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yougottalaugh Level 1 Level 1

when I upgraded to iOS 6 on my iPad it started to bring over all my photos from iphoto when I didn't want them -- it also duplicated many on my iPad but I can't find a way to delete them from my iPad and I won't be syncing my iPad Photo to iPhoto because I don't want all those photos on my iPad plus I don't have the space for them.  How can I delete from my iPad?

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10

    Only photos taken with the iPad, copied onto it via the camera connection kit, or saved from emails/websites etc can be deleted directly on the iPad - either via the trashcan icon in the top right corner if viewing the photo in full screen, or via the icon of the box with the arrow coming out of it in thumbnail view. Photos that were synced from your computer are deleted by moving/removing/de-selecting them from where they were synced from on your computer and then re-syncing.

  • yougottalaugh Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you for you reply, howeever, there are photos that are DUPLICATED on my iPad -- they do not exist in DUPLICATE on my computer but for some reason when they synced with my iPad after the upgrade to iOS 6 they came over TWICE and I cannot delete any of them.  I mentioned that I CANNOT sync as I do not have enough room on my iPad to store all the photos that are on my computer NOR do I want all those pictures on my iPad.  I need to be able to clean my iPad up and SYNCING is not a viable solution.

  • Honky tonk Level 1 Level 1

    Hope someone can help us with the problem as above as that is what has happened to me & so frustrating as noone seems to have the answer

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10

    If they are photos that originally came from your computer then they can't be deleted directly on your iPad - you will need to SYNC (or you could reset the iPad back to factory defaults if that is more viable). Try deleting the photo cache from your computer and then with the iPad connected to your computer's iTunes re-select on the Photos tab the photos from your computer that you want to be on the iPad (syncing photos) - the location of the cache, and how to delete it, is on this page.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6

    The only way to delete photos on your iPad that were put there during a sync is to do another sync. But this time in itunes uncheck the albums you do not want on your iPad then click Apply.


    I suggest you do this but uncheck all photos then tap Apply so that all photos that were transferred from your computer to your iPad are deleted from your iPad. Then delete all other photos on your iPad that might have been obtained from email, web sites or taken with the iPads camera.


    After you do this quit the photo app.

    Go to the Home screen and double click the Home button. That will reveal the row of recently used apps at the bottom of the screen. Tap and hold on the Photos app until it wiggles and displays a minus sign. Tap the minus sign to actually quit the app. Then tap anywhere on the screen above that bottom row to return the screen to normal.


    Then reboot your iPad. Press and hold the Home and Sleep buttons simultaneously ignoring the red slider until the Apple logo appears. Let go of the buttons and let the iPad restart.


    Once your iPad restarts you could add some photos from your computer by syncing. Hopefully the problem will be fixed.

  • Sam Bris-Vegas Level 1 Level 1

    If like me you just want to clean out all photos from you ipad... then hook up your iPad to a mac.  Open the apple application called Image Capture. Within the app you'll see all photos on the connected ipad.  Command-A will highlight all photos on the ipad. Click the delete button at the bottom of the screen.  WARNING:  THIS WILL DELETE ALL PHOTOS.  Hope this helps someone else.... Cheers  Sam

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8

    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

  • Michael Ruiz2 Level 1 Level 1
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    Apparently, if you edit a photo in in iPhoto, you have to save it to the gallery then remove the edits in order to get it out of the iPhoto cache. iPhoto on iOS and OS X do not appear to directly sync. If you have already unsynced then the photos become orphans in iOSes iPhoto, and I can see no way to delete them from the cache except to use image capture or delete the iPhoto app and redownload and resync it.

  • techno5040 Level 1 Level 1

    when you put the photo press in the middle once

    then you will find a trash can in the lower middle

  • AngelTina Level 1 Level 1

    this helpful!!!

  • BBaruch Level 1 Level 1

    How do I remove the albums from the computer if they came from picasa without deleting the pictures entirely.

  • sotxap Level 1 Level 1

    To delete photos from your ipad that have synced from your Pc, go to your PC and in your photos, create a new folder with nothing in it, call it a new name that you have not used before. Plug ipad into your computer and when devices comes up, click on the ipad and go to photos, take off sync photos, go to sync with folder , click on it and find new folder you created and tick on it. Sync with your ipad and the photos(from your PC) should all be deleted from your ipad.  You can then return to your PC and create a new folder with only the photos in it that you want on your ipad (you can use these for your home screen or lock page) and follow the same again, ticking on the new folder that you now want. Sotxap

  • James Elliott3 Level 1 Level 1

    This was just what I was looking for.  Thanks.  Worked perfectly.

  • Taughty1 Level 1 Level 1

    Thank You Ralph9430!!! I just used your method and it worked like a charm!! No more pics on my iPad!! I appreciate your time in answering this question!!

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