How to Erase the Pictures on Your iPad

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Erasing photos from the iPad permanently helps you reclaim space on your device. If you have configured your iCloud account, each time you take a photo the image is saved locally to your iPad and to your iCloud account as well. You don’t even need to worry about backing up your pictures before deleting them. Delete pictures only from local storage or delete photos from both your iPad storage and iCloud account at the same time using the Photo Stream feature in the Photos app.

1 Delete Local Photos

2 Tap the Photos icon on the iPad home screen

Tap the “Photos” icon on the iPad home screen to launch the Photos app.

3 Tap the Photos option in the top toolbar

Tap the “Photos” option in the top toolbar. Thumbnails for photos stored locally on the iPad display on this screen.

4 Tap the Share arrow icon

Tap the Share arrow icon. Additional controls, including the Delete button, display on the top toolbar.

5 Tap the thumbnail

Tap the thumbnail for the first photo to delete. A check mark displays on the photo.

6 Tap additional thumbnails

Tap additional thumbnails to mark multiple photos for deletion.

7 Tap the red Delete option

Tap the red “Delete” option. All selected photos are deleted from the iPad.

8 Delete Photo Stream Images

9 Launch the Photos app

Launch the Photos app.

10 Tap the Photo Stream

Tap the “Photo Stream” option in the top toolbar, and then tap “My Photo Stream.”

11 Tap the Edit ” option

Tap the “Edit” option, and then tap the thumbnail for each photo to delete. A check mark displays on each thumbnail marked for deletion.

12 Tap the red Delete option at the bottom of the screen

Tap the red “Delete” option at the bottom of the screen to delete selected photos. The Delete Photos confirmation box opens.

13 Tap Delete Selected Photos

Tap “Delete Selected Photos” to confirm the deletions.

  • Information provided in this article applies to the iPad running iOS 6.0 and higher. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of the operating system.
  • Delete an individual photo while viewing the picture by tapping the trash can icon.
  • Delete albums from the iPad’s local storage by tapping the “Albums” option in the top toolbar in the Photos app. Tap “Edit,” and then tap each album to delete. Tap the “Delete” button to remove the albums.
  • Deleting albums doesn't delete the photos inside the albums. The photos are still available in the photo library.

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.