8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2013 2:40 AM by DanSomerville
DanSomerville Level 1 (0 points)

I'm having a problem deleting photographs on my iPad using the iPhoto app.  The given directions do not coincide with what really appears when you tap the upper right arrow.  No delete button or trash can appears.  All photos were downloaded using the camera connector kit.  Also many of the photos are multiplying like rabbits.  I have 22 of one photo.  And 10-15 of others.  I follow directions carefully to no avail.  What will happen if I just delete the app?  And the install it again?  Can I do that?  What happens to the albums, photos, events, journals?  I've sen that suggested on this site as many others are having this same problem.  I'm being civil as it is my nature, but it is frustrating.  I like the app except for this experience.  I'm going to the nearby Apple Store later today.  Any help here?


iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iOS 5.1
  • Lea Elizabeth Level 1 (5 points)

    Go to your Photos folder - not the Photo Streaming one. I had the same problem but have deleted all the duplicates this way. Note: it will ask you either to delete this photo or delete everywhere - don't delete the everywhere photos.

  • 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

  • k5kargenian Level 1 (0 points)

    I am still having this problem. No matter where I go to delete the duplicates, the only option I am given is "Delete Everywhere." I am not given any other option. Any other help? None of the links listed above helped me at all. This is about deleting duplicates without deleting them everywhere. It says "this photo is in 2 other albums, would you like to delete everywhere?" and I don't have a no option...Help! I'm traveling and running out of room for pictures!

  • Lea Elizabeth Level 1 (5 points)

    Have you updated the ios?


    I am not having your trouble.

    I suspect that a photo may appear as a duplicate when it is the same photo being viewed in different places.


    When I take a new set of photos, I make a new album and move the photos I wish to keep into that, which stacks as you add more.


    Go to Camera roll' and delete those you do not want to keep.


    You can also delete them from 'photo Stream' but they seem to drop off from there eventually anyway.


    I love my iPad and wouldn't be without it.


  • DanSomerville Level 1 (0 points)

    I went to the Apple Store for help in May, 2012.  There were a few intermediate suggestions from them and from Apple Support that worked temporarily but duplicate came back.   Their solution at the Apple Store was to remove everything on my iPad then they would put manufacturer's software back in.  They referred to it as rebuild it.  I would have to put my apps, photos, music, notes and everything back in manually.  No one there had any other solution(s). That was back in May, 2012.  I decided to delete the iPhoto  app and duplicates went away.  No photos or albums were lost. But in case of losing them I had all photos saved on original camera discs and flash drives.  I use other photo apps now to create new  Albums, no further duplicate problems.  I'll let anyone reading this explore those available apps.  Until this e-mail I have not revisited this issue.  Sorry I really can't be of further help.  It drove me crazy for over a month.  From reading others with this issue back then I have three words of advice, backup, backup, backup.  Good luck.

  • DanSomerville Level 1 (0 points)

    Lea, as you can see I've deleted iPhoto.  Many, many throughout the US and elsewhere had the same problem back in May as I and we were trying to get it fixed.  The photo did not just add one more image.  In some instances I had as many as 34 of the same image that appeared in only 2 Albums and on the All Imports Album.  When I made a new album, photos NOT even in the new album would randomly multiply like rabbits in the All Imports.  Th origin of the photo did not matter, my 35mm digital, iPhone photos, Sony digital etc.   I went from about 1900 + original photos to almost 4,000 in a matter of weeks. This happened each time I either created a new Album or edited one of the existing Albums.   And this was after about 4-5 months of using iPhoto with absolutely no problems.  Again, good luck to anyone with this exasperating problem. 

  • Lea Elizabeth Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm really surprised that Apple have caused people so much trouble over photos.

    Apple should sort it out and apologise to those affected AND place a fix prominently where it can be seen.

    This problem should not be swept under the carpet.

    I shall keep a watch out.


  • DanSomerville Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your concern for our problem.