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timmy toad Level 1 (5 points)

hi all, i have been using iTunes on my Mac to Sync with my iPad2 and now got 1,000 photos all in the default folder "camera roll"


with another post i have now learnt ! how to Sync all my photos from my Mac AND still retain them in there relevant folders on the iPad2


i have found a few threads telling me how to delete all photos off of my iPad2, i have tried to carry out the relevant instructions in all of them, but something is stopping it happening, can someone help please. by spelling it out to me.


i do realise i can delete the photos on the iPad individually while viewing them in Photos, but i have a 1,000 photos to delete ! and i haven't got time OR the patience LOL.



iPad 2, iOS 4.3.2, MacBook Pro 2.2ghz OS X (10.6.7)
  • MyMac8MyPC Level 4 (1,460 points)

    The easy solution is to get the Apple Camera Connection kit where you can delete them all at the same time if you want. While I haven't tried it, I don't see why you couldn't also do this via iPhoto in a separate folder.

  • timmy toad Level 1 (5 points)

    gee buddy, thanks for replying, but i have to admit i do not understand your answer, this is nothing to do with a Camera !

    furthermore iPhoto is a program on my Mac, this is where all the photos have come from which are on the iPad, on my mac the photos were all in folders, when they got synced to my iPad they all went into one blooming great folder containing 1,000 photos !!! which is of course what  i don't want/need, now i have learnt how to SYNC the same pictures but keep them all in there same folders all i would like to do is delete all the photos i have on my ipad



  • Ge0ph Level 2 (410 points)

    Plug your iPad into your computer, go to iTunes, select your iPad, go to the Photos tab and tell it not to sync any photos.


    I'm not at my computer nor do I have my iPad here right now but I think that's where it's at.

  • timmy toad Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi buddy, well yeah i did that, it said it would delete all the photos, but it hasn't done it yet, i have synced a couple of times with box unticked as well !!!.   gggrrrrrr.



  • Demo Level 10 (88,941 points)

    Did you uncheck this box and then try to sync and it still did not remove all of the photos? Try unchecking every box and see if that works.


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  • captfred Level 7 (26,290 points)



    It's odd that these pics appear in your camera roll.  That's usually reserved for pictures you take or screenshots.


    Here's one sure fire way to mass delete them though. 

    Start Image Capture while the iPad is plugged in.   Select the iPad in the left column.  Select > Imagecapture > Edit > Select all.   (or ⌘A).


    Click the delete icon at the bottom.  This should clear out the camera roll.  If after syncing again it reappears then something else is happening.





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  • timmy toad Level 1 (5 points)

    Hey Ho CaptFred that worked a treat, what a wonderful fellow you are, thanks.



  • timmy toad Level 1 (5 points)

    LOL, yeah i had already done that buddy, but sadly nothing happened, but i am happy to say, captured came up with the goods, thanks for your help though friend and taking the trouble to help me.



  • captfred Level 7 (26,290 points)

    Always happy to help. 



  • Demo Level 10 (88,941 points)

    Just making sure! I too learned a new tip. Thanks Cap!

  • annevelosa Level 1 (0 points)

    Thx Captfred! Our iPad 2 kept its camera roll no matter how many times we imported and deleted via iPhoto. Your suggestion helped us stop the cycle. I hope that we don't have to deal with this sort of thing again.

  • chazzygirl Level 1 (0 points)

    thx Captfred, hope this goes with the chat......... I have figured out the removel, but that brought another question, when i need to sync it again what will keep it from either removing pixs or causing duplicates?

  • niiiiiiiiiik Level 1 (0 points)

    Perfect, thanks Capfred, also worked for me... PHEW!

  • Mike Mesford Level 1 (25 points)

    FTR, I tried deleting all photos from my iPad2 as well by using the iTunes chacke box under the Photos tab.  When I deselected it I got a dialog box asking me whether the photos on the iPad should be removed.  I selected Remove.  The Capacity bar on the bottom responded correctly, showing no more orange and Photos at 0.01G. A quick look on the iPad shows all the photos still there.  Next I hit Sync and during the sync all the orange came back on the Capacity bar, the Photos number went back to 6.8G and, of course, the photos are still there.  I tried various scenarios of unplugging and reconnecting etc.  I will now try the Image Capture method as a workaround, but this is a bug or something that should be addressed.

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