How to Delete Screenshots on iPhone and iPad

If your iPhone or iPad storage is full, or you just want to clean up, it’s easy to delete screenshots that you might not need on your device using the built-in Photos app. The latest iOS and iPadOS versions have a separate folder for just screenshots.

If your iPhone or iPad storage is full, or you just want to clean up, it’s easy to delete screenshots that you might not need on your device using the built-in Photos app. The latest iOS and iPadOS versions have a separate folder for just screenshots. Let’s explore how to delete screenshots.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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Accessing Media Types

First, open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. If you can not find it, swipe downward with one finger from the middle of the home screen to open Spotlight search. Now, type “photos,” and then tap the Photos app icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Photos

For the iPhone: Tap Albums at the bottom of the screen, and then select Screenshots from the Media Types list. See below image:

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Accessing Screenshots for iPhone

For the iPad: In Photos, open the sidebar by tapping Photos in the upper-left corner of the screen. Now, select Screenshots from the Media Types section. See following image:

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Accessing Screenshots for iPad

Delete a Screenshot

Your album of all the screenshots stored on your device will be displayed. To delete a single screenshot, tap its thumbnail to open it in a detailed view. Refer to below image:

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Open a Screenshot

Next, when you have a screenshot open for closer viewing, delete it by tapping the Trashcan icon in the lower-left (iPhone) or upper-right (iPad) corner of the screen. See below image:

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Delete a single Screenshot

Now, you will see a pop-up menu asking to confirm. Just select Delete Photo.

Delete Multiple Screenshots

To delete multiple screenshots, go back to the Screenshots album overview that shows thumbnails of all your screenshots. Next, tap the Select button in the upper-right corner of the screen. See following image:

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Selecting multiple Screenshots

You are now in selection mode. You can select all the screenshots in the album by tapping Select All, or you can select multiple screenshots by tapping their thumbnails. When it’s selected, each photo’s thumbnail will have a small circle with a check mark in the lower-right corner. Refer to below image:

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Your selected Screenshots

You can also quickly select a large number of screenshots by tapping a thumbnail with your finger and holding it down lightly while you drag it halfway down the screen. The screenshot thumbnail list will start scrolling while selecting images. To stop selecting, lift your finger.

When you have selected all the screenshots that you want to delete, tap the Trashcan icon in the corner of the screen. Next, when you are asked to confirm, tap Delete Photos. See below image:

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Delete your selected Screenshots

By default, the screenshots that you just deleted will be permanently removed from your device in 30 days.

Delete All Screenshots

If you want to permanently remove the screenshots sooner, first, navigate to your Recently Deleted album in the Photos app.

  • For the iPhone: Navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted.
  • For the iPad: Open the sidebar and tap Recently Deleted under Utilities.

See following image:

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Open Recently Deleted album

When you see the gallery of your recently deleted screenshot thumbnails, you can individually select and delete them with the Delete button. To delete all Recently Deleted images at once, tap Select in the corner of the screen, and then select Delete All. Refer to below image:

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Delete All Screenshots

Now, when you are asked to confirm, tap Delete Photos. All of your screenshots will be permanently deleted.

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