1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Rather than purchasing more and more iCloud storage, I would like to remove photos from iCloud Photos (after I have loaded them into Lightroom for permanent storage).

    The current solution is to select each and every photo one at a time and delete them. This could take hours with a library of thousands of photos. Surely there has to be a better way... no?
    02-06-2015 01:53 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I do not know of a way to "mass delete" photos from iCloud without selecting them individually.
    02-06-2015 02:10 PM
  3. Originalloverman's Avatar
    Sorry this was an issue as well, not sure as to how myself.
    02-06-2015 02:35 PM
  4. Anshul S's Avatar
    You can follow below to do this:

    - Select first photo.
    - Keep scrolling down straight to last photo.
    - Then press shift button first and click on the last photo.
    - This will select all items in between.
    01-02-2016 08:41 PM
  5. fiaaauuu's Avatar
    This is not working (with shift), any other ideas? Thank you
    02-17-2017 05:59 AM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    If you delete them on your device, they will also delete in iCloud. You can upload them first to Box or Dropbox.
    02-17-2017 11:56 AM
  7. Dfenigsohn's Avatar
    I'm struggling with this as well. How could it be that functionality as simple as select all is missing?
    03-24-2017 05:34 PM
  8. spidermanatwork's Avatar
    If you use your device you can select multiple photos by

    1. Open the album of photos
    2. Click select in the top right corner to put the application into "Select Mode"
    3. Tap and hold the first photo.
    4. Without taking your finger off the screen slide it all the way to the right (last photo on the same row)
    5. slowly move your finger to the bottom right photo of the last row.
    6. Now you should see the screen start to move up and select row by row of photos until it gets to the end.
    7. If you move slightly below the bottom bar it will move faster and faster.
    8. Once all photos are selected click the delete icon in the bottom right.

    You are essentially drawing a number 7 on the screen.

    Note: the above was done on an Iphone 6s.
    07-26-2017 08:12 PM
  9. Sherry_B's Avatar
    If you use your device you can select multiple photos by
    With the addition of Drag and Drop in iOS 11, it will not be possible to do it that way. You have to lightly place your finger (without pressing) over the top left photo, then lightly glide your finger across the glass all the way to the right, and then lightly straight down. This selects all photos. If you press on the photo it only picks up the photo so you can drag and drop it elsewhere.
    07-26-2017 11:08 PM
  10. Lance_the_Unicorn_Prince's Avatar
    If you hold down your ctrl button then you can select more than one photo at a time. It's not very fast but it's much faster than selecting them one at a time.
    12-30-2017 06:07 PM

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