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Mass delete photos from iPhone's Camera Roll iOS devices
There is no easy way to mass delete some (but not all) photos from the Camera Roll from the iPhone. Here is the solution I found.

Before iOS5, I'd never used the iTunes app to sync my photos. Instead, I've used the highly rated app called PhotoSync (wireless sync for iPhoto/iPhone). When doing this, my iPhone collected many photos, all 1561 of them and never deleted them. The solution was to mount the iPhone as a camera in Apple's Image Capture application. This allowed me to select my 1000 photos I didn't want and delete them with ease.

[crarko adds: Once again, Image Capture comes to the rescue. Note that iPhoto will either let you keep or delete all the images on an import, but doesn't give much choice beyond that.]
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But no preview...
Authored by: gabester on Dec 23, '11 10:34:10AM

Why on earth does ImageCapture of all things LACK the ability to preview the images - esp. if it is ones that it knows you have already imported to your destination folder? Otherwise it's a very handy app but this serious shortcoming makes it difficult for me to know which photos and movies I should delete from my iPhone - first I have to import the file, then view it in the finder or preview or quicktime, then go back to ImageCapture to delete it.

I hope others will hear my cry and make a feature request of Apple!



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But no preview...
Authored by: rolffz on Dec 27, '11 11:30:11AM

There is a grid or list view available, with previews, in image capture where you can 'edit' the photos.



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Mass delete photos from iPhone's Camera Roll
Authored by: milkmage on Dec 23, '11 11:38:48AM

hang on. it's not totally obvious but:

iphone 4S current OS

Open photo browser
get into the grid view for the album with the pics you want to get rid of
tap the "share" button - upper right hand corner (box with arrow jumping out)
tap each pic you want to "share"
note the DELETE button at the bottom (next to share, copy, add to buttons)



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Mass delete photos from iPhone's Camera Roll
Authored by: rolffz on Dec 27, '11 07:52:38AM

I don't see a 'delete' button. Only: Share | Copy | Add To



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Mass delete photos from iPhone's Camera Roll
Authored by: dilvish1984 on Dec 30, '11 02:39:56PM

The "Delete" option is only available on the Camera Roll album, if I'm not mistaken... could you be looking at another album?

You can't modify any albums that are on your iOS device as a result of syncing with iTunes, and you can only "Remove" items from any albums you created on the device (the images will still be on your device, just not in that album any longer). This all follows logically if you keep in mind that the Camera Roll album is actually the only place that pictures taken with the device are stored -- every other album just contains synced images or pointers to images actually stored elsewhere. For the time being, all of this also applies to the Photo Stream album (with the exception that you can duplicate an image from your Photo Stream album back to your Camera Roll album).



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Mass delete photos from iPhone's Camera Roll
Authored by: Swifty6 on Dec 27, '11 09:16:00AM

You can use the wire used to charge your iPhone to attach the IPad camera adaptor . You ca download all or selected photos on you iphone to your ipad . This allows you to transfer videos that are too long to send by email . Download what you want to keep and discard the rest in Camera roll.



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Mass delete photos from iPhone's Camera Roll
Authored by: n_godwin on May 07, '12 02:44:45AM

The simplest Mac solution is to connect your iPhone to your mac and use the application ‘Preview’ to preview all the images on your iPhone (File/Import from ‘Name of iPhone’). Import the ones you want or not as the case may be. To delete multiple images select them and press the delete button at the bottom of the window pane. That's it...



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Mass delete photos from iPhone's Camera Roll
Authored by: marytw on Mar 22, '13 08:11:28AM

The previous suggestion worked perfectly.

So easy . . . .

Thank you!



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