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How to Delete Photo Album from iPhone (15 and Earlier)

Can't Delete Photo Album from iPhone? Here's a Fix!

When getting a depleted iPhone memory, we should take some measures to free up storage space, for example removing unnecessary or backed up photo albums from iPhone. Photos app on iPhone brings a perfect solution to organize photos. It embeds Edit feature helping us delete some albums effortlessly while lacks "Delete" option on other special albums? What kind of photo album we cannot delete? Why? And, if we want to delete those photos albums from iPhone, how to do? Answers will come out in this post.

Part 1. Why We Cannot Delete Some Photo Albums from iPhone

Photos will never prevent you from deleting photo albums which you create on iPhone. But, it gives no response if you want to remove some special albums.

1. Default Photo Albums Created by iOS

Camera Roll is the default album to store photos and videos shot by iPhone camera, while some other albums (Videos, Slo-mo, Panoramas) will be automatically generated by iOS as well if using iPhone camera to take those types of video and picture. In addition, Recently Deleted album exists to temporarily keep deleted photos from Camera Roll allowing us to recover them later. Well, something new comes to the latest iOS 14. People and Places are added as built-in albums in Photos. Indeed, nobody can delete the above-mentioned photo albums from iPhone.

2. Photo Albums Imported from Computer

Sometimes, we need to transfer photo albums existing on computer to iPhone via iTunes or other third-party file transfer software. Once we apply synchronization, we lost the chance to delete the photo album on iPhone.

iPhoto Photo Albums You Cannot Delete

Part 2. How to Delete Photo Albums from iPhone

1. Delete Synced Photo Album from iPhone via iTunes

  1. Create a new folder with no picture in it.
  2. Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iTunes.
  3. Hit the device icon to access to iPhone information.
  4. Select Photos from the list on left sidebar and then check Sync Photos.
  5. Move to the option "Copy photos from:" and choose a new created folder with no picture.
  6. Click "Apply" and the message to ask you to remove photos synced from this computer pops up. Hit Remove and Sync. Then you can get the synced photo albums deleted from iPhone.

Delete iPhone Photo Albums with iTunes

Notice: iTunes doesn't allow us to delete certain photo albums from iPhone. All synced photos are probably removed at once.

2. Delete Synced Photo Album from iPhone via WinX MediaTrans

WinX MediaTrans is a highly-recommended photo manager. It runs well to transfer photos between iPhone and computer as well as delete synced photo albums from iPhone. Compared with iTunes, it is much easier to use and enables users to freely delete single, multiple or all synced photo albums from iPhone.

1. Download and install WinX MediaTrans on your PC (Windows 10 and lower).

2. Plug in iPhone to PC via USB cable and launch WinX MediaTrans. Once iPhone is connected, main interface of WinX MediaTrans will appear.

3. Click Photo Transfer module to enter photo page.

4. From the left sidebar we can get several photo albums. Select the synced photo album and all photos in this album will be loaded. Select all photos in this album and click Delete Photo.

5. Move mouse to the photo album on left sidebar again. Click "X" symbol and then hit "Delete" and this synced photo album will disappear from album list.

6. Click "Sync" button to completely delete photo albums from iPhone.

Delete Photo Album from iPhone with WinX MediaTrans


Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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