14 Replies Latest reply: Oct 17, 2012 5:05 AM by TorfinnA
pege53 Level 1 Level 1

How can I remove my pictures from my IPhone; they are already backed up .

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    Hi ..


    Tap the Photos icon in the Dock then tap the icon with an arrow facign right top right corner of the screen.


    Select the images you want to delete then tap the red Delete button.

  • PissedOffNow Level 1 Level 1

    I tried this and it doesn't work.  The phone appears to delete them but when you look again, they are there.


    I must tell you that this topic comes up multiple times and of all the things apple does well, this seems to be really bad.


    It is not intuitive at all.

  • MF22 Level 1 Level 1

    Go on photos>albums>camera roll and then you will have to press on the sign in the top right hand confer with a picture with an arrow coming out of it and mark all the pictures you want to delete and press delete

  • MF22 Level 1 Level 1

    I meant top right hand corner

  • alitzoi Level 1 Level 1

    Where is the DELETE button? I have only share, copy and add to ...

  • Ocean20 Level 6 Level 6

    Bottom right it appears after you tap on the icon with the box and arrow and then once you tap on a photo in the camera roll to select it

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10

    If these are photos that were synced to your phone, they can only be deleted by using the same process that got them on your phone, the iTunes sync process. Deselect them under the Photos tab in iTunes, then hit the apply/sync button. They cannot be deleted directly on your phone.

  • alitzoi Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, that was my problem

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10

    You're welcome.

  • debbieipc Level 1 Level 1

    I have this same problem but none of them are selected when I unselect 'sync'......help

  • efortuna Level 1 Level 1

    How to delete albums from iPhone.


    1.  Connect iPhone using the USB cable to your Mac.

    2.  Start iTunes

    3.  Open your device using iTunes under "devices."

    4.  Once in iTunes, open the "Photos" tab.

    5.  In iTunes, check the "Sync Photos from" box, and select the "iPhoto" option from the dropdown dialog box.

    6.  Activate the "Select albums, Events, and Faces, and automatically include NO EVENTS" radio button.

    7.  Ensure all boxes are NOT selected in the ALBUMS and EVENTS menues. 

    8.  Now execute the SYNC command button. 


    Once you have followed all the above instructions and synced your MAC and iPhone, your albums will be deleted from your iphone, because you did not select the albums selected (checked) on your iTunes. 

  • StaticFX Level 1 Level 1

    You know, for how advanced the iPhone is, this kinda of idiotic process is ridiculous! I cant STAND that itunes wont show you the images and let you just delete some/all...backup.. etc. And what about syncing!!! god forbid I just want to add some songs or make a few changes, but itunes says "all songs will be removed etc etc" itunes is horrible... but i love my iphone.  Just let me use explorer to file manage. Im not stupid... and it is a "Smart phone"


    sorry rant over



    FYI: uncheck ALL the photo sync boxes and just use windows explorer to copy/buckup/delete the photos. its much easier.

  • SynchProtocolsSuk Level 1 Level 1

    Static...  I'm with you.  Apple, for God's sake dice these all-too-clever synch protocols and make the iPhone-to-iTunes experience more comprehendible and thus enjoyable.  If I have an image on my phone and I want to delete it... I should easily be able to... regardless of how I put it there in the first place.



  • TorfinnA Level 1 Level 1

    I use the application Image Capture that comes with OSX to delete photos from the phone.


    Connect your phone to the computer with the USB-cable, select all images (or just the ones that you want to delete) and hit the delete-button in the bottom of the application window.


    Boom! All cleaned out.