There are several ways you can delete photos from an iPhone. The quickest is of course through the iPhone Photos app directly, but if that isn’t an option for you, we’ll discuss some other ways as well.

Before we start, you should know that deleting a photo from iPhone would also remove it from the iCloud library. There’s no direct option to disable this behaviour. If you wish to keep deleted photos it in the iCloud library, you need to remove the iCloud backup for photos on your iPhone before deleting a photo.

🀳 Delete a single photo from iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
    Open Photos App icon iPhone
  2. Tap the photo that you wish to delete.
    iPhone Photo Select Delete
  3. Tap the πŸ—‘ Trash icon on the bottom-right edge of the screen.
    Delete photo iPhone
  4. Tap “Delete photo” on the confirmation pop-up screen.
    Delete Photo iPhone Confirm Pop Up Dialogue

🧹 Delete multiple photos from iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
    Open Photos App icon iPhone
  2. Tap Select on the top-right corner of the screen.
    Select multiple photos iPhone
  3. Tap the preview of images to select the photos you want wish to delete.
    Select multiple photos iPhone Photos app
  4. Once you have selected the images you want to delete, tap the πŸ—‘ Trash icon on the bottom-right corner of the screen.
    Trash Delete iPhone Photos
  5. Confirm you want to delete the selected photos on pop-up screen.
    Confirm Delete Selected Photos iPhone

πŸ’‘ Tip: Photos deleted from iPhone remain in the “Recently Deleted” album for 40 days before they are permanently deleted. If you wish to photos immediately, go to the Albums section in Photos app, scroll to the bottom to see the Recently Deleted album and then delete the photo from this album as well.

πŸ’» Delete Photos from iPhone using Computer

πŸ’‘ Works with Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, and other linux distros.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with an USB to Lightning connecter.
    iPhone Lightning USB Connector
  2. Open the “Apple iPhone” device from the Devices section.
    Select Apple iPhone Device Windows My Computer This PC
    β”” On Windows: Go to My Computer (This PC), look for “Apple iPhone” under the Devices section and open it.
  3. Go to Internal Storage Β» DCIM Β» 100Apple.
    iPhone Photos Computer Windows 100Apple DCIM
    β”” It could be 100Apple or 1xxApple, depends on your device.
  4. Find the photo that you wish to delete, then right-click on it and select Delete from the context menu.
    Delete iPhone Photos Computer Windows Multiple Photos
    β”” You can select and delete multiple photos as well.
  5. Confirm you want to delete the selected photos on pop-up dialogue.
    Confirm Delete Multiple Photos Computer Windows iPhone

⚠ Caution: When you delete a photo on iPhone from computer it’s permanently deleted from your iPhone and the iCloud library. Photos deleted from computer aren’t saved to the Recently Deleted album on your iPhone, nor the recycle bin on your computer. It’s a permanent delete.

☁ Delete photos from iPhone using iCloud

If you have iCloud Photos sync enabled on your iPhone, you can delete photos on iPhone over the internet as well by deleting it from your iCloud library.

  1. Open on your computer and login with your Apple ID.
    iCloud Sign in Apple ID
  2. Click Photos on the iCloud dashboard.
    iCloud Dashboard Menu Photos
  3. Find the photo you wish to delete, click on it once to select it, then click the πŸ—‘ Trash icon on the top bar to delete the photo.
    Delete iCloud Photos iPhone Select Multiple Photos
    β”” You can select multiple photos as well by holding the CTRL key (on Windows) while selecting the photos to delete.
  4. Confirm that you want to delete the photo on the pop-up dialogue.
    Confirm Delete iCloud Photos iPhone

πŸ’‘ TIP: Photos deleted from iCloud are saved in the Recently Deleted album for the next 40 days before deleting permanently. If you wish to permanently delete the photos right away, open the Recently Deleted album from the Left Panel and delete the photos from there as well.