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How To Permanently Delete Photos From Your iPhone and iPad

Are you tired of scrolling through a cluttered photo album on your iPhone or iPad? Do you want to free up storage space and secure your privacy by permanently removing certain photos? Well, worry no more! In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of permanently deleting photos from your iPhone and iPad, ensuring that they are gone for good. So, let’s dive into this ultimate guide on how to permanently delete photos from your beloved Apple devices!

Understanding the Importance of Permanent Deletion

Before we begin, let’s take a moment to understand why permanent deletion is essential. Many users believe that deleting their photos from their devices’ gallery automatically removes them entirely. However, that is not the case. When you hit the delete button, the photos are simply moved to the “Recently Deleted” folder, where they continue to occupy precious storage space. Only after 30 days do these photos get permanently deleted. To ensure that your photos are truly gone and reduce the risk of your personal data falling into the wrong hands, it is crucial to follow our guide and permanently delete them from your iPhone and iPad.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Permanently Delete Photos From Your iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Photos app on your device: To begin the process, locate and launch the Photos app from your home screen. This app is represented by a multicolored pinwheel icon and is the gateway to your device’s photo gallery.
  2. Select the photos you wish to delete: Now, navigate to the album or folder where the photos you want to delete are located. You can choose multiple photos by tapping on them one by one or by using the “Select” option to mark them collectively.
  3. Tap on the trash can icon: Once you have chosen the photos you want to delete, locate the trash can icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. Tap on it to move the selected photos to the “Recently Deleted” folder.
  4. Access the “Recently Deleted” folder: To permanently delete the photos, go to the Albums tab at the bottom of the Photos app. Scroll down until you find the “Recently Deleted” folder, and tap on it to access its contents.
  5. Remove photos permanently: Inside the “Recently Deleted” folder, you will see all the photos you recently deleted. Tap on “Select” at the top right corner of the screen, then choose the photos you want to delete permanently. Once selected, tap on the “Delete” button at the bottom left corner.
  6. Confirm deletion: A pop-up message will appear, asking you to confirm the deletion. Tap on “Delete [number of selected photos] Photos” to proceed.

FAQs About Permanently Deleting Photos From iPhone and iPad

Q1. Is it possible to recover photos after permanently deleting them? A1. Unfortunately, once you have permanently deleted a photo, there is no way to recover it. Therefore, it is crucial to double-check your selection before confirming the permanent deletion.

Q2. Can I delete all the photos from my iPhone or iPad at once? A2. Yes, you can! In the Photos app, head to the “Albums” tab, select the “All Photos” album, tap on “Select” at the top right corner, and choose the option to “Select All” photos. Proceed to tap on the trash can icon, and then follow steps 4 to 6 from the guide above.

Q3. Will permanently deleting photos free up storage space on my device? A3. Absolutely! By permanently deleting photos, you will not only ensure their complete removal but also recover valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad.