How to Remove Pictures From an iPhone

by Spanner Spencer

As the iPhone has a built-in digital camera, it's easy to take many photos and store them on your device. These photos can be removed from your iPhone in two ways, freeing up space in your iPhone's memory. The Camera Roll is used to store and organize your photos on the iPhone and is also used to remove unwanted pictures from the device. Photos synced through iTunes can also be removed from your iPhone by changing the synchronization settings on your computer.

Deleting Photos from the Camera Roll

Launch the Photos app on your iPhone by tapping its icon on the Home screen.

Tap the "Camera Roll" album. Thumbnails of your photos are displayed.

Tap a thumbnail to bring the photo to full screen.

Tap the Delete button -- identified by an icon of a trash can -- in the lower right corner of the screen. Tap the red "Delete Photo" button.

Repeat this procedure with any other photos you want to remove.

Deleting Photos Through ITunes

Connect your iPhone to your computer using its USB cable. If iTunes does not open automatically when your computer detects the iPhone, launch it from the Start menu.

Select your iPhone from the "Devices" list in iTunes and open the "Photos" tab.

Uncheck the "Sync Photos From" box.

Click the "Remove Photos" button in the dialog box.

Click the "Apply" button. Any photos synced from your computer via iTunes are removed from the iPhone.


  • On the thumbnail overview page in the Photos app, tap the Action button -- identified by an icon of a box with an arrow pointing to the right -- and tap each photo you want to remove. Tap the "Delete" button to remove all the selected photos at one time.


  • Unless the photos have previously been synced with iTunes and copied to your computer, there is no way to retrieve a deleted photo on your iPhone.

Items you will need

  • iPhone USB cable

About the Author

Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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