i cant delete photos on ipad D:

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pcomac, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    i have a bunch of photos in the photos app that comes with the ipad. i can delete the photos thats on my camera roll but i uploaded some photos from my computer directly to my ipad 2 using usb thing. i want to delete one of those photos but i cant find a way to do that. the little trashcan symbol doesnt show up on those photos like it does on the camera roll photos. how can i delete the photos i uploaded/synced from my computer using the usb thing?
  2. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    Yes, I would like to know too. It's like you can't delete photos that weren't taken with my iPad or iPhone. I wonder if you have to connect to iTunes using a pc and then delete them fron iTunes. I have 5gb of old photos and would like to delete probably 50% of them.
  3. ckc
    macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    If you have synced the photos from your iPad or iPhone to your computer and the synced them back later you can only delete them by deleting the images from the folder on your computer and then resycning it again.
    One the photos are in a folder on your computer and been synced to your device that is the only way to delete them
  4. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2012
    Go into iTunes and delete from the folder itself.
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2011
    Within the Photo app, select the album you want to delete the photos in. Then touch the arrow icon in the upper right of the screen. Then select each photo you want to delete, should show a blue circle with a white check mark on the photo when selected. When all are selected, hit delete.

    I just deleted over 2 gbs of photos like this earlier today. Only took a couple of minutes.
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2009
    I tried this, but I don't see the Delete button. I see Share, Copy, Add To..., and Cancel.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Photos sync'd to the iPad from iTunes can only be removed by either settings iTunes to not sync (and thereby removing them) or removing the photos on the computer and then sync again (removing them from the iPad).

    There is no delete option locally on the iPad for sync'd photos.
  8. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You don't have to delete the folder, just uncheck it.
  9. TooFastForLove, Aug 21, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2012

    macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2007
    GAHH, I'm having the same issue too.

    If there's no delete option locally for sync'd photos, then what else is there to do? So far, the only option I have to get photos onto my iPad in the first place is to *sync* them, no drag 'n drop options to be seen - God forbid we make things easy. From there, they just STAY there until I manually uncheck them from the source (my MBP)? For real?

    Yeah, I know I sound pissed :) But come on, does this need really to be a painful process?

    EDIT: There's the 'Manually Manage Music and Videos' option which allows for an easy drag 'n drop for both my iPhone and iPad, does something exist for Photos somewhere??
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Cox's Creek, KY
    It's simple and some of these peoples solutions are completely off the wall.

    They're synced photos, you can't delete it them from the iPad without erasing ALL of them via the Settings app.

    You want to connect it back to your computer, and delete that photo or move out of the folder so it won't sync back to your iPad and you can also uncheck that photo.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    lol I remember posting about this in 2010. I haven't synced a photo to my iPad since. Now I Only keep imported photos from my camera and downloaded photos in my library. :D iOS is still goofy in the middle of 2013
  12. Yoavdt1plca, Sep 20, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2014
    In that case it depends on how you currently sync photos. If you sync from your iPhoto library you can create an album of only the pics you want. But this methods doesn't completely delete photos from iPad, it still can be recovered by iOS professional data recovery.

    You would need special apps/programs like Safe Eraser to permanently deleted data from your iPad device.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2014
    Uncheck the photos for sync and delete them via iTunes.

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