iOS 17: How to Delete Pictures on iPhone Easily and Quickly

Deleting pictures on your iPhone is as easy as finding the photo you no longer want, tapping it, and hitting the trash can icon. But don’t worry, even if you change your mind later, deleted photos go into the ‘Recently Deleted’ album for 30 days before they’re gone for good. Ready to free up some space? Let’s dive into the details.

You can also watch this video about how to delete pictures on iPhone for additional information.

Step by Step Tutorial: Deleting Pictures on iPhone

Before we start, remember that once you delete a photo, it’s not immediately gone forever. You have a 30-day grace period to change your mind. Now, let’s get to the steps.

Step 1: Open the Photos App

Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

This is where all your photos are stored. You can find the app on your home screen or by searching.

Step 2: Select the Photo(s) You Want to Delete

Tap on the photo or photos you want to remove.

If you want to delete more than one photo, tap “Select” in the top right corner and then tap on each photo.

Step 3: Tap the Trash Can Icon

After selecting the photo, tap the trash can icon at the bottom right corner.

This will move the photo to the ‘Recently Deleted’ album.

Step 4: Confirm Deletion

Confirm that you want to delete the photo.

A pop-up will appear asking if you’re sure you want to delete the photo. Tap “Delete Photo” to confirm.

After completing these steps, the selected photos will move to the ‘Recently Deleted’ album, where they will stay for 30 days in case you need to recover them.

Tips for Deleting Pictures on iPhone

  • Tip 1: If you’re trying to free up space, remember to permanently delete photos from the ‘Recently Deleted’ album.
  • Tip 2: Use the ‘Select’ feature to delete multiple photos at once.
  • Tip 3: Accidentally deleted a photo? Check the ‘Recently Deleted’ album to recover it.
  • Tip 4: Be mindful that deleting a photo from your iPhone also deletes it from your iCloud account if you’re using iCloud Photos.
  • Tip 5: For a clutter-free Photos app, regularly review and delete unwanted photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I delete all my photos at once?

To delete all your photos, you’ll have to select each photo manually and then hit the trash icon. There’s no feature to delete all photos in one go for safety reasons.

Can I recover a photo after 30 days?

Once a photo is deleted from the ‘Recently Deleted’ album, it cannot be recovered.

How do I permanently delete photos from the ‘Recently Deleted’ album?

Open the ‘Recently Deleted’ album, tap “Select”, choose the photos, and then tap “Delete”.

Do deleted photos take up space on my iPhone?

Deleted photos in the ‘Recently Deleted’ album take up space for 30 days unless removed permanently.

Will deleting photos from my iPhone delete them from my other devices?

If you’re using iCloud Photos, then yes, deleting a photo from your iPhone will delete it from all devices connected to that iCloud account.


  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Select the photo(s) you want to delete.
  3. Tap the trash can icon.
  4. Confirm deletion.


Now that you know how to delete pictures on your iPhone, your photo library should be feeling lighter already. Remember, it’s not just about getting rid of the old, but making room for new memories too. And if you ever have second thoughts, the ‘Recently Deleted’ album is your safety net. So go ahead, keep snapping, and keep your photo collection fresh and up to date. Who knows, with all this newfound knowledge and a tidier photo library, you might just become the go-to iPhone photo guru among your friends and family. Happy photo managing!