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Callank Level 1 Level 1

How do you delete photos from iPhoto on the iPad?

  • NecronomiconUK Level 1 Level 1

    You cannot delete photos within iPhoto, only hide them. iPhoto inherits it's content from the Photos application, delete photos you don't want from within there to get rid of them completely.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6

    As the previous poster says, the Photos app is where you can delete some of the photos in iPhoto for iOS. However, only photos captured by the iPad by using its camera, copied from websites or received in emails can be deleted directly on the iPad. Photos that you put on your iPad via a sync with your computer are deleted by doing another sync and deselecting the albums you no longer want when syncing.


    If there is only some photos from an album that you want to delete you must move them out of the album they ae in on your computer before doing the sync but in this case keep the album selected in iTunes.

  • S1bart Level 1 Level 1

    This is a nighmare I'm still trying to fight to find a usable workflow. As I really want to use iphoto as my primary image editor, and just use the computer as storage.


    The above posts are correct however if you edit a phot another copy is stored in iphoto. This is then kept even if you do either of the above.

    To delete the edited file you need to revert to original usingthe cog in the bottom right.

    If you have removed the original file it will create a new album called Photo box from there you can then select the photo again then click the cog in the bottom right and then delete is available.


    Apple please allow us to delete files easier in iphoto, this is not a simple process if you have taken a few hundread photos in a day.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6

    Keep in mind that we are all users here and not employees of Apple. You can leave feedback to Apple on iPhoto for iOS here

  • William*Robertson Level 1 Level 1

    @S1bart - i agree, it took me ages to discover that you have to "revert to original" in order to delete, and even then the range selection only seems to cope with about 10 at a time (I had over a hundred when I got back from a trip), and at the end of it there are still a few I can't delete in any of the ways suggested or documented, and Settings > Usage tells me iPhoto is taking up 2GB. I'm wondering if it's because I upgraded to iOS 6 with edited photos in iPhoto. I might just delete and reload iPhoto to make a clean start, and see if that improves things.

  • Jalmolky Level 1 Level 1

    I cannot agree more that there needs to be an easier way to delete edited photos from iphoto.  Hide, then go to hidden album, then show hidden, then delete is not good workflow!


    Should be able to delete from the main screen.


    How does apple have such praise that it is user friendly when every program has a different menu flow to do anything as common as delete a file? 


    Oh you want to delete something in iphoto?  All you have to do is exit iphoto and go to phot app...or go to itunes on computer that you never use...or revert then hide then delete.  It's moronic.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6

    Send feedback to Apple here


    Also there are many other image editors out there Andy many of them work differently in the way they get and delete photos. Perhaps there is a different app that will better suit your needs.

  • William*Robertson Level 1 Level 1

    I wouldn't say every program has a different menu/workflow. I think the idea was to keep iPhoto iOS as purely an editor on top of the standard Photos app, however looks like they couldn't decide how to handle edited photos apart from letting you share a copy with the Photos app. Simplest solution for now seems to be to delete and reinstall iPhoto when the number of undeletable photos becomes a problem.


    As for not being able to delete stuff synced from iTunes, that makes sense to me - it's the same as playlists on an iPod etc.

  • Geoffree3 Level 1 Level 1

    Easy.  Plug your iPad into a Mac and run 'image capture' (in Applications).  Select the ipad device, select all or what ever photos you want to delete (Shift click for a range as usual) then click delete button near the bottom (red cicle with line across).  Done!. You can sort the photos by date, which is useful.

  • gobeatty Level 1 Level 1

    What I now now do is be sure I am done with the images in iPhoto - they are uploaded or transferred to where they need to go - then delete and re-install iPhoto.  Wish I could do this with the Photos app as well.

  • William*Robertson Level 1 Level 1

    Image Capture doesn't appear to read iPhoto content, unless I'm missing something. (However I've just realised it can be the default photo loader on connecting an iPad though, which is much less of a slog for my ageing iMac, so thanks for the suggestion anyway!)

  • meeyauw Level 1 Level 1

    I deleted all my photos, from iPhoto app and everywhere:

    1. delete the iPhoto app. This seems to cause the iphoto app to "leave behind" the photos, so to speak.

    2. go to Photo App: I had NO photos in camera roll until I deleted the iphoto app. After I deleted the app, the camera roll in the Photo app was full of exactly the same number of photos that had been stuck in iphoto.

    3. delete all the photos in the camera roll. one. by. one. aarrgh

    4. I resynched the ipad on itunes, but i don't think this is necessary. i did this just to watch the count of the number of photos in My Photo Stream go down and down until i got it to zero.

    5. reinstall iphoto.

    6. it was empty!!!


    All the photos i deleted were edited ipad photos AND also photos downloaded with the connection kit from an olympus point and shoot. i did not revert anything to the original photo.


    i hope this works for others. I hope others see this so that they can try it.

  • louisefromamsterdam Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Meeyauw, this worked for me, iPhoto app deleted and all the photos are gone too - finally!! thank you!!

    but still I have five empty albums in the photo app...- how can I get rid of the those?? I tried with 'edit' then they get the small cross (like apps that you want to remove) but there is no further option to trash them. Now I have a 'clean' photo app with still empty albums that I don't want. can you help?? please?

  • Keith_extra chars Level 1 Level 1

    I edited an image in my camera roll. Then deleted the original from the camera roll so, I could not revert back to the original for deletion. My only option was to hide the edited image. I had no way to permanently delete, which is unacceptable, but what ever.

    I began to have many hidden images and my OCD got to me. To finally delete all the edited and hidden images, I just uninstalled iPhoto from my iPad and reinstalled it. This deletes all of the iPhoto data which includes the hidden edited images. Just make sure all your edited albums are copies back to iPhoto for Mac/PC

    ...quick and easy...I do this every month or so.

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