Recently I received a plea for help from a visitor to this blog. She’d followed one of my earlier posts on how to delete photos from the iPad. She could not get rid of some of her pictures and was also concerned that duplicates of the photos were taking up space in her albums. Let’s deal with deleting photos first.
If you follow the directions in the article above, you may discover there are photos you cannot select and delete. You can delete the image if it was taken with the iPad, imported via a camera connection adapter from a digital camera or another iOS device, or saved from an email or website. You can also delete large numbers of iPad photos using your Mac and the Image Capture program.
If the photo was synced to the iPad via iTunes on your computer, you cannot delete it except by returning to iTunes. Connect your iPad to your computer, then use the Photos tab for your device inside iTunes. Deselect (uncheck) the album, event or folder you don’t want on your iPad. Then sync.
What about those “duplicate” photos that appear in your albums on the iPad? They’re not duplicates. When you put a photo in an album on your iPad, you’re not making a copy of the photo in the album. You’re simply creating a pointer to that photo in your collection, so the photos in albums aren’t taking up additional iPad memory. You can have a single photo appear in multiple albums if you wish.