    Steve
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    chocolatecookies wrote:
    Of course I have iTunes. I have an iPod touch and an iPod classic, which I have no problem deleting photos off of.
    I do have the <photos> tab for my iPad, but all those events/faces things are solely available to users of Macs (apparently both of you have macs)! It seems like there's no way for me to delete photos selectively on the iPad.


    You can simulate Events on a windows machine by organizing the photos into albums, where an album represents one event. To do this:
    1) Create a master sync folder on your pc with no photo files at the root level of the folder.
    2) Create sub-folders within the master sync folder with the subfolders named what you want the ipad's photo albums to be named. In this example, Event names/dates.
    3) Place the photo files you want to sync in the appropriate subfolder within the master sync folder.
    4) In itunes on your computer, on the photos tab, select the master folder as the sync folder.
    5) After syncing, each subfolder will be an album on the ipad with the proper photos contained there-in.
    6) To delete synced photos on the ipad, you must remove the photos from the sync subfolders, then resync.

    Hope this helps....
  • Pietro Esteves Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    There are three options, if i understood your problem correctly:

    1-If you wanna delete a certain number of photos in an Album, delete or just move those to another folder.
    2-If you wanna delete a whole Album, in the sync part of iTunes (the one with your iPad) go to the Photos tab and select 'Selected Folders'. Select the folders/albums you want and sync!
    3- If you got the pic form the web, it will be saved on the 'Saved Images' on the iPad. Tap the Options button and select the photos you don't want, and then tap 'delete'.

    Hope I helped
    Good luck!
  • Fmilder Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Red555 has it exactly right, and it is really easy once you "get it.". If you are using windows, it is as simple as moving the files or folders (as appropriate) out of the directory that you tell iTunes is the place where you are keeping your photos.

    Of course, ther's something that's a bit not common sense about this. As noted by others, only photos in your saved photos folder can be directly deleted from the iPad. So, when you set up some albums on your iPad, and then you later find that you want to delete a photo, or change the order of your photos, or move a photo to another album, you can't do ANY of these things on the iPad. You have to do them all on your computer and then resync. (and changing the order of the photos on a PC, requires you to get a program like attribute magic, besides.
  • r-e-l Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    took me some time to figure it out as well. Once you understand you dont really copy or transfer pictures to your iPad but all you do is sync between your iPad and folders on your computer, you realize that you actually manage the content of the iPad on your computer and when you sync, its mirroring what you have on the PC/Mac.

    This is cumbersome process as it does mean you need to have dedicated folders (in case you want to have only specific set of pictures showing on your iPad)but I guess people get quickly used to it ...