I have started using auto backup using OneDrive and it works like a charm. The only problem is that the pictures are left on the phone after being backed up.

Is it possible to empty the camera roll or in some way mass delete photos? (Even with an app)

Edit: I stopped using OneDrive because it kept losing pictures. Switched to Google Photos and it seems to work correctly.

Edit: And now Google Photos as a button: "Free up storage" which deletes all the photos that have been backed up.

  • do you have ios 8.1 ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 18:31
  • Yes 8.1. Meant 8.x.
    – Karlth
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 19:33

2 Answers 2


If you have a Mac, connect your iPhone to it.

There is a build in app (from Apple) called Image Capture in your Applications folder.

Use it to bulk delete Photos on iPhone.

  • doesn't work - "delete" greyed out for iphone photos
    – user107355
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 3:10
  • Yeah least with Yosemite there doesn't seem to be any option to delete. Even tried dragging this to the trash and nothing happened. I already imported the photos using the new Photos app with no option to delete after import. This lack of feature support is surprising.
    – Mark
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 15:41

You can use Image Capture... However, if you see a cloud next to the name of your device then you need to disable iCloud Photo Library before the delete all button will appear.

iPhone: Settings -> Photos & Camera -> iCloud Photo Library off Settings -> Photos & Camera -> My Photo Stream off

Then, try Image Capture again and the delete all button will appear.

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