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Most enthusiastic mobile photographers have probably encountered a well-known issue when snapping pictures with their smartphone: there are too many photos. If you’re running out of space for more photos on your iPhone or perhaps you want to get rid of everything on your phone’s memory, we’re going to help you with this guide.
In case you are looking to sell your phone or give it away, another option could be to empty your iPhone completely with a factory reset. Check out our other blog post where we go through the process of doing a factory reset on an iPhone.
Next, we’re going to tell you how to delete individual and multiple photos at once. We’ll also instruct you on how to recover deleted photos.
The process of deleting a single photo is simple. Just open the photo you want to delete and press an icon representing a trashcan. You’re presented with a prompt confirming that you want to delete the photo. Press “Delete Photo”.
There! The photo has been removed from your iPhone’s Photos. This same process applies to deleting videos.
In case you have multiple photos you want to delete, you can select these in your iPhone’s Photos app, instead of deleting each photo individually. Here’s how to do it.
In addition to deleting multiple photos by selecting them by hand, you can also remove entire albums of photos as well. Instead of tapping on the different photos after pressing “Select”, just press “Select All” to select all photos inside the album. If you want to empty your iPhone completely from photos, just go ahead and delete all of the albums.
Even though we have just deleted a bunch of photos from your iPhone in the previous sections, there’s still something you can do to retrieve them. Photos deleted on your iPhone can be found in the “Recently Deleted” album.
All photos deleted on your iPhone will remain there for 30 days after you remove them. So, they are actually still on your device until you remove them from this folder or after they have remained in this folder for 30 days.
Here’s what to do if you want to recover deleted photos.
To delete the photos permanently, you’ll have to go to the “Recently Deleted” album and delete the photos again. This same procedure applies to videos.
You now know how to delete and restore photos on your Apple iPhone. In case you remove a photo permanently, there are still ways to restore them. However, you’ll have to resort to additional third-party applications and services to do so.
In case you want to ensure that none of your photos get deleted for good, it’s a good idea to make backups of your iPhone regularly. Read our blog post to learn more about backing up your iPhone.