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How to Delete All Photos from iPhone at Once

iPhone users may have two kinds of photos in their iPhone, one are photos shot with iPhone camera, and the other are photos synced from computer. These two kinds of photos can both be viewed in the Photos app, but they are saved in two different locations. The photos shot with iPhone camera are saved in Camera Roll, and the photos synced from computer are saved in the folder that has the same name as you select from computer. If people want to know how to delete all photos from iPhone at once, they will have different options for these two kinds of photos. The following post will introduce the methods which you can take advantage of to remove all photos from iPhone at once.

Part 1: What to Do Before You Delete All Photos from iPhone?

As you may know, the photos synced from computer can’t be deleted directly on iPhone. If people want to remove these photos from iPhone, they will need to re-sync iPhone with iTunes, or use the third-party iPhone transfer software to finish the task. If you want to delete photos from iPhone without iTunes, you can take advantage of Leawo iTransfer, which is regarded as the best iPhone transfer software. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and computers, and it helps users manage their iPhone files and moreover it can be used to back up the original files on your iPhone. The following guidance will show you how to delete photos from iPhone, and you can free download the software to have a try.

Step 1. Download Leawo iTransfer

Download and install Leawo iTransfer on your computer.

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  • Leawo iTransfer

    - Transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs with ease.
    - 6x faster than iTunes
    - Transfer up to 14 kinds of data and files without iTunes.
    - Support the latest iOS devices like iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, etc.
    - Play back, view, and delete data and files on iOS devices.
    - Support Windows & Mac OS

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to computer

Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. The software will recognize your iPhone once your iPhone has been connected to your computer.


Step 3. Show all the photos on iPhone

Click the name of iPhone and choose Photos in the left sidebar. The iPhone photos will display at the right side.


Step 4. Transfer these photos to your computer before you delete all photos from your iPhone

Check the square checkbox beside Name to select all photos, and click the transfer button at the right bottom. Then choose Transfer to > My Computer. Then, wait for the next step to transfer music photos from iPhone to computer.


Step 5. Confirm the Save to route

After selecting files to transfer, you’ll see a pop-up dialog. Check Save to Folder and click Change to choose a folder on computer to save the photos. Then click Transfer Now to start transferring photos from iPhone to computer.


Part 2: How to Delete All Photos from iPhone at Once Using Photos App?


The photos saved in iPhone Camera Roll can be deleted directly with your iPhone. You only need to tap the photo you want to delete, and then tap the Trash icon at the right bottom. Then you will the photo to Recent Deleted folder on your iPhone, and if you want to delete the photo permanently, you should go to the Recent Deleted folder, and deleted the photo once again. If you want to remove all photos from iPhone Camera Roll, you should go to your Camera Roll folder, and tap Edit at the upper right corner, then select all the photos you want to delete. After that, tap the Trash icon at the right bottom to move these photos to the Recent Deleted folder.

Part 3: How to Delete All Photos from iPhone at Once on Mac with Image Capture?

If you prefer to delete all photos from iPhone at once, you can also complete the task by using your Mac. Here you can refer to Image Capture for help. As a default app on Mac, Apple has allowed users to use Image Capture to simply delete all photos from iPhone immediately. But here you should notice that this method would not work if you are using iCloud Photo Library. In such a case, the delete button would be greyed out. You had better quit this photo app to keep going.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a proper USB cable. Here if your Mac doesn’t have a port, you may need an adapter.

Step 2: Open Image Capture on your Mac and then confirm that your iPhone agrees to be connected to Mac if there is any popup message on your iPhone.


Step 3: Once the iPhone has been detected by your Mac, then all the photos on your iPhone would show up in Image Capture.

Step 4: Press the buttons Cmd + A on your Mac keyboard to select all the photos in Image Capture, then click the small red circular icon to delete all of them. Then you can see the popup message confirming the deletion.


Part 4: How to Delete All Photos from iPhone at Once on Windows PC with File Explorer?

iPhone users may often come up with the problem of switching to another computer or updating hardware for computer, and then find that the photos in their iPhone can't be deleted though they are still available in their iPhone and take so much storage space. When meeting this situation, the iPhone users always feel annoyed. In fact, you can authorize the computer and connect iPhone with File Explorer to get rid of the photos you don't need.


If you don't mind plugging iPhone in computer, you can remove Camera Roll photos from iPhone with your computer. After connecting iPhone to computer with USB cable, your computer will recognize your iPhone on File Explorer as a portable device and allow you to view its Camera Roll folder. Now you can select the photos and hit Delete key, or right-click the selected photos and click Delete.

Part 5: How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone?

Sometimes if you deleted some important photos by accident, you can still find some ways to recover them. One of the simplest ways is to recover from the Recent Deleted bin. All you need to do is to open the Photo app on your iPhone and enter the Recent Deleted bin where you can view all the photos you have just deleted. Then tap Select option and choose the photos you would like to recover and click the Recover option at the bottom of the right corner. Then all the photos would be recovered from the Recent Deleted bin.

Furthermore, some cases would not be as nice as mentioned above. For example, maybe all the photos in the Recent Deleted bin have all been removed permanently from your iPhone. In such a case, how to recover deleted photos on iPhone? Here Leawo iOS Data Recovery tool would be useful on handling with these issues. As a comprehensive data recovery app for iPad, iPhone and iPod devices, Leawo iOS Data Recovery would easily recover the deleted files including files videos, messages, contacts, voice memos, WhatsApp, notes, audiobooks, reminders and other data information for these devices with different models.

Step 1. Download Leawo iOS Data Recovery

Choose a version according to your computer system, then download and install Leawo iOS Data Recovery in your computer.

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  • Leawo iOS Data Recovery

    - Recover lost or deleted data from iOS devices, iTunes backup and iCloud backup
    - Retrieve files from iTunes and iCloud backup even for lost or broken iOS devices
    - Restore 12 types of data, including photos, videos, SMS & MMS messages, contacts, call history, notes, calendar, etc.
    - Fully support all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models
    - 100% safe, accurate and speedy recovery
    - User-friendly interface and simple operations

Step 2. Choose recovery mode in main interface

Run Leawo iOS Data Recovery on computer and then use a proper USB cable to connect iPhone with your computer. This software will detect your iOS device automatically. After that, you need to pick up "Recover from iOS Device" to click on.


Step 3. Select photos to recover if you delete all photos from iPhone

When you view all categories of iPhone in the left sidebar of the software screen, you need to check “Photo Library”, or “Camera Roll”. Afterwards, you need to click on the "Recover" button at the rightmost corner of the interface.


Step 4. Choose target folder on your computer

In the pop-up dialogue, you need to click on "Open" button and then browse your computer to choose a proper location to save the exported files. After you set the target directory well, you can tap on the button of "Go" to start the process to recover files. In a few seconds, the data will be available in the folder.


Part 6: How to Delete All Photos from iPhone Permanently?

If you would like to delete all photos from iPhone permanently, you only need to do one more step by following the tutorial above. Just as mentioned above, you can directly go to Photos app and choose the photos you would like to remove. Then, actually all the photos you have deleted have not been deleted immediately from iPhone. Instead, all the photos would gather in the Recently Deleted folder where you further keep these photos for another more 30 days. After this period, all the photos would be removed automatically from iPhone permanently. What’s more, if you would like to permanently delete all the photos manually, after deleting the photos from Photo app, then enter the Recently Deleted folder and choose all the photos you would like to delete, and select Delete All to permanently erase your deleted photos.

Brian Jay

Brian Jay

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