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I had to add my entire "My Pictures" folder to iTunes to sync to my iPhone so I could choose just ONE picture for my background wallpapers. Now, I have several photos on the device taking up space that I have no need for them to be on there. I cannot seem to delete them at all. I even went back into iTunes to take off the sync of the My Pictures folder. It said it would delete all of the My Pictures photos off of the phone. I said yes but now they are still on the phone. ***?!

I want to keep that ONE photo on the phone as my background but I have no need for the other photos to be on there at all. I cannot get rid of them. How do I do it?
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They can only be deleted by using the same process that got them on your phone, with iTunes sync. Deselect them under the Photos tab in iTunes, then hit the apply/sync button. They cannot be deleted directly on your phone.
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That's what I did but it did not delete them.
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Open the "Photos" tab In iTunes, check the "Sync Photos from" box, and select the "iPhoto" option from the dropdown dialog box.
Activate the "Select albums, Events, and Faces, and automatically include NO EVENTS" radio button.
Ensure all boxes are NOT selected in the ALBUMS and EVENTS menues.
Now execute the SYNC command button.

Or

Connect the iPhone to your computer.
Go to My Computer, and you should see the iPhone device icon.
Double click on the icon, and you should see your photos directory.
You can now delete or do whatever you want with the photos, as if they were on your computer HDD.
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All solved. Thank you!
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post #6 of 15
This has happened to my iphone today and its very annoying to say the least. I have done the above reset of network and this did not work. finally, I use iPhone Data Eraser which can delete photos from iPhone permanently and I solve the problem.
here is the article I found online you can refer to: delete photos from iPhone
Edited by cherryMQ - 11/24/13 at 11:31pm
post #7 of 15
In soviet iphone photos delete you.

Can't believe you have that kind of restricted control over your very own phone. Not wanna sound like Android fan-boy, but I just select delete and delete it and if anything I plug the device to my PC, open the folder and delete as in Windows. I'd ask for that much control over my device at the very least.
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Originally Posted by resis View Post

In soviet iphone photos delete you.

Can't believe you have that kind of restricted control over your very own phone. Not wanna sound like Android fan-boy, but I just select delete and delete it and if anything I plug the device to my PC, open the folder and delete as in Windows. I'd ask for that much control over my device at the very least.

I use an iPhone and can just select and delete photo's like you've suggested. Its just a settings he had to follow when syncing it with iTunes

Don't try starting a flame war.
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Don't try starting a flame war.

I was so close! frown.gif
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Here's what I did that worked to delete photos from iPhone.
(1) Open iTunes from your computer's icon and connect your iphone to the computer,
(2) When the phone shows up, click on it and then "Photos" at the top. It will ask what albums you want to sync. If you have Windows 07, pull that screen over to the side so it takes up 1/2 of your screen and let it wait until you set up your albums/photos on the other 1/2 of the screen to iPhone Data Eraser.
(3) Open My Documents and get to your photo albums/folders. Put this on the other 1/2 of your screen. (By the way, if you already have albums you downloaded from the computer to your iphone, then you know you have to download albums, not individual photos).
(4) Either delete the unwanted photos from the computer's album in question or move the unwanted photos into a separate folder/album that you can create and drag them to - that's what I did so I wouldn't lose them.
(5) Go back to the iTunes site and check the albums you want synced - you must check all that you want because, even though you already have others in there besides "this one," it starts all over again.
(6) Apply. To delete an entire album, just don't check that one again and sync.
Edited by millysili - 1/7/14 at 8:08pm
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