How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone iPad or iPod

Summary

Want to remove synced photos from your iPhone but don't know how? Read this guide to grab three ways to delete synced photos from iPhone, iPad or iPod.

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Sep. 28, 2016

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AnyTrans allows you to import, export, and delete photos from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Download it to have a try before we start this tutorial about how to remove synced photos from iPhone.

"How do I delete photos from iPhone that were synced from my computer? I already plugged iPhone... but the pictures are still on my iPhone, please help! iPhone 6, iOS 8.4". Cmwills posted his question on Apple support community after his attempt to delete synced photos on iPhone.

Just like Cmwills, many iPhone or iPad users have been asking the same question: how to delete photos imported from computer? It is quite easy to remove the photos under Camera Roll, but some pictures that synced from iTunes cannot be erased because there is no Delete option to do that.

After doing some searches and collecting on Apple related sites, here are 2 common methods that we found out on the Apple site, and we also provide our users a new & quick way to selectively delete synced pictures from iPhone without iTunes.

You'd better backup your iPhone before trying the methods below – Misoperation may result in data loss, especially when using iTunes sync.

Method 1. Selectively Delete Synced Photos from iPhone/iPad without iTunes

AnyTrans provides one quick and safe way to delete synced photos without using iTunes sync. After downloading this All-in-one iOS content manager, you can easily choose the pictures you don't want and delete them by one click, no matter whether you have originals.

Step 1. Install and run AnyTrans on your PC or Mac.

Step 2. Connect device to computer by using USB cable.

Step 3. Click Photos > Photo Library.

How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone 6 – Step 3

How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone 6 – Step 3

Step 4. Preview synced photos > select the photos you don't want and delete them by clicking "Delete".

How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone 6 – Step 4

How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone 6 – Step 4

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Method 2. Delete iPhone Synced Photos by Syncing No Pictures

There is no method Apple provided to directly delete synced photos on your iPhone. But Apple support posted one article about how to delete them with iTunes which can be simply summarized as below.

Step 1. Open iTunes and connect with your iDevice. Click the Device button.

Step 2. Under photos > choose Sync Photos > Choose "Copy photo from Photos" > Below check "Selected Albums" but DO NOT select any albums > Make sure there is 0 photos you choose > Apply.

How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone by Syncing No Photos

How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone by Syncing No Photos

Method 3. Remove All Synced Photos by Syncing with a New Folder

If you can't access the original files, iTunes offers you this method to delete all synced pictures on your iOS device, no matter it is iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Step 1. Create a folder on your computer > Add only one photo to the new folder or just leave it empty.

Step 2. Open iTunes > Go to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch > Photos.

Step 3. Choose the folder created at 1st step to sync photos from > Apply.

Step 4. Uncheck "Sync Photos From" > Apply Again > Sync iPhone.

Remove All Synced Photos by Syncing with New Folder

Remove All Synced Photos by Syncing with New Folder

Note: Your iTunes interface/buttons may be a little different because of various versions.

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