How do I delete photographs from an iPad?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    This is a problem which touches on digital photograpy and I'm raising
    it in the hope that one of the more knowledgeable people here knows
    the answer.

    Just over two months ago I bought an iPad for the joint use of me and
    my wife. I had about two weeks of battle with setting up email
    accounts (the damned thing kept changing settings on me) before my
    wife set off with it for six weeks overseas. The only thing I managed
    to do with photographs was synchronise the iPad with one of the image
    directories in my computer.

    My wife returned with a swag of photographs copied into the iPad which
    she had taken with her camera. The originals remain in her camera. She
    had also copied several smaller swags into the iPad which she had
    copied from other peoples' cameras. To make matters more complicated
    she had edited a considerable number of images in the iPad and wanted
    to access the final result for printing

    I've now found out how to copy the photographs out of the iPad by
    backing up to my computer. What I haven't yet found is an easy way to
    delete +1800 images from the "All Imports" folder of the iPad. There
    doesn't even seem to be an easy way to select a large number of images
    at a time.

    Google tells me I'm not the first person to strike this problem and
    there are a number of recommended methods on the Internet. A problem
    which has emerged is that while my wife was away she accepted the
    invitation to upgrade to iOS6 which appears to be slightly different
    in it's user interface from the previous versions. Tricks which are
    claimed in various forums to make things easier don't seem to exist in
    my version of the iPad.

    Its not that I'm particularly worried by having to delete +1800 images
    one at a time. Its what will happen next that worries me. What happens
    when another 5000 images are added? ... then another 3000. Is it
    really Apple's intention that the machine fills up until it bursts?

    What do I do?
    Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012
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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Oct 30, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  4. Eric Stevens

    Savageduck Guest

    I have found one of the best ways to transfer images from iPad/iPhone
    to computer is to use the Photo Transfer App.
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    In the iPad all image files are stored in the "Camera Roll" and can be
    added to different albums from the "Camera Roll".

    To erase any images from the "Camera Roll" first open "Photos" which
    should be on the bottom of the App screen.
    Now you should see the available "Albums". If you haven't created any
    you will have at least one, the "Camera Roll". In the upper right
    corner you should see the "Action" button, a curved arrow pointing to
    the right, in a rectangle, touch that.

    Now in the top center you will see "Select Photos" do this by touching
    any of the thumbnails to produce a blue check mark on the thumbnail. On
    the top left you will see three options "Share", "Copy", and in red

    Select a group of photos and touch the red "Delete" button. This will
    open a dialog. If the image also appears in a secondary album to the
    "Camera Roll" (I have 24 different albums on my iPad) you will be
    advised; "This photo is used in an album. Do you want to delete it
    everywhere". Below this message you will see a fat red button which
    will either state "Delete" or "Delete Everywhere". touch that button,
    and poof! the offending image file(s) are deleted.
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  5. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    actually, backing up to your computer doesn't help. although it does
    copy the photos, it doesn't put them in a place where they're easily
    accessed, unless you are doing a restore to the device, and then
    everything in the backup is copied back.

    the way to copy the photos is just plug the ipad into your computer and
    it will show up as a digital camera. use whatever software you normally
    use to copy photos, including lightroom, explorer or whatever else you
    prefer. it's as simple as that.
    to delete on the device, tap the action button at the top right, then
    tap the photos you want to delete, then tap the red delete button.

    if you want to delete all, use whatever software you used to copy them
    and delete them there. again, the ipad shows up as a standard ordinary
    digital camera.
    that's because a lot of people are stupid.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  6. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    I presently have 'Camera Roll' containing three images, 'Last Import'
    containing fourteen images and 'All Imports' containing some 1800

    What I relly want to do is delete the 1800 images, but I don't want to
    do it one at a time. None of the three albums has the action button.
    If I touch 'Edit' I do get a red 'Delete' but that requires I select
    each image individually. If I select say 5 images and then hit
    'Delete' the iPad will ask me 'Delete Everywhere?'. If I say 'Yes' it
    will delete only the 5 I have selected. 1795 to go :-(
    Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012
  7. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    This is at the heart of my problem. While I have action buttons in
    some places, I don't have one where I need it for the purpose of
    You should read what I've written and then reconsider that remark.
    Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    That makes sense.
    OK! that is as I have detailed.
    Then something is truly screwy with your iPad setup. All image files
    are supposed to go to the camera roll as the primary storage folder.
    all other albums should be secondary. You should be able to execute an
    action, including delete on up to 200 images at a time.

    In Camera Roll I can delete entire albums retaining all the originals
    in "Camera Roll".

    I do not have a "Last Import" or an "All import" album or folder, but
    then I am using a Mac.
    What you are experiencing is not my experience. I have transferred many
    image files from my computer to my iPad and they end up in the "Camera
    So I would try to delete more than 5 at a time from your "All Imports"

    I would also suggest reading the iPad manual/user guide.
    Here is the iOS 5.1 iPad User Guide.
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    ....and here is the iOS 6 iPad User Guide.
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    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
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    DanP Guest

    Can you hook it to a computer via USB and delete folders from the computer?

    DanP, Oct 30, 2012
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    David Taylor Guest

    On 30/10/2012 10:10, DanP wrote:
    That's exactly what I do, but the directory names are mangled making it
    rather guesswork! Why Apple couldn't provide a "select all" option is
    beyond me - it seems that no-one must have tested using an iPad alone.
    David Taylor, Oct 30, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    I don't quite understand why you guys are having these issues with
    managing image files on an iPad/iPhone. I have a single image storage
    directory/folder/album, that is the "Camera Roll".
    I don't use Apple's photo streaming, iTunes, or iPhoto to manage image
    files on my computer, I use the tools on board the iPad & iPhone.

