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How to delete all photos from an iPad

Need to delete all of the Photos stored on your iPad? Here’s how it’s done.

Whether you’re looking to free up valuable storage space, to create a clean slate for more images, or you simply no longer wish to use your iPad for viewing photos, it helps if you know how to delete all photos from an iPad.

Slightly annoyingly, there is no ‘delete all’ function within the Photos app, or anywhere within iPadOS for that matter. However, it is still relatively simple to delete all of your images. Here’s how.

What we used

The Short Version

  • Open Photos
  • Select, tap and drag
  • Hold and scroll
  • Hit Delete
  1. Step

    Open Photos

    Open up the Photos app, select Library in the left hand menu, and tap All Photos on the top bar.

  2. Step

    Select, tap and drag

    Tap Select, then tap the final photo in the bottom right corner and swipe to the left to the penultimate photo. Without breaking contact with the screen, continue your swipe diagonally to the top left corner of the screen. Your photos should be scrolling up and selecting with blue tick marks at this point. Hold your finger in place in the top left corner until all of your images are selected.iPad iOS Photos delete

  3. Step

    Hit Delete

    Remove your finger from the screen and tap the rubbish bin icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. Tap Delete [number of photos] Photos to send all the images stored on your iPad to the bin.iPad iOS Photos delete


Why is my storage still full?

Your deleted photos won’t actually be removed permanently from your device until 30 days from deletion. Head into Recently Deleted in the left hand menu and repeat the above process to permanently delete the images.

How do I undo the deletion?

With that 30 day grace period in mind, head into the Recently Deleted folder in the left hand menu, select any deleted images, then tap Recover to put them back.

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