How to Erase the Pictures on Your iPad

The Photos app built into iOS on your iPad gives you access to all of the pictures and video you've taken with your device, as well as any images synced to your Photo Stream through iCloud. You can edit, share and delete images from the app, which enables you to erase pictures individually or in batches. Unless you have the images in question backed up in another location, there's no way of getting them back once they've been deleted.

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Use the iPad's built-in Photos app to manage your pictures.
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Tap the "Photos" icon on the iPad's home screen.

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Tap "Photos" to see all of the pictures stored on the device. Swipe up and down to scroll through the thumbnails.

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Select "Edit" if you wish to delete a batch of images together. Tap all of the photos you wish to remove (each one will be marked with a blue tick) and choose "Delete" to erase them.

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Tap on an individual photo to see a larger preview of it. Tap the trash can icon then choose "Delete Photo" to erase it.

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Tap on "Photo Stream" or "Albums" from the Photos app front page to browse through images from other sources and the albums you've created.