A few weeks ago I was talking to someone who had said what a pain it was to manage their iPhone and iPad photos in bulk. They told me that there were about 20 pictures they took that didn’t turn out well, and in order to remove them from their phone they had to go through and delete them one-by-one. Ouch! I could see how that would be frustrating, but there is a much simpler way that not many people seem to know about. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen.
    Bulk edit photos button
  3. Most people I’ve talked to realize you can select multiple photos by tapping on them individually from this screen, but the cool thing is that you can tap and hold on the first photo you want to select and then slide your fingers across all of the photos you want to share/copy/delete. Unfortunately the screen won’t scroll as your finger reaches an edge, but this trick should still ease the process of selecting a lot of photos.
    Bulk delete photos
  4. Tap the Share, Copy, or Delete button depending on which operation you want to do.

Note: You can repeat Step 3 to deselect items you didn’t mean to select.

So the key things you need to remember once you enter the selection screen is to tap, hold, and slide. From there you can send the photos through Email or MMS (limited to 5 photos at a time), copy them to the clipboard, print them, or delete them from your iOS device.