    I have individual albums which I populate from the Camera Roll". I can
    "Remove" individual or groups of images from these albums, they are not
    "Deleted" from the "Camera Roll".
    I can also "delete" individual albums, still retaining the original
    files in the "Camera Roll".

    To "Delete" individual, or groups of image files from my iPad or
    iPhone, I open the "Camera Roll", touch the "action" button (the one
    with the arrow sweeping to the right, and found in the upper right
    corner) select the files I want to delete by touching each one, and
    having that confirmed by seeing the blue check mark on the thumbnail.
    Then I have the option of deleting those files, all quite simple.
    Perhaps, not efficient when trying to manage/delete 100's, or 1000's or
    image files as one might when using a desktop or laptop computer, but
    simple enough.
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
  12. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    where are you looking?

    for deleting 1800 images, you really don't want to do it on the device.
    do it on the computer.
    what's to reconsider? a lot of people are stupid, they don't read the
    manual, they assume there's no way to do something and then whine on
    the internet.

    deleting photos is easy.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  13. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    you selected 5, so it deletes 5. what did you expect it to do?

    plug it into the computer and delete all of them there. why make this
    more complex than it needs to be?
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  14. yes, exactly ... a perfect example of the Apple philosophy ...
    make things VERY hard

    I have an iPod. I really wanted a non-Apple product with a better
    system, but all the ones I tried failed in 2 weeks or less,
    averaging 8 hours of use.

    So I bought an iPod. It lasted one year and two weeks then died ...
    which made my happy I paid for Best Buy's extended warranty. Several
    ones later, they have lasted an average of less than two years ...
    but that's better than 8 hours.

    But the user interface, including the obligatory iTunes, is
    screwed up. Especially on my last one, the Nano that is actually
    a grown-up Shuffle. It doesn't shuffle correctly. Nor would
    it, originally, play through a long playlist from beginning to end ...
    it got lost if turned off over a day. To their credit, a bitch to Apple
    by me and lots of others resulted in a software update that fixed that.

    But still .... iTunes and the iPod itself have woefully deficient
    in tools to actually play whole works of classical music
    correctly. There is a trivial solution that works perfectly,
    but it is a pain: rename each and every track you load into
    iTunes before you do the load ... meaning, don't use iTunes to
    rip CDs (you can, of course, with more work.) I rename every
    piece of music so one piece corresponds to an "album", whether
    it has one track (in some cases, up to 110 minutes!) or 50.
    This works. Then I make playlists with a hundred or two
    pieces of music ... randomly shuffled ... and load that on my 16 gig
    iPod. This works perfectly .... but its a pain: I had to write
    a computer program to to the playlist creation.

    All of Apple is like that, with other user convenience deficiencies ..
    and apparently Windows 8 is acting similarly.

    And this thread seems to say that the iPad is similar is useability problems.

    Doug McDonald
    Doug McDonald, Oct 30, 2012
  15. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    nonsense. even babies who haven't learned to talk yet can figure out
    how to use apple products.
    you got unlucky. i have several idevices, including a 10 year old ipod,
    and none of them have failed prematurely.
    what is 'shuffle correctly'? shuffle picks music at random. sometimes
    it might pick a song you don't like. that's what random *means*.
    you did something to make it stop in the middle.
    it wasn't broken.
    nonsense. first of all, it works just fine with classical. second, the
    names of the songs do not matter. itunes and ipods use id3 tags.

    also, if you use itunes, it adds the id3 tags automatically, so it's
    *less* work. you can edit them if you want to tweak it. if you use
    something else, the id3 tags may be incorrect, and you will have
    you're making more work for yourself, and it's no wonder you're having
    other problems.
    it really doesn't. it's the most convoluted way to do something.
    you are *really* making more work for yourself. *none* of this is
    not at all. deleting photos is trivial.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Agreed. There seems to be a handful of individuals unable to wrap their
    Windows centric thinking around the simple task of deleting images from
    iPad or iPhone.
    Savageduck, Oct 30, 2012
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    David Taylor Guest

    On 30/10/2012 15:26, Savageduck wrote:
    Not a matter of simplicity, it's usability. Touching each photo is fine
    if you have a small number to delete, but I take a hundred photos a day
    or more when on holiday, and I don't expect to have to touch a thousand
    images or more at the end of the trip. A select all option, or the
    ability to delete a day at a time is an obvious requirement which Apple
    have missed.

    David Taylor, Oct 30, 2012
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    No idea, but I'm glad I didn't buy Apple devices. At least with Android,
    once you connect it via USB, it becomes a mass storage device, allowing
    you to do whatever you want efficiently.
    Alfred Molon, Oct 30, 2012
  19. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    Agreed. There seems to be a handful of individuals unable to wrap their
    Windows centric thinking around the simple task of deleting images from
    iPad or iPhone.[/QUOTE]

    definitely. windows and especially linux conditions people into making
    things harder than it needs to be.
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
  20. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    as i said before, if you plug the ipad into a computer, it shows up as
    a standard digital camera and then you can copy and delete photos as
    you would with any other device, using whatever software you prefer.

    why is everyone making this far more complex than it needs to be?
    Guest, Oct 30, 2012
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