[3 Ways] How to Delete Synced Photos from iPad

You may get annoyed when you cannot delete synced photos from iPad. Here comes this guide provides you 3 ways about how to delete synced photos from iPad. To avoid it happening again, a better solution to transfer photos from computer to iPad is also introduced.


By Demi / Updated on May 25, 2023

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How to delete synced photos from iPad

I have an iPad Air 2, I synced a large photo album from my laptop using iTunes. I am now low on storage space on this iPad and want to delete all photos. However, the Photos app on this iPad will not let me delete this album. How can I delete these photos and reclaim this storage space?

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To browse and edit pictures saved on your computer using iPad, you may once transfer photos from computer to iPad by making use of iTunes sync functions. However, when you intend to delete the synced photos from your iPad someday, you’ll find that you cannot delete them like you used to do with other photos.

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That is where this guide comes from, offering you 3 ways how to delete synced photos from iPad with or without iTunes. If you are in the same situation, keep on reading, and let this guide help you out.

Part 1. How to delete synced photos from iPad

The three options below will give you detailed instructions about how to delete all or part of synced photos from iPad with or without iTunes. You can look through them one after another and choose the most satisfying one to help you out.

Option 1. Remove synced photos from iPad using iTunes

Since you sync photos to iPad using iTunes syncing function, you can also turn it off in iTunes to erase synced photos on your iPad. You can choose to turn off syncing for some of your photos albums or all at once. The followings are how to do it in detail.

How to delete synced photos in selective albums from iPad
Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer > Connect your iPad to computer with USB.

Step 2. Click on the phone icon from the upper-left corner > Tap Photos from the side menu.

Step 3. Check Selected folder > Scroll down to uncheck the photos Folders that contain the synced photos that you want to delete from iPad > Click Apply to save the changes.

Remove Selective Synced Photos

How to delete all synced photos from iPad
If you want to delete all synced photos from iPad using iTunes, just tap Photos and uncheck Sync Photos instead. A prompt window will appear, click Remove Photos and click Apply.

Delete Synced Photos

Wait for the changes to sync with your iPad. When it is finished, the unwanted synced photos should be removed from your iPad.

Option 2. Delete photos by syncing an empty folder to iPad with iTunes

Besides disabling iTunes syncing functions, you can also choose to create an empty folder on your computer to replace the folder synced to iPad to realize photo deletion. Follow the steps to make it.

Step 1. Create an empty folder on computer > Launch iTunes and connect your iPad to computer.

Step 2. Click the phone icon > Photos > Check Sync Photos > Click Copy photos from... to choose the empty folder you just created > Click Apply to start syncing.

Sync Photos Using iTunes

Once it is completed, your iPad folder that saves synced photos should be replaced by the empty folder and all the synced photos should be deleted from iPad.

Option 3. How to delete all synced photos from iPad without iTunes

You may wonder how to delete synced photos from iPad without iTunes. You can make use of iCloud on iPad to have a try. iCloud Photos is not compatible with iTunes sync. When you enable iCloud Photos on iPad, the iPad photos synced from iTunes will be removed with no effort.

Just go to the Settings app on your iPad > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Photos > Toggle on iCloud Photos. Tap Remove Photos and Videos when you receive a warning message.

Remove Photos And Videos

Part 2. Selectively transfer photos from computer to iPad

To avoid such trouble happening again, you can let a transfer tool help you transfer photos from computer to iPad. The PC-based transfer software FoneTool can be a nice choice for you.

Compared with iTunes, FoneTool has these features
✔ Simple and selective transfer process. You can choose to transfer the wanted photos from computer to iPad in just three steps without any effort.
✔ Fast transfer speed. With FoneTool, you can transfer 100 photos in just 3 seconds.
✔ Powerful transfer functions. Besides transferring from computer to iPad, FoneTool also supports you to transfer from iPad to computer and iPad to iPad. You’re free to transfer photos, videos, music among them.

FoneTool works well with iPhone and iPod as well. Click the icon below to download FoneTool to your computer and enjoy its transfer services.

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Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Locate PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

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Step 2. Click the folder icon to import the wanted photos from computer to iPad > Click Open to confirm. You can also drag and drop photos from the folder to the box.

Choose Photos

Step 3. Click Start Transfer to import photos to your iPad.


Besides the transfer functions, you can also rely on the tool to organize photo library in your daily life, such as automatically deleting duplicate and similar photos, backing up important files to computer, and so on.


That’s all for the three ways how to delete synced photos from iPad. You can either delete remove some of the synced photos in different folders or all synced photos by syncing with an empty folder or turning on iCloud Photos.

If you want to transfer files from computer to iPad without iTunes in the future, it’s highly recommended FoneTool. If this guide is helpful, please share it to help more people.