Delete extra burst mode photos?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Tammster, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. Tammster macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    S Florida USA
    Seems I can't turn off burst mode so I'm wondering how to delete all of the extra shots I keep taking by accident. A few shots I took like 30 before I realized it.
  2. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Why do you hold the photo button down for so long?
  3. veedubshafer macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2012
    If you don't hold the button it only takes 1.
  4. mjcxp macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    Just select the ones you want as favorites and delete the burst mode picture.
  5. Tammster thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    S Florida USA
    I can't figure out how to delete?


    Clearly, but it's easier said than done.
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you click edit favorites you can check the pics you like. It will copy them out of the stack, then delete the burst stack.
  7. Tammster thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    S Florida USA
  8. khsc hmidt macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2016
    Oceanside, CA
    A more straightforward method (on the Mac): Double click the burst. Make your selection. Click the selected photo (a blue check mark appears). Click "done". In the window that pops up, select "keep only selection".
  9. ohialani macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2016
    How do I "edit Favorites?" I looked everywhere but keep not seeing it... I am on imac.

    I would give a lot to be able to turn off burst mode.
  10. ApfelKuchen, Feb 12, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2016

    ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    How much???

    Well, burst mode can't be disabled. Just get in the habit of taking your finger off the shutter after you click.

    But in terms of editing burst images on Mac?

    Photos automatically creates a Bursts album (forget about Favorites, since you probably want to trash the non-favorites as well - besides, the only way to "edit" Favorites is to un-favorite an image by tapping the heart icon).

    Go into the Bursts album, and open (double-click) an image. You should see Make a Selection... in the upper left of the image. Click it.

    Below the image, you should see a series of thumbnails representing all the images in the burst. You can click those thumbnails to navigate through the burst images.

    In the lower right of each image is a circle (check-box) - check those images you want to save.

    When you've selected whatever images you want from the burst, click Done in the upper right. You will then get a popup "Would you like to keep the other X photos in this burst?" "Keep Only Selection/Keep Everything."
  11. beernut macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2016
    get in the habit of using the volume buttons to take the pic. you're a lot less likely to hold them down as they're physical buttons.
  12. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Apfel, excellent tutorial! I just used your step-by-step directions to trim down the collection of inadvertent Burst Mode photos.

    While I probably didn't save all that much space, at least it cleaned up my Photos Library a tad!
  13. kidologist macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    I am searching this, because Photos does NOT do this... I click Make a Selection, click only the one I want, and make sure the others are NOT checked, but when you hit done, nothing happens. The bursts are all still there.

    Is this a bug? So annoying to not be able to remove unwanted bursts - works on phone, but not on Mac.

    Thanks for any help.
  14. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    It is very annoying to not be able to take a single shot without hitting, and jarring the phone. I was so used to holding and releasing the button to gently take a shot. I hate having to punch and shake the camera. This was not thought out really well. :(
  15. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Can't de-bug from this distance, but it works the way I described on my iMac, running Sierra 10.12.3 (just tried it again). When I click "Done" in the upper left I get a dialog box "Would you like to keep the other photo(s) in this burst?"

    If you haven't restarted your Mac, try doing that. Try starting in Safe Mode, see if it works properly then (perhaps a startup item that's disabled by Safe Mode is blocking the dialog box).
  16. doyles macrumors newbie


    Mar 12, 2017

    Hi--I found this very frustrating, too! Same experience. Here is what started to work for me. In the left-hand menu bar, there is a special folder called "Bursts". Once I had selected one photo, with its blue check mark, and said "done", it did NOT give me the option just to keep that one. (I think that once you do it once, it never asks you again.)

    However, under the image menu, at the bottom, it says, "delete one burst". Select it. It will say, delete burst but keep favorite? I agreed--and it kept the photo I wanted.

    Hope this helps!
  17. Hocneref, May 19, 2017
    Last edited: May 29, 2017

    Hocneref macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2017
    I guess , no matter delete photos from iPhone ,or Android device , or Mac , the delete principle is the same, the result is the same , first , make sure the photos are backed up to a computer and or to SmugMug, then uninstall the app and reinstall. When the app is uninstalled the images are deleted as well. Then in the backed up copy of the files on SmugMug and/or on your computer you can delete the unwanted pictures there.
  18. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Uninstall and reinstall what app? What does this have to do with managing burst photos?
  19. chilman macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    When you set on the timer, it will automatically take the burst shot, this frustrate me too. My selfie stick doesn't have the shot button, so i must set the timer on, and you can't get away without activating the burst mode on. I can manage taking single shot when I press once with my finger, not if it is on timer, try it so you'll know what I mean. And deleting all the other 9 is such a hassle.
  20. Cazaly macrumors newbie


    Jul 26, 2017
    For those trying to edit a burst on a Mac, you have to (1) select the burst, and click on “Make a selection” appears in the top right corner of the photo; (2) choose your preferred photo and click in the circle that appears in the bottom right corner of the photo (which produces a tick); (3) Click “Done” in the top right corner of the window. You should then get the “Would you like to keep the other X photos in this burst” dialog box.
  21. GCB_1951 macrumors newbie


    Aug 10, 2017
    Thank You so much! Finally. That little circle in bottom right corner isn't that noticeable .
  22. SLKisling macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2017
    Thanks! You just saved me several hours of work and immeasurable amounts of frustration.

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