How To Permanently Delete Photos From Your iPhone Or iPad

Fortune Osinachi
Fortune Osinachi - Freelance Writer
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For some personal reason, you may want to permanently delete a particular photo from your iPhone. You’ll find the steps to help you permanently delete pictures on your iPhone.

When you delete photos from your gallery, they are all moved to recently deleted items on your device until 30 days before they permanently delete.

Sometimes you might want to permanently delete these deleted photos from your iPhone Trash to make room for more storage space.

In this article, you will learn how to permanently delete photos from your iPhone in less than 2 minutes.

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How To Delete Photos From iPhone

If you want to free up storage space on your iPhone, below are the steps to delete photos from your iPhone.

Step 1: Go To Photo App

Open the Photos app on your iPhone menu.

Step 2: Tap All Photos

When you open the Photos app, From the Library tab, tap All Photos.

Step 3: Tap Select

On All Photos section, tap on Select positioned at the right corner before the dots.

Select all the photos you want to delete by marking them and then tap on the Trash Bin icon to delete and tap on Delete Photo.

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How To Permanently Delete Photos From IPhone

To permanently delete photos on your iPhone, you’ll have to delete the photos from your Photos App or Photo Gallery first before permanently deleting them from the Recently Deleted Folder.

Step 1: Go To Photo App

Open the Photos app on your iPhone menu.

Step 2: Tap On Albums

When you open the Photos App, tap on Albums positioned at the bottom right side of the screen. Then tap on Recently Deleted.

In iOS 16, iPadOS 16.1, or later, use Face ID or Touch ID to unlock your Recently Deleted album.

Step 3: Tap On Recently Deleted Folder

On the Recently Deleted Folder, Tap on Select positioned at the top right corner.

When you tap on Select, you can choose the photo you want to Delete. If you want to delete all the photos in the album, tap Delete All.

Step 4: Choose Delete All Option

Just choose the Delete All option to permanently delete photos. Then tap Delete Photo to confirm.

Now, all your deleted photos will be permanently deleted from your iPhone and you’ll get some space back to your phone.


If you want to permanently delete photos from your iPhone, this guide detailed the step-by-step you need to take to remove pictures from your device permanently.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to delete photos on my iPhone permanently?

Yes, it is very possible and easy to permanently delete photos on your iPhone when you follow the step-by-step guide.

Can I permanently delete selected photos?

Yes. You can simply delete selected photos by tapping on the photos you wish to delete.

Why do I still see my previously deleted photos on my iPhone?

It is because you have not permanently deleted those photos on your iPhone or iPad.

Where can I find my deleted photos?

Go to your recently deleted folder and you find them there waiting for you to permanently delete them from your device.

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By Fortune Osinachi Freelance Writer
Fortune Osinachi is an experienced freelance tech writer specializing in consumer technology. With 5 years of expertise, he delves into comprehensive guides for iOS, macOS, and Windows on Techvocast. His work also extends to prominent online media platforms including What Gadget, iGeekPhone, Xiaomitoday, and MobiGaming.
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