Can’t Delete Photos from iPhone – Why and How to Solve It?

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This post explains why you can't delete some photos from your iPhone. Additionally, you can also learn how to solve the matter. Check it out!

Have you ever found some photos in your iPhone that cannot be deleted? Photos that when you tap on them, it shows no Trash Bin icon at the bottom right corner of the screen? If you often do things fast but carelessly like me, chance is you have found such photos on your iPhone. So first, let's talk about why some photos just cannot be deleted from your iPhone.

Why You Can't Delete Some Photos from iPhone

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In 2015, Apple rolled out a major update for iCloud. From then on, users can sync all their media files to their iCloud's storage automatically. It's convenient, indeed, but some people who are most likely conservative bunch still opt for iTunes to do the syncing. It's not bad at all. In fact, it has its own benefit as it doesn't require constant internet connection. You just have to jack your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer using the included sync cable and choose the files you want to backup.

The only disadvantage of syncing with iTunes is you may accidentally sync files - including but not limited to photos - that you don't want. Files that are synced from a Mac or PC cannot be deleted on your iPhone. You will not find any option to delete them as you tap and select them.

How to Solve It

can't delete photos from iPhone - how to solve it

  1. Plug in your iPhone to your Mac or PC.
  2. Run iTunes from your Mac or PC.
  3. Select your iPhone at the top left corner.
  4. Click on the Photos tab on the left sidebar.
  5. Check "Sync Photos" option at the top of the screen.
  6. Deselect the album folder that contains "undeletable" photos on your iPhone.
  7. Click Apply

Now to confirm that the "undeletable" photos have been removed, open Photos app on your iPhone. You will no longer find the photos that you cannot delete previously because they have been un-synced. Check out the video below!

 

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