How to Delete Synced Photos from iPhone iPad iPod with/without iTunes

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.

By Tom Boyer | Posted on: Dec. 06, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 06, 2018
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“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 8, iOS 11”. Cmwills posted his question on Apple support community after his attempt to un-sync photos from 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 or computer cannot be erased because there is no Delete option to do that.

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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.

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

AnyTrans for iOS 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.

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Step 1. Install and run AnyTrans for iOS on your PC or Mac. Connect your Device via an USB cable, then scroll down or click the tab to get to the category management page.

How to Unsync Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/X – Step 1

How to Unsync Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/X – Step 1

Step 2. Click Photos > Photo Library.

How to Unsync Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/X – Step 2

How to Unsync Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/X – Step 2

Step 3. AnyTrans for iOS would display all photos on your iPhone iPad. Select photos you want to delete and then click the Trash icon as shown below.

How to Unsync Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/X – Step 3

How to Unsync Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/X – Step 3

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Method 2. Wirelessly Delete Synced Photos from iPhone/iPad without iTunes

In case you have no available USB cable aside, here we recommend you AnyTrans app to delete synced photos from iPhone or iPad wirelessly. You need to firstly install the app to your iPhone from App Store or just visit the link and it will guide you to the AnyTrans app downloading page.

Now connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi and do as the instructions below:

Step 1. On your computer, go to AnyTrans website, and you’ll see a QR code.

Step 2. On your iPhone, open the AnyTrans app you just installed and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your computer.

Wirelessly Delete Synced Photos from iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Wirelessly Delete Synced Photos from iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Step 3. Then all your iPhone photos will show up on the computer. Select the photos you want to delete and click the “Delete” button. That’s it.

Wirelessly Delete Synced Photos from iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Wirelessly Delete Synced Photos from iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Method 3. Delete iPhone Synced Photos with iTunes

Except for importing photos for us, iTunes can also be used to remove synced photos on your iPhone. Apple posted one article about how to delete synced photos with iTunes and we summarized it below.

Please do backup your iPhone before trying the two methods below or refer to method 1. Mistake operation on iTunes may cause you data loss.

Part 1. Delete iPhone Synced Photos by Syncing No Pictures

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 are n0 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

Part 2. 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 from iPhone iPad iPod by Syncing with A New Folder

Remove All Synced Photos from iPhone iPad iPod by Syncing with A New Folder

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

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Tom Boyer

A writer for iMobie, has been covering iOS, Mac and Android related How-to Articles / Apps Reviews for 3+ years. Like sharing something about data recovering knowledge and apps.