How to Remove All Deleted Photos and Videos from iPhone to Free Up Space

Everyone knows that photos and especially videos are able to take a lot of space in your iPhone’s storage. And as soon as iPhone doesn’t support external memory cards the free space issue is often one of the biggest problems. The thing is that every time you delete an image or video clip in Apple Photos or Google Photos you don’t actually delete these files from device but just move them to the “Recently Deleted” album. This album acts exactly as the Recycle Bin in Windows but serves only for storing removed pictures and videos. It means that tapping “Delete” in Photos or Google Photos app won’t free even a kilobyte of your storage itself until you empty the “Recently Deleted” album.

In this article I will provide two methods to permanently remove all deleted photos and videos and finally free up some space in your iPhone’s /iPad’s storage. All screenshots taken on iOS 12.

Keep in mind, that even if you use Google Photos as your primary app for managing photos and videos, the images and clips you remove will be stored in the Recently deleted album in Apple Photos. And, one more thing: you will never be able to remove the Apple Photos app itself from your iPhone/iPad. So treat the last as an integral part of iOS.

Option 1 – a Little Bit Quicker Way to Remove Recently Deleted Content from Your iPhone/iPad

  • Head to SettingsiPhone Settings iOS 12
  • Tap General.
  • Select iPhone StorageGeneral Settings iPhone Storage
  • Tap Empty in front of “Recently Deleted” Album:Empty Recently Deleted Album from iPhone Settings iOS 12
  • Select Delete From This iPhone to confirm your intention: Delete from this iPhone to clear photos

In a few seconds you should see the text “All photos and videos kept in the “Recently Deleted” album have been deleted”:

Recently Deleted album emptied

Option 2 – Traditional Method to Empty Recently Deleted Album in iOS 12

    Usually, I behold people using this method despite it is at leas tone step longer:

  • Launch the Apple Photos app:Apple Photos app
  • Go to Albums.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and open the album named “Recently Deleted”: Apple Photos Albums Recently Deleted
  • Tap on Select on the upper right:select items in Apple Photos
  • Tap on Delete all:Apple Photos delete all
  • Select Delete .. items:delete items from Recently Deleted album

Conclusion

Now you know how to correctly empty the Recently Deleted album and free up some space on your iPhone/iPad running iOS 12. If anything is unclear or you have something to add on the topic, feel free to submit a comment below! Good luck!

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