9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2013 7:19 AM by gail from maine
Andykath0617 Level 1 Level 1

I have downloaded all my photos to my new IPad. I need to delete some I do not want, how do I do it. The delete button does not appear to be working?

iPad, iOS 6
Reply by Skydiver119 on Dec 23, 2012 11:07 AM Helpful
Did you sync them onto your iPad? if so, then you have to use iTunes to sync them off. Synced photos cannot be deleted from the iPad.

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  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7

    Did you sync them onto your iPad? if so, then you have to use iTunes to sync them off. Synced photos cannot be deleted from the iPad.

  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9

    To delete photos from your device

    1. In iTunes, select the device icon in the Devices list on the left. Click the Photos tab in the resulting window.
    2. Choose "Sync photos from."
      • On a Mac, choose iPhoto or Aperture from the pop-up menu.


      • On a Windows PC, choose Photoshop Album or Photoshop Elements from the pop-up menu.
    1. Choose "Selected albums" and deselect the albums or collections you want to delete.
    2. Click Apply.
  • 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

    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

  • SteveF48 Level 1 Level 1

    Does anyone else think that having to switch a computer on, remember which photos you wanted to delete, start iTunes, delete them, wait 20 'inlets while it tells me that it can't find my iPad... Is not the sanest method for deleting photos ever invented?

    I find iTunes fights me every step of the way. it is supposed to sync via wifi if the iPad is charging. Yeah in your dreams.

    I thought that sync was short for synchronisation ie what happened on one device would be duplicated on the other, whichever device the original event took place on. iTunes just doesn't work for me and Photo Stream is just too vague to be useful. I loaded its upload folder with pictures, days later some were on my iPad. How it decided which ones to copy and which it could ignore is beyond me.

    I bought the iPad, because I thought that it would be lovely to sit down in comfort and browse my photos. Tagging the good ones and deleting the worst. I'm really disappointed, the only thing it is good for is browsing the Internet and playing games. Everything else requires me to fire up a computer.

  • gail from maine Level 7 Level 7

    Did you even look at the links that Tom listed right above your post? There are at least two that tell you how to delete photos from your iPad. Photo Stream is not vague. It is the way that you syncronize photos between devices using iCloud to do so.


    Being able to browse your photos on your iPad is not difficult, and being able to use Photo Stream for instant viewing of iPhone and iPad photos recently taken (the last 1000), is easy and gratifying. Syncing your photos between your computer and your iPad is also easy and very manageable. You import all your photos to the computer, you selectively sync back the Albums or Events that you want on your iPad (or you don't selectively sync them, you sync all or none of them.


    Take a little more time to find out about how you can use your iPad to do what you want. I think you are losing out because you just don't have all of the information to make it the experience you want it to be. But it can be....





  • SteveF48 Level 1 Level 1

    Ok I admit defeat.

    I can't do what I want with my iPad, all I can do is look at my photos. Deleting them requires a computer with iTunes.

    Photo stream is a good idea. But it has still only transferred 501 photos to my iPad, 3 weeks after I moved 1000 into the upload folder. That isn't my definition of 'instant'.

  • gail from maine Level 7 Level 7

    Hi Steve,


    You don't upload photos to Photo Stream. Photo Stream is a real-time accumulation of photos that you snap with your iPhone or iPad. There is no uploading, no action you have to take. You only need to have iCloud signed in on your devices, and Photo Stream turned on in iCloud. Take a photo, and it pushes up to iCloud. iCloud pushes it back down to your other devices. So the 501 photos that you see are undoubtedly the photos you have taken since you set up iCloud and turned on Photo Stream on your devices. As you take more pictures, they will continue to accumulate up to 1000 photos before the earliest ones begin to be deleted from the stream. You can also easily delete photos from Photo Stream - something one could not always do.


    Trust me, this is so incredibly easy compared to the way that I had to get my photos from my iPhone to my iPad - either via a sync to the computer, or using the Camera Connection Kit and directly hooking up my iPhone to my iPad and transferring the photos. Now, I take photos of our garden with my iPhone, and they are on my iPad and my Mac so I can really see them without my having to do anything.


    Take a look at this link:




    This page is showing the Features tab, but you can click on the Overview and How to Set Up tabs to get more info on how to make the most of Photo Stream.





  • SteveF48 Level 1 Level 1

    I very seldom take photos on my iPad, only with my cameras. The icloud control panel says that it will stream photos placed in the upload folder, but it isn't working properly.

    iTunes is a one way street, photos are pushed to the iPad. I've battled with it in the past, when I wanted to put some music on the iPad. Let's face it, it is really designed to download purchases from the Apple Store, it's other functions are afterthoughts.

    I know that I can delete photos from photo stream, those that eventually arrive on the iPad, but as you said that only allows 1000 photos (about 2 days worth in the summer).

    Is there any app that will allow me to synchronise photos between iPad and PC? Copy them to the iPad delete the rubbish, rate the good ones then replicate my actions on the PC?

  • gail from maine Level 7 Level 7

    I personally don't know of any other software that does syncing, however, you can use another cloud service like Dropbox or Flikr to house your photos, add and delete them and have them available for viewing on any device or comuter that has an internet connection.


    I'm not sure why you would be having trouble not getting photos that you put into your Photo Stream Uploads folder on your iPad. Photo Stream is Photo Stream. Also, just so you know, photo management and Photo Stream have nothing to do with iTunes. Photo management on the computer is done through your photos folder and app (on a Mac, it's iPhoto). You only use iTunes to tell the sync process which items to retrieve and sync from that library. Photo Stream is completely independent of iTunes altogether.


    If you want to get photos from a camera to your iPad without having to use a computer, get a camera connection kit which will allow you to physically hook the camera to the iPad, and to directly download the photos from the camera to the iPad.


    You would still want to also hook the camera up to the computer to back those photos up to your photo library on your computer.


    Also you might want to look into purchasing (for under $5) iPhoto for your iPad:




    Seems like you might benefit from talking to your local Apple Store about when they might have some sessions for learning photo management and sharing between your device and computer, because what you appear to be wanting to do is all do-able. I guess I'm just missing what your issue is. You can many things with photos on your iPad, however, your device will never be a substitue for your computer for backing up and managing your photos.


    So, best of luck, I hope one of the suggestions above will help you to achieve what you are trying to do.