Prior to iOS 7, you could head to Settings → General → Usage → Photos and delete all photos at once. This functionality has been removed from iOS 7. One obvious reason might be to prevent you from accidentally deleting all photos. There is no undo when you delete a photo (you can only rely on backups).

But quite a lot of users want to know how to delete a lot of photos from their camera roll. The standard solution that you hear is to select photos en masse and then delete them. If you’ve got something like 1000 photos, that process is going to take a lot of time.

How to Delete All Photos in iOS 7

We wanted a solution that’s easier and quicker. Yes, I’d still love a kill switch – a single button that will let me select all photos instantly and delete them.

At least, I should have a switch that would let me select all photos at once. For some reason, Apple decided not to have this feature in the Photos app.

But the “Moments” view of the photos can actually be an easy way to select a whole bunch of photos at once and then delete them. Here’s what I’m taking about:

Step #1. Open the Photos app.

Step #2. Tap on the Photos tab from the bottom.

Delete Photos Quickly in iOS 7

You need to be in the “Moments” view. If you see “Collections” or “Years” on top, tap on the photos to get into the “Moments”.

The Moments view shows you a day-wise list of photos. (it organizes photos into collections based on the day the photos were taken)Select Photos Moments View in iOS 7

Step #3. Now, tap on Select on the top.

Step #4. Now, tap on Select for each of the photo collection you want to remove. Every time you tap on the Select against a date, all photos in that collection get selected (shown by a blue check mark).

If you want to exclude a particular photo from the collection, just tap on it and the check mark should disappear from it.

Select-Photos-to-Delete-Quickly-in-iOS-7

After you’re done selecting all the collections you want to delete, tap on the delete icon.

I admit that it’s not akin to selecting all photos at once and then deleting them but it certainly is faster than individual selection.

  • Think Floyd

    Useless article. Your link says DELETE ALL PHOTOS in upper case and you failed to demonstrate that. I do not want a half assed way to delete SOME photos. I don’t care if the phone is incapable of doing this. You titled your article DELETE ALL PHOTOS not the phone.

    • Hi. The ‘Delete All’ is actually in title case. We found a faster way to
      delete the photos instead of selecting each one of them individually.
      And we shared it. If it’s not useful to you, I am sorry.

    • Straightthinker

      It worked for me. Although with an easily solvable glitch.

      Once they were deleted, they go into a “deleted items” folder on your photos, and there was a statement that they would be deleted permanently in 30 days. Then, at the bottom, you can tap to delete them immediately.