How to delete photos off an iPhone with Windows 7/8

Posted: Tuesday 8 January 2013

If you own an iPhone or pretty much any iDevice and ever had a need to clear out the Photo Roll (also known as the "Photo App"), you might find that you're unable to delete everything off the phone at once though Apple's inbuilt app.

This is because you cannot directly delete folders, such as the "Camera Roll" fold off an iPhone, instead doing so individually.

To delete photos off an iPhone however, you first plug the device into a computer and delete photos in batch.

Which are the following steps:

  1. Visit "My Computer"/"This PC".
  2. Select the device of which you want to delete files from.
  3. Navigate to the hard drive directory called "Internal Storage".
  4. Navigate to the folder called "DCIM".
  5. And there will be a collection of folders of which you would have to perform the step below in each and every one of them:
    • Press Control+A to select all the images from each of the folder and press the "Delete" key in order to delete them.

There is considerable benefit to using the baked-in method of deleting files of the iDevice as opposed to an external solution, as instead of having to rely on external software or software downloads alongside the hassle of spending money on spammy software, all the functionality that you require in order to delete photos are there on your computer already.

This technique works with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus.

And also with the iPod Touch 2nd Generation, iPod Touch 4th Generation, iPod Touch 5th Generation

Alongside the Original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, The New iPad, The iPad Air, and the iPad Air 2.

Oh. And it's more obvious in Mac OS X: