The best apps for quickly deleting iPhone photos

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Do you have a massive number of photos in your iPhone’s Camera Roll? Do you wish you could quickly delete that series of pictures you took while watching your niece’s ballet recital, but want it to be easier than selecting them individually and then throwing them away?

Well, you are in luck. Thanks to iOS 8, third-party apps can now delete photos from your Camera Roll for you. So now all you have to do is find the app you like the best to accomplish that. We’ve got a list of apps that we think are the best for mass deleting photos from your iOS device for your reading pleasure today.

Note that these apps won’t delete your photos for good. Instead, and according to Apple’s rules, the photos will be placed in the Recently Deleted folder of the Photos app, and will automatically be deleted 30 days later. You can also manually go into the Recently Deleted folders and delete all photos from there in one fell swoop.

If apps aren’t you thing and you’d rather get rid of photos manually, make sure to read our post on how to delete iPhone photos.



If your main focus is on deleting mass quantities of photos with a swipe, this is perfect for you. It has one feature, to swipe across a row of pictures in order to select them. Once selected, you can tap the “Purrge” button and delete them forever. If you want to take a closer look at a picture first, tap it to view it in full screen. Then, swipe upward to send it to the Purrge pile. Same as before, when you are ready, delete them forever. This app is available for $0.99.

Delete photos – Cleanup your album

Delete Photos

This app will organize your pictures by date, size, or whether they are duplicates so you can quickly find the space-hogging culprits and eliminate them from your iPhone. I take a lot of photos of the same exact thing in order to get the best shot. Then, I delete the unwanted. This app makes it easy to group images into dates and grab the ugly ducks for the trash pile. Plus, if you take two (or 10) pictures of the same thing, the duplicates are easier to find and delete. This app is available for free.

Cleen – Clean Up Photo Library


With this app, you can do more than just delete pictures. You can add them to your Favorites folder, as well. Swipe up to favorite a picture. Swipe down to delete it. Swipe left to deal with it later (or not at all). You can quickly see which pictures you like best and remove the bad eggs with a down swipe. Then, tap the trash can and preview all of the photos you want to delete. When ready, send them to oblivion. This app is available for free.



If you like the idea of swiping one direction to trash and another to keep (think Tinder), but don’t use the Favorites feature in your Camera Roll, this app may be more to your liking. With it, you can see every single picture in your Camera Roll and either swipe left to trash it or swipe right to keep it. You can also select images by month to send to the garbage. Once you’ve selected the sour apples, tap the trash can icon at the top of the screen and delete the images forever and ever. This app is available for $2.99.

Bulk Delete

Bulk Delete

Timing is everything when it comes to photography. I regularly get the timing all wrong and have to delete all photos taken in a particular time frame. This app makes it easy to grab all pictures from the past hour, day, week, or month and delete all at once. You can also quickly delete everything on your Camera Roll with one tap. You can also view thumbnails of everything and drag two fingers across the screen to select multiple images. Then, send them to the junk pile. This app is available for $0.99.

Photos Cleaner

Photos Cleaner Free

This app focuses on image size. It reorganizes your pictures by how big they are. Then, you can see which photos are taking up the most space and delete them accordingly. It also includes details on when the photo was taken, the dimensions, DPI, color model, pixel height and width, depth, and more. You can select all pictures in your Camera Roll at once, or tap them individually. Then, hit the delete button to send them to your iPhone’s deleted photos folder (you’ll have to manually delete them from the recovery folder to remove them permanently. This app is available for free.

Sweep – Make Space on your Phone


This app takes aim at your duplicates. That is, it finds groups of pictures that were obviously taken around the same time and displays them for you. You can then either save or delete pictures if you think they are too similar. Swipe to the left to save or swipe to the right to sweep, and then move to the next batch. The free version allows you to test the process with about a dozen pictures. You can then unlock the unlimited Sweep feature for $0.99. This app is available for free.



This app makes it easy for you to either favorite or delete pictures by sliding them up or down. You don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out whether you like a picture or not. Swipe up to delete it or swipe down to favorite it. When you are ready, visit the trash can to permanently delete pictures from your Camera Roll and Photo Stream with one tap. You can see a summary of how many pictures you’ve deleted or favorited every time you open the app. Please note that Slidy Pro has a bug that crashes the app, rendering it unusable. Stick with the free version of Slidy and unlock unlimited usage inside the app instead. This app is available for free.



I use this app every single day. It is fantastic for people who take a lot of screen shots on their iPhone, which I do. It gathers all of your screenshots into one list so you can either delete everything at once, select which to delete, or set filters to select certain ones. You can select all screenshots except the past 15 or 30 days, or select all but the favorited screenshots. Then, tap the trashcan to delete them forever. This app is available for $0.99.



Sometimes, you just want to take a batch of snapshots to show your buddy later. They aren’t exactly gallery-quality photos, but you know someone who will love to see them. This app makes it possible for you to set a time limit on how long those pictures stay on your iPhone. Import images from your Camera Roll or just take pictures from within the app. Then, select an expiration date. Once the deadline hits, the photos will automatically be deleted and you won’t have to worry about forgetting to remove old photos that you don’t want anymore. This app is available for free.

Do you have a favorite app for quickly deleting pictures from your iPhone? If so, make sure to share in the comments section.