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Deleting Photos from iPhone

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p51fitz Calculating status...
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Apr 2, 2011 5:50 PM
There is apparently no straightforward way to delete photos from the iPhone - other than those in "camera roll", i.e. those taken with the iPhone camera. The method described by Apple Support is a rather involved process of creating a folder in iPhoto of the photos you DONT want and then "un-syncing" it with iTunes. Seems rather cumbersome and backwards. If someone knows better, please let me know. If this has already been addressed in this forum, apologies, I'm a bit of a novice at this and don't know how to filter my search to find it. Many thanks.
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  • Dadof2Girls Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)
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    Apr 2, 2011 6:14 PM (in response to p51fitz)
    Pull up your photo album on phone. Top right corner, tap the arrow box. Start selecting photos you don't want. A red check appears over grayed out photo. When done picking them all tap "delete" at bottom. All gone.
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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,150 points)
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    Apr 2, 2011 6:21 PM (in response to p51fitz)
    Photos transferred from your computer are removed from the iPhone in the same way the photos were transferred to your iPhone to begin with - via the iTunes sync process.

    If you have a Mac and use iPhoto for photo storage and management, to remove an iPhone album or event from your iPhone choose "selected albums, events, and faces" under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes if not already selected. Deselect the iPhoto album or event below that you want removed from your iPhone followed by a sync. To remove select photos in an iPhoto album from your iPhone, remove the select photos from the album in iPhoto followed by a sync.
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  • carolyan Calculating status...
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    Apr 3, 2011 8:10 PM (in response to Allan Sampson)
    I am still trying to remove photos from other iphone albums (not just Camera Roll). I want to remove them one by one. The sync process just keeps doubling copies of photos. I have searched all these discussions and there isn't a way to do this except if I delete them all. I use a PC for syncing. Does anyone have a way to do this? I don't want to delete all photos, just one by one. There isn't a garbage can or a delete button. What to do?
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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,150 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 8:18 PM (in response to carolyan)
    Copied from my previous post.

    Photos transferred from your computer are removed from the iPhone in the same way the photos were transferred to your iPhone to begin with - via the iTunes sync process.


    To remove an entire album or folder of photos from your iPhone, deselect the album or folder of photos under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes followed by a sync.

    To remove an individual photo from an album or folder of photos selected to be transferred to your iPhone, move the individual photo from the album or folder of photos on your computer's hard drive followed by a sync.

    All photos transferred to your iPhone are stored in your iPhone's Photo Library. Photos in albums or folders available below Photo Library are not duplicate photos. The photos in the albums or folders below include a pointer to the original photos stored in the iPhone's Photo Library. This way you can view the photos in an album or folder only by selecting the album or folder, or you can view all photos in all albums or folders by selecting Photo Library. The photos in the albums or folders of photos below Photo Library are not duplicates.
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  • melissafromholly Calculating status...
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    Apr 19, 2011 9:10 PM (in response to Dadof2Girls)

    i have a copy, share and print option...but no delete...

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
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    Apr 19, 2011 10:39 PM (in response to melissafromholly)

    Check your photo settings in itunes.

    Plug the iphone in, and open itunes.

     

    Go to the photos tab,

    Scroll down and remove the photos you don't want on your phone.

     

    sync, and they should be gone.

  • infamousree Calculating status...
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    Apr 27, 2011 11:35 AM (in response to p51fitz)

    Same issue with me.  I had a total of 4 albums (camera roll, picture gallery, personal, and another).  All except camera roll were previously synced to my PC and therefore did not have the trash can icon available.

     

    This is what I did:

    1. Located the folder/file of my pictures on PC that were synced earlier and created a completely new file path.

    2. Open itunes/plugged in iphone and went to the pictures tab.

    3. In pictures tab, I checked "sync all photos".

    4. Next to "sync all photos", there is a browse button.  Select your new file path to pics you want deleted.

    5. After path was selected, tick the all albums (or select albums) depending on what you want deleted.

    6. Finally, sync once more and poof they were gone!

     

    I think it is ridiculous that we have to go through this many steps to simply delete, however, I'm SO happy I figured it out.

     

    Now when I want pics from phone on PC, I DO NOT use itunes.  I simply dl them directly to PC and am able to delete right then after importing or remove individually from camera roll later.

     

    Hopefully this helps someone. 

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