Permanently delete iPhone photos without sending them to Recently Deleted

How to delete iPhone photos permanently?

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Back in the day, Apple introduced a new highly appreciated criticized feature in iOS 9 – the “Recently Deleted” album which stores all photos you deleted in the past 30 days. Photos accumulated in a Recently Deleted can quickly clog up storage space on your iPhone without you knowing.
In addition, let’s face it, you meant to delete those Saturday night photos forever!

Nobody will ever watch those firework videos you took

We demonstrate 2 quick ways to permanently delete iPhone photos avoiding the Recently Deleted folder:

[Hotfix] Delete recently delete photos on iPhone

If you don’t have your laptop with you, there’s always a quick way remove photos from iPhone and free up storage – empty your Recently Deleted album!

  1. To do so, open the Photos app on your iPhone, make sure you are in Album view and tap “Recently Deleted”. recently deleted photos in ios 8

  2. Tap “Select” from the top right corner of the screen and select all photos you wish to delete by single-tapping on each one. select recently deleted photos on iphone

  3. Now tap “Delete” to (you guessed it) delete all photos from iPhone’s Recently Deleted folder. permanently delete photos from iphone

This method is by far the quickest, but not the most elegant solution to delete photos from iPhone. Follow the guide below to learn the best way how to remove photos from iPhone.

Permanently delete iPhone photos in 1 click

Save yourself the extra taps and avoid having to delete iPhone photos twice. CopyTrans Photo is a Windows PC program that allows you to permanently delete multiple photos & videos from the Camera Roll. One click to delete all photos on iPhone!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download CopyTrans Photo

    Download CopyTrans Photo

  2. Launch the program and connect the iPhone. Your iPhone photos and albums appear on the left hand side. Choose the Camera Roll entry from the top right pane.iPhone photos to the left, PC photos to the right

  3. Select the photos you wish to delete. Select the photos to delete from the iPhone

  4. Right-click the selection and choose “Delete”. Right click and choose delete to delete photos from iPhone

  5. Click the “Apply changes” button on top to finish deleting photos from iPhone. Click Apply Changes to finish deleting

The selected photos are permanently deleted from the iPhone and are not sent to Recently Deleted.

Delete all photos from iCloud

If you have iCloud Photo Library enabled, it would be even faster to delete all your photos with our new CopyTrans Cloudly app.

  1. Run CopyTrans Cloudly. Enter your Apple ID and password.
    Enter Apple ID and password

  2. To delete all photos from iCloud, click “Delete”:
    Delete photos from iCloud Photo Library

  3. That’s it! Just wait until all your photos are deleted.
    Delete all photos from iCloud Photo Library

Remove ‘Recently Deleted’ feature

(requires jailbreak)

Don’t have access to a PC but still want to delete iPhone photos permanently without sending them to Recently Deleted? You need to jailbreak your iPhone and install a tweak called NoRecentlyDeleted. Now, jailbreaking may not be for you, but if you are willing to give it a try – trust us – it is very easy.

  1. Use one of the guides to get the iPhone jailbroken.

  2. Enter Cydia and search for NoRecentlyDeleted. Once you found the tweak, select it, then tap “Install”.install norecentlydeleted jailbreak tweak on iphone

  3. Let the tweak install after which the iPhone will restart. installed norecentlydeleted on ios8

That’s it! Now try to delete any photo from Camera Roll. You’ll happily observe that the photo is deleted permanently and is never placed in Recently Deleted.

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