4 Ways: How to Delete All Photos on iPad

Discover a hassle-free method to free up space on your iPad by learning how to delete all photos with this easy step-by-step guide.

Demi by Demi Updated May 17, 2024
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Being a more portable gadget than a laptop, the latest iPad can now easily handle photos that could only be processed on a computer. With the power of the iPad, your photo app is bound to fill up with tons of photos too! In this case, you may think of deleting some or all photos from iPad to get more storage spaces.

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In this comprehensive guide, we will explore various methods to efficiently delete all photos on your iPad. From using built-in features to relying on third-party software. Without further ado, let's get started.

Preparation: Disable iCloud Sync for Photos

If you'd like to delete all photos from iPad only but not iCloud, you have to disable iCloud sync for photos in advance, so that the files in iCloud Photos and photos on other devices where you're signed in to iCloud Photos won't be affected. Go through the preparations to disable iCloud sync for photos.

Go to your iPad Settings > Tap on [your name] > Tap iCloud > Photos > Toggle off the switch next to iCloud Photos.

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Common Methods to Delete All Photos on iPad

When it comes to deleting photos from iPad, the first thing you will definitely think of is deleting your iPad's photos from the Photos. It can be due to the fact that you have enabled the iCloud Photos, you may worry whether it will affect the photos in your iCloud. If you have similar concerns, this part of the method will make it clear to you.

Alternatively, you can head to the next part to utilize a third-party tool to backup important iPad photos, and then delete all iPad photos in one click at a time.

1# How to Delete All Photos but not Videos on iPad Photos App

If you'd like to delete only all photos but keep videos on your iPad, you can use the built-in Search functions in iPad Photos app to make it. Here are the detailed steps you can follow.

Step 1. Open iPad Photos app, and select Search > Type the word “photos”, and hit the Search button on the keyboard.

Step 2. Tap See All and use the Select button to choose all photos to delete.

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2# How to Delete All Photos and Videos from iPad

You can also choose to delete all photos and videos from iPad Photos app to empty your Photos app by selecting Library in Photos app, and then tapping All Photos. Tap Select at the right corner of the screen, and choose all the photos and videos to erase.

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Manually deleting all photos and videos from your iPad prevents photos in your Favorites from being deleted. If you want to keep the photos in your Favorites, just be sure that when you select the photos to delete, you don't select the ones with the heart pattern in the lower-left corner.

3# Permanently Delete All Photos from iPad

After deleting all photos from iPad Photos app, the iPad doesn't remove them right away. Instead, the deleted photos will be moved to the Recently Deleted folder and stored for 30 days, allowing them to be recovered. When you need space, clear the Recently Deleted folder and permanently erase anything from your iPhone.

To permanently delete all photos on iPad, go to Albums in the Photos app > Scroll down to locate and open Recently Deleted (Authenticate your identity with Face ID or Touch ID) > Tap Select > Tap on Delete All in the bottom left corner of the screen and confirm.

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Can't delete photos from iPad? This might be the result of previously syncing photos from your computer to your iPad with iTunes or third-party transfer tools. Stop syncing photos from your PC to solve the issue.

One-Click Delete All Photos on iPad via FoneTool 

When you intend to delete all photos from your iPad or delete photos permanently, an effective method is to utilize an iPhone eraser tool, such as FoneTool. FoneTool makes the erase task as simple as ABC.

Using this software, you may swiftly and securely delete all photos at once while guaranteeing they are permanently deleted, rendering them unrecoverable under any circumstances. 

Click the icon below to download FoneTool to your computer, and follow the steps below to know how to delete all photos from iPad in one click using FoneTool.

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Preparation: Selectively Backup iPad Photos to PC
If needed, you can first go to FoneTool's Phone Backup Selective Backup to backup important iPad photos to computer, USB flash drive, or external hard drive as per you prefer.

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How to Delete All Photos from iPad via FoneTool
Step 1. Launch FoneTool and plug in your iPad with USB > Choose Toolbox from FoneTool's homepage > Choose Data Eraser > Go to Erase private data.

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Step 2. Select Photos > Optionally, you can enable Deep Erase Technology to deeply ease iPad data > Finally, click Start Erase to begin the erasing process.

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That's all for how to delete all photos from iPad. No matter whether you choose to delete them from your iPad directly or rely on FoneTool, professional iOS data management tool, hope you can succeed in deleting unwanted files from iPad without losing anything else. If this guide is helpful, please feel free to share it with others.

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