How to Delete All Photos from iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you want to clear up space or just want a fresh start, deleting all photos from your iPad is the way to go. We’ll walk you through the steps on how to do it quickly and easily. By the end, your iPad will be ready for new memories!

How to Delete All Photos from iPad

In this guide, you’ll learn how to delete every photo from your iPad. This will completely clear out your photo library. Follow these steps carefully to ensure you don’t accidentally delete photos you want to keep.

Step 1: Open the Photos App

First, open the Photos app on your iPad. This app looks like a colorful flower icon.

Your Photos app is the central hub for all your pictures and videos on your iPad. Once you open it, you’re ready to start selecting and deleting.

Step 2: Go to the Albums Tab

Tap the “Albums” tab at the bottom of the screen to view all your photo albums.

This tab helps you see all your albums, making it easier to manage your photos. You’ll see categories like “All Photos,” “Selfies,” and more.

Step 3: Select All Photos

Locate the “All Photos” album and tap on it to open it.

The “All Photos” album contains every picture and video on your device. Opening it allows you to see everything in one place.

Step 4: Tap the “Select” Button

In the top-right corner, tap the “Select” button.

This button allows you to choose multiple photos at once. Without it, you would have to delete each photo one by one, which would take forever!

Step 5: Drag Your Finger to Select Multiple Photos

While holding down the “Select” button, drag your finger across the photos to select multiple ones at once.

This method speeds up the process of selecting many photos. You can drag your finger down rows of pictures to highlight them all.

Step 6: Tap the Trash Icon

After selecting the photos, tap the trash can icon in the bottom-right corner to delete them.

Once you hit the trash icon, a prompt will appear asking if you’re sure you want to delete the photos. Confirm to proceed.

Step 7: Empty the Recently Deleted Folder

Go back to the Albums tab, scroll down to find the “Recently Deleted” album, and open it. Tap “Select,” then “Delete All.”

Your photos aren’t completely gone until you empty this folder. Think of it as a safety net in case you change your mind.

After following these steps, all your photos will be deleted from your iPad. This action clears up storage and removes all your pictures from the device.

Tips for Deleting All Photos from iPad

  • Consider backing up your photos to iCloud or another storage service before deleting them.
  • Use the “Select All” option in the “Recently Deleted” folder to speed up the process.
  • Remember that deleted photos can still be recovered within 30 days from the “Recently Deleted” folder unless you delete them from there.
  • If you want to delete photos permanently and immediately, make sure to clear the “Recently Deleted” folder.
  • Regularly manage your photos to avoid the need for mass deletions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover photos after they are deleted from the Recently Deleted folder?

No, once you delete photos from the “Recently Deleted” folder, they are gone for good.

How do I back up my photos before deleting them?

You can back up your photos by using iCloud, Google Photos, or transferring them to a computer.

Will deleting photos free up space on my iPad immediately?

Yes, deleting photos will free up space, especially after clearing the “Recently Deleted” folder.

Can I delete albums instead of individual photos?

Deleting an album will not delete the photos within it. You’ll need to delete the photos directly.

What if I accidentally delete a photo I want to keep?

You can recover it from the “Recently Deleted” folder within 30 days.


  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Go to the Albums tab.
  3. Select All Photos.
  4. Tap the “Select” button.
  5. Drag your finger to select multiple photos.
  6. Tap the trash icon.
  7. Empty the Recently Deleted folder.


Deleting all photos from your iPad can be a lifesaver if you’re running out of space or just want a clean slate. Just remember to back up any important pictures before diving into the process. With these simple steps, you’ll have your iPad photo-free in no time. Don’t forget to regularly manage your photos to prevent clutter and make future deletions easier.

Whether you’re a tech newbie or a seasoned pro, following these instructions will help you maintain a tidy and efficient iPad. If you found this guide helpful, consider sharing it with friends or bookmarking it for future reference. For more tips and tutorials on managing your iPad and other devices, stay tuned!

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