It may come as a surprise to you that deleting photos from the Photos app is not going to clear them from your device. The images will still remain on your device, taking up space and still being accessible. In this post you will be learning how to permanently delete photos from iPhone and iPad.
Deleting Images is Not Enough
One of the biggest known culprit for lack of storage on iPhones is images. Naturally, most users think of deleting images in order to free up storage space on their devices.
However, deleting images from the Photos app will not really clear that much space on your iPhone. This is due to a thoughtful setting in iOS that moves deleted images to a Recently Deleted Album. All your deleted photos will reside in this album for 30 days before they are actually removed from your iPhone.
As you will agree, it is really thoughtful of Apple to incorporate this safety mechanism for deleted photos on iPhones. This feature will be much appreciated by those who end up accidentally deleting photos from their phone for one reason or the other.
Permanently Delete Photos From iPhone and iPad
As mentioned above, photos that are deleted by users from the photos app are stored by iPhone in the Recently Deleted Album. You need to delete those Photos from the recently deleted folder as well, in case you are trying to recover storage space.
Another reason for permanently deleting photos from iPhone and iPad would be to make sure that deleted photos are gone from your device and are not accessible. This is especially true in case those photos can be classified as personal, private or embarrassing.
In case such photos are not permanently deleted, those images will still remain on your device for 30 days and can be recovered by anyone with access to your iPhone.
Follow the steps below to clear or delete photos from the Recently Deleted album on iPhone.
1. Open up the Photos app, and tap on Albums at the bottom of the screen (See image below)
2. Select Recently Deleted from the albums list.
3. Open the Recently Deleted Folder to view deleted photos. As you can see in the image below, the photo thumbnails have a number on them. This number indicates the number of days after which the photos will be finally deleted or cleared from your device.
4. Next, Tap on Select from the upper right corner of your screen (See image above)
5. Now tap on Delete All in the bottom left corner of your screen (See image below)
In case you want to delete a few selected photos, you can manually tap on each image that you would like to delete, and then click Delete in the bottom left corner.
6. Next, you will see a pop-up with options to Delete or Cancel. Tap on Delete XX Items to delete all or selected photos (in case you only want to delete selected photos).
Note: Delete All button turns to Delete whenever a photos is selected. In case you do not see Delete All option, it is because you have accidentally selected a photo somewhere in the Recently Deleted Folder. If this happens, Just Hit Cancel, and try again.