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In trying to put a few photos onto my husband's 3GS iPhone from my MacBook Pro, somehow I managed to put part of my Photo Library onto his phone and now I cannot delete it. I can't even delete the photos one by one. How can I delete the entire Photo Library off of his phone????

iPhone 3GS (8GB), iOS 5.1.1

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This is great but one question, how do i get the photos from the folder into my pictures folder, having a bit of difficulty - HELP! I am rubbish.


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Sep 12, 2012 9:45 PM in response to lisamhos In response to lisamhos

I surely appreciate your help as have many folks but I haven't managed to get this to work. I created the folder, opened itunes, clicked on my phone, clicked on photos after which the only option was "sync photos FROM" not WITH I obviously am ytying to get these photos off my phone to create room. the photos are already backed up on my PC What am I doing wrong?

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Jul 9, 2012 11:04 AM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

I had this exact issue just now. I researched and compiled all of the answers. Surprisingly it worked.

1) On my PC desktop, I right clicked and created a new folder. I named it "Empty folder".

2) I plugged in my phone to computer, opened iTunes.

3) Clicked on my phone on the left

4) Clicked on "photos" on the top

5) Clicked the box "Sync Photos with"

6) Choose the dropdown and "choose folder"

7) Click "desktop" option

8) Click on the folder that you created and named whatever you named it.

9) Click "apply/sync"


In doing so, it deleted the "Photo Library" with the little sunflower as well as a "My Photos" album it had also created, but it left all of my other photos that I wanted to keep.

I'm shocked that this actually worked.

Hope this helps you.

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Sep 20, 2012 9:20 AM in response to lisamhos In response to lisamhos

I was going crazy after the iOS 6 update. I ended up with a folder with over 1,000 photos that I had NO IDEA WHO THEY WERE OR WHERE THEY CAME FROM! The only thing I could figure was that it had something to do with the photo stream setting...I went through every setting on my phone and could NOT get rid of it! I was SO frustrated. I followed your instructions and it worked perfectly!! THANK YOU!!! 🙂

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Jun 7, 2012 11:33 AM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

Sorry Folks, your suggestions/advise is not working. The Photo Library does not come up in my iTunes/Photo tab. It only allows me to "Sync photos". As advised above, I also tried to delete an album by deselcting it and hitting apply and lo and behold..the album is still on my iPhone in my Camera Roll as well as Photo Stream. I can manually delete photos one by one in my Camera Roll and Photo Stream, however, I cannot delete any in my Photo Library. Now either I'm an idiot or something's up with my system.And please don't tell me I'm an idiot because I am not making up this frustrating pain the ___, so unless I'm missing something very basic... Please help!

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Aug 20, 2015 5:45 PM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

New solution!!


I found a DIFFERENT solution from the Apple Genius bar. None of the solutions on this thread worked for me. But this one did (almost, it got me from 1.7GB down to 168MB)


1. Go to Settings > General > Time/Date

2. Change toggle to Set the timezone Manually

3. Set the date BACKWARD several years, like 2012, by scrolling way back

4. Now open the Photos App, go to Delete Photos folder

5. Tap "Delete All"


It seems that the deleted photos folder stores photos even when you can't see them, due to them being older than ~30 days. So, if you set the time backwards, it will show the older photos that are still there but technically should have been automatically deleted before.

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Jul 28, 2012 11:04 PM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

For mac users....


Make sure you have imported your photos before you do this...


1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac.

2. Open Preview.

3. File menu>>>>Import From (iPhone Name).

4. Select which photos you want to delete. On the left of the window at the bottom there will be a red delete symbol.

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Jun 6, 2012 9:07 PM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

Photo library photos, which are synced from your computer to your phone, must be removed by connecting your phone to iTunes, then going to the Photos tab of your iTunes sync settings, deselecting the folders you no longer want (or deselecting Sync Photos if you want to remove them all), then syncing your phone.

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Jun 7, 2012 11:33 AM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

Sorry Folks, your suggestions/advise is not working. The Photo Library does not come up in my iTunes/Photo tab. It only allows me to "Sync photos". As advised above, I also tried to delete an album by deselcting it and hitting apply and lo and behold..the album is still on my iPhone in my Camera Roll as well as Photo Stream. I can manually delete photos one by one in my Camera Roll and Photo Stream, however, I cannot delete any in my Photo Library. Now either I'm an idiot or something's up with my system.And please don't tell me I'm an idiot because I am not making up this frustrating pain the ___, so unless I'm missing something very basic... Please help!

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Jun 7, 2012 11:39 AM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

Deselecting a folder and syncing does not delete an album created from camera roll (which are photos taken by your phone), it only deletes albums synced to your phone from your computer and contained in photo library. To delete an album created on your phone from camera roll, go to the Albums view, tap Edit at the top, then tap ➖ next to the album you want to delete.


Just to clarify again, camera roll photos are taken by your phone and albums containing these photos can be deleted on you phone as explained above. Photos in photo library are synced to your phone from your computer and are deleted by deselecting the photos on the Photos tab of your iTunes sync settings and syncing your phone.

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Jul 9, 2012 11:04 AM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

I had this exact issue just now. I researched and compiled all of the answers. Surprisingly it worked.

1) On my PC desktop, I right clicked and created a new folder. I named it "Empty folder".

2) I plugged in my phone to computer, opened iTunes.

3) Clicked on my phone on the left

4) Clicked on "photos" on the top

5) Clicked the box "Sync Photos with"

6) Choose the dropdown and "choose folder"

7) Click "desktop" option

8) Click on the folder that you created and named whatever you named it.

9) Click "apply/sync"


In doing so, it deleted the "Photo Library" with the little sunflower as well as a "My Photos" album it had also created, but it left all of my other photos that I wanted to keep.

I'm shocked that this actually worked.

Hope this helps you.

Jul 9, 2012 11:04 AM

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Jul 18, 2012 12:48 PM in response to lisamhos In response to lisamhos

Yay! I'm so glad this helped you all.😀 I know how frustrated I was and how long it took me, so I'm just paying it forward! It ***** that something so simple (add a dang "delete" button) has to be so complicated.

Maybe this will be one of the fixes with the new iOS that comes in the fall!

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Jul 28, 2012 11:04 PM in response to davacoco In response to davacoco

For mac users....


Make sure you have imported your photos before you do this...


1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac.

2. Open Preview.

3. File menu>>>>Import From (iPhone Name).

4. Select which photos you want to delete. On the left of the window at the bottom there will be a red delete symbol.

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