Not every picture or video you take is going to be one you want to keep — many not even one you want other people to see.

That's why Photos for iOS lets you quickly and easily delete pictures and videos to get them off your iPhone or iPad. If you're using iCloud Photo Library, that'll get rid of the content on all your devices and from Apple's servers. If you're not, it'll free up storage on your device. If you make a mistake, you can recover anything you delete by accident or later regret. If it's the picture or video you made a mistake taking, or later regret, well, you can immediately eradicate that too.

Deleting a one or a few pictures or photos at a time is easy. Just select them and tap the trash can icon. Deleting many at a time, getting them back, or making sure they're gone for good is just as easy, but takes knowing where to look.

How to delete an entire "moment" in Photos for iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Photos tab along the bottom.
  3. The Photos tab lets you go from the top category of Years to Collections and finally to Moments. You want to be in the Moments section so drill down if you need to until you see Moments at the top.
  4. Tap on Select in the top right.
  5. Tap on Select next to a set of photos instead of a single photo.
  6. Tap on the Trash Can in the bottom right.
  7. Confirm you'd like to delete the photos.

How to recover deleted pictures or videos in Photos for Phone or iPad

If you delete a picture or video by accident, or later regret it, you have 30 days to reverse it.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Albums tab.
  3. Tap on the Recently Deleted album.
  4. Tap on Select at the top right.
  5. Tap on the pictures and videos you want to delete.
  6. Tap on the Recover button at bottom left.

How to permanently delete pictures or videos in Photos for Phone or iPad

If you want to make sure a deleted picture or video is eradicated immediately and can't be recovered, you can do that as well.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Albums tab.
  3. Tap on the Recently Deleted album.
  4. Tap on Select at the top right.
  5. Tap on the pictures and videos you want to delete.
  6. Tap on the Delete button at bottom left.