iOS 4 selecting multiple photos

On today’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, Sebastien, Cody, and I were talking about the lack of a decent way to select multiple photos in the iOS 8 photos app. That conversation reminded me of how you could select multiple photos on earlier iOS versions back in the day by tapping and dragging.

I was able to find a video that I had filmed back in February of 2011 showcasing such a feature. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this was iOS 4, since it was filmed on February 9, 2011, and iOS 5 didn’t release until October 12, 2011. But the point is, there was a great feature in iOS 4 that made selecting multiple photos so much easier than it is today. Apple, we need this feature back.

If you want to select multiple photos in an efficient way today, you’re going to have to rely on a jailbreak tweak. I recommend using Photo Organizer 8, as I find that its employment of a two-finger tap gesture is even easier than the tap and drag gesture of yesteryear.

But to be honest, I’d take either one. We just need the ability to select multiple photos natively without having to tap on each photo individually. What if I want to select 50 photos or more? Then I have to waste my time tapping 50 times? Nonsense.

What do you think? Should Apple bring this feature back? By the way, if you’re primarily interested in how to quickly delete photos from your iPhone, read Sebastien’s helpful post on how to do so.

  • Inter Lirette

    ?? you CAN do this in iOS 8!

    • No you can’t.

      • Chris Gilmore

        Go to moments, click Select in top right, then select next to the group of photos. Closest thing there is

      • Ian Leon

        That’s what I do too.

      • Ian Leon

        The blackberry was the best at doing this.

      • Chang in Charge

        how did blackberry photo selection work? Its been so long I don’t remember.

      • BS Detector


      • Ian Leon

        You could use shift and the wheel like someone said below, but if you had a touchscreen blackberry you tapped the first and the last at the same time. And then press the delete key, you’d get a pop up, accept and they’re gone

      • BS Detector

        Not exactly

      • Ian Leon

        What do you know ?

      • BS Detector

        Your mom, quite well actually.

      • Ian Leon

        Also the blackberry was better than iOS at selecting text with the touchscreen. The controls were easier to handle. And it didn’t constantly try to auto select the whole paragraph like iOS does. (That never made sense to me )

      • SebPageJeff

        Nigga, you gay!

    • Ralph Castro

      Nop, you can’t.

    • jake kneller

      You can’t tell jeff well for one he is Jeff from idownlaodog and well he is a very knowledgable man about iOS and well manly he is Jeff from idb that’s my main reason

  • gittlopctbi

    Yep we need this back. Big time. I can’t stand two things on the iPhone and photo management is one of them. A big pain in the rear. The other is not being able to select and delete all emails. Such a basic concept, yet lacking in iOS. AllMail tweak use to do that but hasn’t updated for iOS 8. Sometimes, Apple’s omniscient thinking about “what’s good for us” is just down right annoying and maddening.

  • Jeff Ramirez

    Just download the Flic app. It’s even better imo…

    • gittlopctbi

      Can’t seem to find this “Flic” app you are talking about. I searched in Cydia as well as the iTunes store.

      • ericesque

        He meant Flickr.

        It’s a remarkably well done photos app. It does indeed have swipe to select. It also has automatic backup to 1TB of free storage. I too gave up on Apple ever getting photos right and adopted Flickr.

      • Jeff Ramirez

        No no, I meant Flic app! Might be a US only app I guess.

      • ericesque

        Oh. My apologies then!

      • Elias Chao

        It is also available from Mexico.

      • Ethan Humphrey

        39 bucks???

      • Elias Chao

        Yep.. Well, a Peso is equal to 0.068105 US dollars.

      • Jeff Ramirez


      • gittlopctbi

        Thanks. Don’t know why it wouldn’t come up in my iTunes. Going to pass on it, though. Not going to buy an app where half of the ratings are only 1 stars.

  • joey

    That would be really nice to bring back! It’s a pain having to select one by one. The DateStamper app supports swiping to select and selecting a range (tap first one then tap second to select all in-between – or tap Select All/None), and it’s super fast to select photos. Don’t know why Apple got rid of this useful feature, I miss it!

  • What are you people talking about? You can do this in iOS 8. Simply go into your album and click select in the top right corner.

    • gittlopctbi

      We’re talking about multiple selection all at once. Not multiple selection one at a time. You didn’t quite read the article or watch the video carefully. But…it IS late.

  • Elias

    That audio quality :p You have come a long way with your videos which are now simply superb 🙂

  • Techsticles

    I didn’t know you could do that in iOS 4! Bring back iOS 4!

  • idownloadblog_Jeff

    I download the movies Night At The Museum 2, Unbroken, American Sniper, Into the Woods, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Big Eyes, The Imitation Game Exodus: Gods and Kings and a hd quality of Fury, Gone Girl, John Wick, The Equalizer, Big Hero 6 and The Interview on my iPhone 6 Plus and my PC from the “bigU Movies” app I got from Cydia. I think either xsellize repo, insanelyi repo, Appcake or Zeusmos has the bigU Movies app.

    • gittlopctbi

      You are an insult to this blog. Comment flagged!

  • Jesse

    I honestly didn’t even know you could do this in previous versions of iOS.

    • cybersat

      Wow! did you know that if you use other than Apple product it’s even better?

  • Adam Corona IV

    I downloaded Photo organizer 8 and now whenever I delete a picture it adds it to the “hidden” folder.. Then I have to delete it from the hidden folder, then delete It again from the recently deleted folder. It’s like 3 times the work. Anyone else experience this?

    • Chang in Charge

      I think that’s a feature not sure if you can configure this in the tweak settings.

  • Chang in Charge

    Sounds like a great idea for a new tweak Throwback Photo Selector 8

  • Xee

    What if you want to select a range that is more than what is displayed on the screen?

    Should be a way of doing a start point, you scroll down or up and select an end point and the photos in between are selected.

    Also what is the easiest way to import photos from a PC into the camera roll?

  • Glenn DolFan Baptista

    BDAYSPOTIFY best tweak just released

    • Digitalfeind

      You’re late. It’s been released for months, if not longer.

  • Chindavon

    My guess is, enough users complained about accidentally selecting and deleting their photos/videos, so Apple took it out.

  • cybersat

    Why do want to select multiple photos? because Apple thinks it is too complex for you guys, Apple users would be confused.
    just like apple mouse only has one button.
    What a simple mind!

    • Jesse

      The more simple something is the quicker it is to learn, and use. If you wanna use Linux and show off all your terminal commands that you can do go ahead waste your time, when a normal user could complete the same task in a fraction of the time.

      • gittlopctbi

        Except, in this case, too simple makes it difficult to manage.

      • Jesse

        You want a balance between simplicity and usability optimally.

      • gittlopctbi

        Agreed. Except in this case, they are too far on the “simplicity” end of the balance beam.

  • Qlobster

    or use the app “Bulk Delete”

  • I did not even know you could do that when I was on iOS 4 !!! Pls someone bring this back to all versions of iOS.