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Deleting duplicate photos on iPad

9168 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2013 2:40 AM by DanSomerville RSS
DanSomerville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 22, 2012 10:40 PM

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 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 1:07 PM (in response to DanSomerville)

    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 Level 8 (44,210 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 2:21 PM (in response to DanSomerville)

    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 he-photos-app


    Another Way to Quickly Delete Photos from Your iPad (Mac Only) 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 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 5:37 PM (in response to DanSomerville)

    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 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 6:59 PM (in response to k5kargenian)

    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.


  • Lea Elizabeth Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 9:37 PM (in response to DanSomerville)

    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.



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