[Complete Guide] How to Delete Photos from iPhone

This guide will tell you how to delete photos from iPhone. You will know how to delete photos from iPhone but not iCloud and how to quickly delete all photos.

Lena by Lena Updated November 21, 2023
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If your iPhone is burdened with a large number of photos, it could potentially lead to a sluggish performance. In addition, iCloud only offers 5 GB of free storage space, which may not be enough to save all your photos.

Delete photos from iPhone

To address this issue, one viable solution is to delete unwanted photos, thus regaining valuable space. Deleting photos from your iPhone is a simple process. You have the option to remove individual photos or delete all photos from iPhone. Just keep reading to see how to delete photos from iPhone.

★Tips:
There is a risk of inadvertently deleting cherished memories. Therefore, it is highly recommended to backup iPhone photos before proceeding.
It's worth noting that when you delete a photo or video on one device, it will automatically be removed from all other devices linked to the same Apple ID.
If you encounter a grayed-out Trash button while attempting to delete a photo from your iPhone or iPad, it is possible that you need to cease syncing photos from your computer to resolve the issue.

How to delete photos from iPhone

Let’s start to see how to delete photos from iPhone. If you don't want to delete album on iPhone, you can follow the steps below to delete a single photo or multiple photos from your iPhone.

1. Launch the Photos app on your device.

2. Navigate to the Library tab and tap on "All Photos" to access your entire photo collection. Or you can go to the album that contacts the photos you want to delete.

3. Locate the specific photo that you wish to delete. You can tap "Select" option to select all the unwanted photos.

4. Tap the Trash button and tap "Delete XXX Photos" to proceed with the deletion.

Delete photos from iPhone

If you encounter a grayed-out Trash button while attempting to delete a photo from your iPhone or iPad, it is possible that you need to cease syncing photos from your computer to resolve the issue. More info: iPhone Won’t Let Me Delete Photos.

How to delete all photos from iPhone

When you want to delete all photos from iPhone or want to permanently delete photos from iPhone, an efficient solution is to use an iPhone eraser tool and FoneTool is recommended here.

FoneTool provides a user-friendly and straightforward approach to achieving this task. By utilizing this tool, you can quickly and securely remove unwanted photos from your device, allowing you to delete all photos at once while ensuring they are permanently eliminated, making them unrecoverable by any means.

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1. Launch FoneTool and plug in your iPhone.

2. Choose Toolbox > Choose Data Eraser > Go to Erase private data.

Erase private data

3. Select Photos > Enable Deep Erase Technology and click Start Erase.

Start Erase

FoneTool is one professional iPhone data management tool that supports data backup. If needed, you can first go to Phone Backup > Selective Backup to backup important photos to computer, USB flash drive or external hard drive.

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How to permanently delete photos from iPhone

After deleting photos from your iPhone, they are initially moved to the Recently Deleted album, where they remain for a period of 30 days. If no further action is taken, iOS will automatically remove them from your device after the 30-day period. If you want to permanently delete photos from iPhone, you can follow these steps to empty the Recently Deleted folder:

1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on "Albums" located at the bottom menu.

3. Scroll down until you reach the Utilities section, then tap on "Recently Deleted".

4. In the top right corner of the screen, tap on "Select".

5. To select all items in the folder, tap on "Delete All" positioned in the bottom left corner of the screen.

6. Confirm the deletion.

Delete recently deleted photos

If you wish to permanently remove photos from your iCloud account, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on your Apple ID, which is the button at the top of your Settings displaying your name.

3. Next, tap on "iCloud".

4. Then, select "Manage Account Storage".

5. From the list of options, choose "Photos".

6. Finally, tap on "Disable and Delete" or "Turn Off & Delete from iCloud".

Delete photos in iCloud

This action will prevent your photos from being saved on your iCloud account. Or you can go to iCloud.com to delete selected photos.

How to delete photos from iPhone but not iCloud

When iCloud Photos is enabled on your iPhone, any changes made to your iPhone photos will be reflected in iCloud, and vice versa. Therefore, if you delete photos from your iPhone while iCloud Photos is active, these items will also be deleted from iCloud. What if you want to maintain a backup of your photos in iCloud? In this case, you may want to know how to delete photos from iPhone but not iCloud.

Fortunately, there is a solution to delete photos from your iPhone but keep on iCloud. By disabling iCloud Photos, you can achieve this goal. Disabling iCloud Photos ensures that the photos are only deleted from your iPhone, leaving the copies in your iCloud.

To disable the sync of photos between your iPhone and iCloud, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on your name at the top of the Settings menu, then select "iCloud".

3. Locate and tap on "Photos".

4. Toggle off the switch next to "iCloud Photos" or "Sync this iPhone".

Turn off iCloud Photos

5. A prompt will appear asking what you want to do with the items in iCloud Photos. Choose the option that suits your preference.

  • Choose Remove from iPhone to delete all photos.
  • Choose Download Photos & Videos to keep photos on iPhone and then go to Photos app to delete unwanted photos.

There are other two alternative solutions to keep your iCloud photos safe while deleting them from your iPhone. Here are two options:

  • Use a different iCloud account: you can keep the photos from the previous iCloud account safe while managing a separate iCloud storage for your current needs.
  • Utilize a different cloud server: Consider using alternative cloud storage services like Dropbox or OneDrive to back up your photos. By uploading your photos to a different cloud server, you can securely store them while freeing up space on your iPhone.

More info: How to Delete Photos from iPhone but Not iCloud 2023 

Final words

That’s all about how to delete photos from iPhone. Deleting photos from your iPhone is indeed an effective method to free up storage space. There are two main approaches you can take:

  • Go to the Photos album on your iPhone and manually delete unwanted photos one by one or use FoneTool to quickly delete all photos from your iPhone.
  • FoneTool is a recommended option when you intend to sell or give away your old iPhone that contains personal photos you don't want anyone else to access.

Both methods have their advantages, and the choice depends on your specific requirements and preferences. Whether you opt for manual deletion or utilize FoneTool, the end goal is to efficiently manage your iPhone's storage space while safeguarding your personal information.

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