How To Delete All Photos Off Your iPhone At Once

August 10, 2011

I went to take a picture with my iPhone the other day and it told me that I didn’t have enough space. I discovered that I hadn’t deleted a single pictures or video off my iPhone all year. Not good since I’ve already synced and saved them in Aperture. Not wanting to take the time to delete them all once at a time, I went looking for a way to delete them en masse. Here’s the ten simple steps. (This was done on a Mac but a similar approach should work with Windows.)

(1) Open a Finder window and look for Image Capture in the Applications folder.

(2) Launch Image Capture.

(3) Plug in your iPhone and you should see something like this.

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(4) To keep it clean, I created a new folder to dump all of my pictures in. To do this, click the Import To: drop down.

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(5) Click [New Folder].

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(6) Name your folder and click [Create].

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(7) Click [Choose].

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(8) Now before you click [Import All] remember that we’re doing this in order to delete all of the photos on our iPhone after the import. Therefore, make sure to check [Delete after import]. Now that you’ve checked [Delete after import], click [Import All].

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(9) You should now have an empty Photos folder on your iPhone. Hooray!

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(10) You will however have a full iPhone Trash folder on your desktop. I simply moved mine to the trashcan.

Mission complete.

One Response to “How To Delete All Photos Off Your iPhone At Once”

  1. Karli said

    ARRGH! Thank you so much. Can’t believe there are 9 zillion steps (when perhaps a “delete all” button would be nice – LOL)… but your suggestion worked beautifully. Goodbye 900 photos! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to write all this out! 🙂

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