How to Permanently Delete Photos from iPhone 15/14/13? (4 Ways)


It is believed that the iPhone is an ideal tool for taking photos. However, there must be some photos that you don't need any longer after you've looked through them over and over. In this case, you can easily delete them from your iPhone. However, can deleted photos be permanently deleted on iPhone? Of course. This guide focuses on how to permanently delete photos from iPhone. No matter whether you want to sell the iPhone to someone else or switch to a new phone, you will not worry about the privacy leaked to others.

how to permanently delete photos from iphone


Part 1. How to Permanently Delete Photos from iPhone via Coolmuster iOS Eraser [Unrecoverable]

When it comes to permanently deleting photos from an iPhone, the safest way to do it is to use a professional iOS eraser tool. Although there are many choices in the market, the Coolmuster iOS Eraser is the most popular one that you can use. With this powerful tool, you are able to erase all the data on your iOS device without restoration, including the photos. Moreover, it offers three security levels for you to choose according to your own needs. The most important point is that the deleted data can not be recovered with any data recovery software.

Highlights of Coolmuster iOS Eraser:

  • Erase all data on iOS devices without restoration in one click, including private data, system settings, deleted files, and more.
  • Support to permanently delete contacts, SMS, call logs, music, videos, photos, and so on.
  • Offer three security level data erasing: Low Level, Medium Level, and High Level.
  • 100% clean and read-only mode.
  • Compatible with all generations of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, including the latest iPhone 15 and iOS 17.

Download this software on your computer.

Now let's see the step-by-step guide on how to permanently delete photos from iPhone 13/14/15 using Coolmuster iOS Eraser:

01Launch this software on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. After your iPhone is successfully connected to the computer, you will see the interface below. Now, click the "Erase" button to start the process.

the main interface of ios eraser

02Please click the menu beside Security Level to choose the security level for erasing. Then click on the "OK" button after the selection. Now, type "delete" in the blank to confirm erasing data from the iPhone.

choose security level

03When you confirm the erasing procedure, the program will quickly scan your iPhone. Then, it starts to erase data from your iPhone.

start to erase data

04When the erasing process is finished, your iPhone will automatically restart. After it restarts, you are supposed to unlock your iPhone and reconnect it to the program. Then, the program will continue to overwrite your iPhone data. When the whole process is complete, your data, which includes those photos, is successfully deleted from your iPhone permanently without a chance to be restored.

overwrite phone data

Note: Coolmuster iOS Eraser doesn't support selectively erasing data, and once the data is deleted by this tool, it is unrecoverable. Therefore, you must back up your important data on your iPhone beforehand.

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Part 2. How to Delete Photos from iPhone Permanently from the Recently Deleted Album

As iPhone users, you may find that when you delete the photos by simply choosing them and tapping the trash icon, the photos are actually not entirely deleted. They still remain on your iPhone and will stay there for 30 days in the Recently Deleted Album before being permanently removed. Therefore, you have to delete those deleted photos once again in the Recently Deleted Album. Let's see how to delete photos from iPhone permanently from the Recently Deleted Album:

Step 1. Open the "Photos" app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Choose "Album" from the bottom of the screen and then click on "Recently Deleted".

how to delete photos from iphone permanently from the recently deleted album

Step 3. Tap the "Select" in the right corner to select the photos you want to delete from your iPhone. Or, if you want to delete them all, you can click "Delete All".

Part 3. How to Permanently Delete Pictures from iPhone with iTunes

Maybe you will encounter such a situation where you cannot delete your pictures or an album by tapping the trash icon. This may be because your photos are synced with iTunes. If you want your iPhone to delete photos permanently, you can do the following steps:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Open iTunes on the computer, and click on your device in it.

Step 3. Go to the Photos tab by choosing "Photos" on the left list.

Step 4. Choose "Selected Albums" and uncheck the "Sync Photos" on the top of the interface. Then click "Apply".

Step 5. If you just want to delete part of the photos, you can choose these photos and then uncheck "Sync Photos". At last, click "Apply".

how to permanently delete photos from iphone 13 with itunes

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Part 4. How to Permanently Delete Pictures from iPhone via iCloud

iCloud is Apple's cloud storage service, which can be used to store photos, notes, contacts, messages, etc. When you have your iCloud enabled, your photos in your iPhone will be synced to the iCloud. However, whatever you delete from your iPhone will be automatically removed from iCloud. Considering that some of you may want to delete photos either from iCloud only or from iPhone only, here we also provide a guide.

4.1 Delete Photos from iPhone but not from iCloud

Step 1. Go to the "Settings" app on your iPhone and tap your name.

Step 2. Negative to "iCloud" > "Photos" and then switch off "iCloud Photos".

delete photos from iphone but not icloud

Step 3. In your Photos app choose and delete photos from your iPhone. You can choose to let them remain in your iPhone for 30 days or permanently remove them right away. However, the photos in your iCloud will not be deleted.

Learn More: If you want to learn how to delete photos from iCloud, you can check this guide.

4.2 Delete Photos from iCloud Only

Step 1. First, switch off "iCloud Photos".

Step 2. Open the browser to visit the iCloud.com and log into your account.

Step 3. Click on the "Photos" icon to see the synced photos on iCloud.

Step 4. Choose the photos you want to delete from iCloud and click the "Trash" icon.

delete photos from icloud only

Note: If you have "Optimize Storage" enabled, the original photos are stored in your iCloud, while the photos in your iPhone are lower-resolution versions. Therefore, if you delete the photos in iCloud, you delete the original versions. So beforehand, you have to make sure your iPhone has enough storage, and you should download the photos in iCloud to your location album. After that, you may be free to delete photos in iCloud. Similarly, if you switch on the iCloud Photo Library, your local photos will be synced to the iCloud again.

The Bottom Line

There are four ways on how to permanently delete photos from iPhone. You can follow the step-by-step guide listed below to permanently delete your photos from your iPhone. If you are looking for the safest way to do this, Coolmuster iOS Eraser is the best choice. With this tool, you can permanently data, not limited to photos, from your iPhone with ease, and it can never be recovered with the data recovery software. Download and try it right now. It won't disappoint you.

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