I have moved my pictures manually(by right clicking) to trash. But they are still being shown in Photos app, Why and how to delete them?

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    Delete them from Photos, like you're supposed to. It will complain, but it should work. – Tetsujin Feb 28 '17 at 18:27
  • It could be a cache... – Vishal Kumar Sahu Feb 28 '17 at 18:42
  • If you deleted them in Photos on your Mac, it will take some time for that change to reflected in the Photos app on your iOS device. This happens after the next iCloud sync. – fsb Feb 28 '17 at 19:12

If you're just right-clicking photos within Finder and selecting Move to Trash, this is only going to affect those particular files. For example, if you're doing that to JPEGs etc in your Pictures folder, you're only moving/trashing those files.

The Photos app (and iPhoto before it) store all imported pictures in a library. You can't delete these manually outside of the app (at least not without showing package contents and causing a whole heap of issues with metadata, etc). Instead you need to delete the photo(s) from within the Photos app.

To do this:

  • Within the Photos app select the photos you want to delete. (You can use Shift + click or Command + click to select multiple photos)
  • Right-click on any of the selected photos
  • You can choose to delete the photos (or even hide them if that's all you really want to do)

NOTE: When you delete a photo it actually places it in the Recently Deleted trash can (appears above your albums). The photos will remain there until you choose to recover them, or until they are automatically deleted after 30 days. You can, however, choose to go in and manually delete them from there anytime prior to the 30 day period.

  • if I do rm -rf * in home directory then would these pictures in photos app be deleted automatically ? – user1718009 Mar 1 '17 at 16:11
  • @user1718009 That would be a highly risky thing to do, especially since there are a number of factors that could impact what actually happens. Why do I now get the feeling that your question doesn't really get to what you're trying to do? Perhaps there are other solutions that will work better if we understood what you really want to achieve? After all, if all you want to do is delete some photos, why wouldn't you just use the Photos app? If you're trying to remove all photos, then create a new Photos Library instead and just delete the old one. If it's something else, please clarify... – Monomeeth Mar 1 '17 at 22:10
  • I have done rm -rf * in the home directory under my username and sold the laptop, I want to know that any photo existing there would have been deleted or not? – user1718009 Mar 2 '17 at 14:38
  • @user1718009 First of all, welcome to Ask Different (I see you're a new user). Secondly, can I strongly recommend (for your own benefit) that in future when asking a question you clarify why you're asking or what you're really trying to do. Had I known you were selling your laptop I would have given you a totally different answer. In summary, when selling a Mac you should (1) ensure you have a backup of all your data (I assume you've done this), (2) sign out of any of Apple's services (iTunes, iCloud, iMessage), and (3) reformat your hard drive and reinstall the OS. – Monomeeth Mar 2 '17 at 20:04
  • That third one would have dealt with the whole issue of deleting your old photos. If you still have your MacBook, then refer to What to do before selling or giving away your Mac so you can be sure to have prepared your Mac correctly prior to handing it over. Hope this helps and all the best. – Monomeeth Mar 2 '17 at 20:05

First, make sure you've actually emptied trash. Next, as @Tetsujin said in the comments, make sure to delete them from Photos (inside the app), can be done on any device and on the next Cloud sync you should see them disappear from iOS and MacOS/OS X devices as well.

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    Welcome to Ask Different. It appears you just took what was said in the comments and made them an answer. While this isn't against any of the site 'rules', it would probably be good for you to add supporting info (i.e. text from Apple Support pages, personal experiences, etc.) to show your answer will fix the OP's problem. - From Review – fsb Feb 28 '17 at 21:37

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