Best way to remove thousands of pictures on iPhone?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Dec 26, 2008
During a trip that happened about 3 months ago I took a TON of pictures and videos (Over 3k). All those images ended up taking a TON of space, I believe before the trip I was around 5GB of photos, now i'm at 25GB. They are all backed up on a computer and external hard drive, so id like to remove them from the phone to free up space.

What would be the easiest and best way to remove all of those images (except one or two, to save the pin when I view the map in photos app)?

Would going through the phone and selecting each one or going through Windows Explorer to delete the files work the fastest, or another way? The only thing I can't do is restore the phone.

Also, if I delete 3k photos, will some of the folders like "815KMYLY" be deleted? I currently have about 10 of those folders and would like to make it less and easier to find pictures when I import them through Windows explorer.


macrumors 68020
Sep 12, 2009
He's on Windows, not a Mac. But it's the same basic idea, I think.

OP - Load your phone as if it were a normal camera on Windows so you can browse the photos. You should be able to select and erase them from there, I think.
Yep. Connect the iPhone to the PC. Go to "Computer". Select your iPhone. You'll find one or more folders containing all your shot pictures. Delete the pictures (not the folders).


macrumors 6502
Jun 16, 2010
This may not help now, but maybe in the future. In most photo programs that I have used once you get done importing the photos from your iPhone/camera to the computer you have to option of the deleting them off the iPhone/camera.

I too take thousands of pictures each month and absolutely love this option.