14 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2012 6:38 AM by PogoPossum
Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

I recently bought a 2ndhand IPAD (1) only to find 760 of the previous owners photos which had been synched onto it. I cannot delete them - help help!!!

Can anyone tell me how to delete them? My computer currently uses Windows 7.

iPad, Windows 7
  • Demo Level 10 (88,774 points)

    The previous owner should have totally erased the iPad before he sold it to you. Go to Settings>General>Reset>Erase all content and settings. Then you can set the iPad up as a brand new iPad with your own ID and you can sync to your own iTunes library.

  • Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Demo, I saw I could do that - only trouble is I have already downloaded lots of aps (as in paid for them) and have set up lots of things which I got help in doing including loading lots of photos of my own, so am reluctant to do that. Is there any other way around it? Thanks.


  • Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

    I am a real nivice to this page. It seems like my reply to you did not appear on the discussion page but got posted as the original question again! Sorry about that. Maybe you will get this reply to your own page - really I am on trial and error!

  • Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

    I see this question has been added several times to the page! I must add to it that I have already added lots of paid aps and my own photos to the ipad which I dont want to lose so doing a total clean Id rather not do. Any suggestions?

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    Once you pay for them, you can download them again as many times as you want at no additional charge. As for photos, hopefully you have the ones you want backed up elsewhere so they can be preloaded. It's rather hard for you to make a backup at this point, since the previous owner's stuff would also be included in the backup.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,774 points)

    Photos that were synced from a computer via iTunes can only be deleted by moving/removing/de-selecting them from where they were synced from and then re-syncing. If you want to delete all synced photos from the iPad then try just syncing an empty folder.


    In your case, you will need to sync an empty folder because you cannot unselect the photos from iTunes because the photos are not on your computer's iTunes.


    That will remove all of your photos as well. After you sync an empty folder, go back and select your photos again and sync them back to the iPad.


    This will work of you do it correctly and it will not affect your apps at all. I'd just like to know why he didn't erase - or you didn't erase the iPad to begin with after buying it from another owner.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    The links below have instructions for deleting photos.


    iOS and iPod: Syncing photos using iTunes



    iPad Tip: How to Delete Photos from Your iPad in the Photos App

    http://ipadacademy.com/2011/08/ipad-tip-how-to-delete-photos-from-your-ipad-in-t he-photos-app


    Another Way to Quickly Delete Photos from Your iPad (Mac Only)

    http://ipadacademy.com/2011/09/another-way-to-quickly-delete-photos-from-your-ip ad-mac-only


    How to Delete Photos from iPad



    How to: Batch Delete Photos on the iPad


    (With iOS 5.1, use 2 fingers)


    How to Delete Photos from iCloud’s Photo Stream



     Cheers, Tom

  • Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Demo for that. I's like to know also why he didn't erase everything! There were emails, itunes - you name it - still on the ipad! Dangerous. Just as well I am honest!

    I shall try what you said.

  • Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for all that help Tom. I have lots of advice now. I didn't know the photos could not be deleted easily because of syncing and was on holiday were I was given lots of ipad advice from a relative re using it. Thats when I discovered the photo deletion was more than I could deal with.


  • Demo Level 10 (88,774 points)

    With all of the articles that TMM posted and with my suggestion, you will be able to remove the photos. If you run into any problems, just post back.

  • Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

    Demo, Have been trying to use TMMs suggestion - 1st one but cannot even start!

    I connected ipad into pc usb port - got the itunes but there is no iphotos on the left under "devices"!!

  • rockmyplimsoul Level 5 (6,757 points)

    Shavid wrote:


    I connected ipad into pc usb port - got the itunes but there is no iphotos on the left under "devices"!!

    No, select the iPad name under devices.  Now you see a summary page with a picture of the iPad? Across the top above that you'll see multiple categories:  Music, Apps, etc.   One of these tabs is "Photos".  Select that and de-select the "Sync Photos" option and re-sync, that will remove all photos from the iPad.

  • Shavid Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you all you people who helped me - I GOT RID OF THEM ALL except my own photos aAND NO aps lost. You are all stars!!! A big thank you all for your tutes, each one added a little bit more to my understanding. In the end I made an empty folder in My Pictures on my PC, then synched it to my ipad, applied it and the rogue photos vanished leaving my ones there. Brilliant!!!

  • PogoPossum Level 4 (2,505 points)

    I would still recommend erasing the iPad and setting it up again as a new one - only way to clear out everything the old owner left. You can redownload the apps... and you can put all the pictures on your computer and then put them back on again if you wish.