How to Permanently Delete Photos in iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad

The process of removing all the unwanted images for good in iOS 12 remains the same. The only difference is that the "Recently Deleted" album is no longer as obvious as before. Dive right in to get rid of all the redundant shots forever!

Wondering where has the “Recently Deleted” album gone in iOS 12? Well, I had also been in this same situation recently. Though it still exists in the stock Photos app, it doesn’t have a specific section anymore. So, how do you permanently delete photos on your iOS 12 devices?

There is no change in the way you get rid of the unwanted images for good. You just have to dig a bit to access the “Recently” deleted album. Once there, you will be able to clear out the redundant shots at one go.

For those unfamiliar, when you delete any images on your iOS device, they are stored in an album called “Recently Deleted.” And they are auto-deleted after 30 days. It comes very handy in a situation if you accidentally remove some of your memorable shots and wish to get them back.

How to Delete Photos Permanently on iPhone or iPad in iOS 12

Step #1. Open Photos app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.

Tap on Albums Tab in Photos App on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Next, scroll down to Other Albums section and tap on Recently Deleted.

Tap on Recently Deleted Album in iOS 12 on iDevice

Step #4. Next up, you will see the days remaining on the pics before they will be automatically cleaned up.

Tap Select at the top right corner. Up next, you have two options:

  • Delete All: Tap on it, if you wish to clean up the entire album at once.
  • Delete Individual Images: Select the photos you want to remove and then tap on the Delete button.

Delete Photos Permanently in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Go with the preferred option as per your need.

How to Recover Recently Deleted Photos in iOS 12

Accidentally deleted some photos and want to get them back? You can recover them all without any hassle.

Step #1. Open Photos app → Albums tab → scroll down and tap on the Recently Deleted album.

Tap on Recently Deleted Album in iOS 12 on iDevice

Step #2. Now, tap on Select at the top right → If you want to retrieve all the images, tap on Recover All. But if you wish to retrieve only a few photos, select them first. And then, tap on Recover.

Recover Recently Deleted Photos in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

That’s pretty much it!

Wrapping up:

Photos app for iOS has got some neat features like “For You” tab and the ability to create a shared iCloud photo album. They might not be very attractive but they do seem to be on point. What do you think of these changes?

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