12 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2012 2:24 PM by Allan Sampson
Bob Cozzi Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

Is there a way to delete/manage the iPhone photo library from the Mac (either, iTunes, iPhoto, or Aperture)?

I want to get rid of hundreds of old/misc photos on the phone but don't want to delete them all.

 

My idea app would allow me to sync them with an Aperture folder or similar and just delete them within Aperture and on the next sync, whip them off the iPhone.  

 

I know Apple tends to have a history of not making deleting photos easy (see early versions of iPhoto) but I'm hoping it'll be a matter of one of their "simple 25-step procedures" to do it, vs not being able to do it other than one-by-one.

 

Thanks.

  • 1. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    I use iPhoto on my Mac and I choose selected iPhoto albums I've created and/or Events under the Photos tab for my iPhone sync preferences.

     

    If I want to remove an entire album, I deselect the album under the Photos tab followed by a sync. Want to remove select photos in an album without removing the entire album, I remove the photos from the selected album in iPhoto followed by a sync. As with removing a song from an iTunes playlist, removing a photo from an iPhoto album does not delete the photo from the iPhoto library.

  • 2. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Bob Cozzi Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    I'm talking about from the iPhone using the Mac vs doing it one by one on the phone itself.

     

    I think I found the answer in the Archives though... Although it didn't show up when I did a search before posted, it did show up once I wrote out the question.

     

    The solution that works for me is:

    • Connect the iPhone
    • Open Spotlight and type in "Image Capture"
    • Launch Image Capture
    • Click on the iPhone icon in the left hand column.
      • The iPhone's camera roll appears.
    • Click each photo you want to delete
      • CMD Click on each subsequent photo
    • Click the Delete Icon at the bottom on the Window
    • Bam! The photos are deleted from your iPhone
  • 3. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    The iPhone's Photo Library stores photos transferred from your computer.

     

    You meant from the iPhone's Camera Roll.

     

    Another option provided by iPhoto and Image Capture when using either one to import photos/videos from the Camera Roll is deleting all from the Camera Roll at once after the import process is complete.

  • 4. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Masaru277 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You say there are additional steps if you sync your pix manually which I do on a MacBook Pro w/an iphone 4. I don't just wanna erase pix on the camera roll, I want to browse the photo library & delete some pix from there too. Can I do this w/the extra steps? If so how? If not is there any other way?

     

    Thanks-

    Mike

  • 5. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Brian Lauzon Level 3 Level 3 (520 points)

    I am having the same problem....I had some photos on my iMac that i synced to the iPhone...but deleted the photos from the iMac. Now they are on the iPhone. They are no longer in iPhoto or any other location on my iMac. They do not appear in image capture when the iPhone is connected to the Mac nor do I have the option to delete individual photos from the iPhone. Please help, this is very frustrating...

  • 6. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    todd232 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You are just know figuring this out. Get off answers.

  • 7. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    William Donelson Level 4 Level 4 (2,495 points)

    Wow, iPhoto cannot delete pics from the iPhone? You need a SECOND application to do that?

     

    Crazy.

     

    Whatever happened to making things easy "for the rest of us" ?

  • 8. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    Yes iPhoto can as provided and the same with the Image Capture app.

  • 9. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    outandproud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is happening to me too.  Before the latest iOS update, when browsing photos on the iPhone, there was a garbage can icon in the lower right corner.  It's gone now.

     

    I had imported an album of photos FROM iPhoto TO the iPhone but now want to delete them.  I tried the solution presented above, but they never show up in "Image Capture" so there's no way to get rid of them.  They do not show up if I plug in my iPhone in iPhoto either.  It's like the photos do not exist anywhere.... and yet, there they are on my iPhone and I cannot get rid of them.

     

    Has anyone been able to solve this?

  • 10. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    Before the latest iOS update, when browsing photos on the iPhone, there was a garbage can icon in the lower right corner.  It's gone now.

     

    Only with the Camera Roll, not with Photo Library which includes photos that were transferred from your computer via the iTunes sync/transfer process.

     

    I had imported an album of photos FROM iPhoto TO the iPhone but now want to delete them.  I tried the solution presented above, but they never show up in "Image Capture" so there's no way to get rid of them.  They do not show up if I plug in my iPhone in iPhoto either.  It's like the photos do not exist anywhere.... and yet, there they are on my iPhone and I cannot get rid of them.

     

    iPhoto and the Image Capture app on a Mac can delete photos and videos from the iPhone's Camera Roll, not for photos that were transferred from your computer via the iTunes sync/transfer process which are stored in the iPhone's Photo Library.

     

    Photos that were transferred from your computer via the iTunes sync/transfer process (which is selected under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes) and are the photos in the Photo Library on your iPhone are removed in the same way - via the iTunes sync/transfer process. To remove all photos on your iPhone that were transferred from your computer, deselect Sync Photos under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes followed by a syn. If you are transferring photos from iPhoto on your Mac, you can select sync select iPhoto albums, events, ect. and deselect the iPhoto albums, events, etc. below followed by a sync to remove the albums, events. To remove a select photo only from your iPhone that is in an iPhoto album selected to be transferred to your iPhone, remove the photo from the iPhoto album in iPhoto followed by a sync.

  • 11. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    outandproud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This had confused me because I had not used photo sync through iTunes; what solved the problem for me was, I turned ON photo sync in iTunes but did NOT select any albums to sync.  then I synced the phone, and the photos disappeared.

     

    Thank you for your help!!

     

    -- Craig.

  • 12. Re: How do I delete photos from iPhone while on the Mac?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    You're welcome.

     

    That is the only way photos can be in your iPhone's Photo Library. The photos can't get there any other way.