deleting ALL photos

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    Is it possible to delete ALL the images on my iPad? I would like to reorganize everything I have and find it difficult to do.
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    Plug it into your computer, then use Windows Explorer to find your iPad as a removable drive. You can then delete all of the photographs using Windows. Do not delete the DCIM folder itself or undesirable things could happen.

    You can copy your photographs to your PC using this method too.
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    Actually, I'm on a Mac: is there a way to see the iPad as an extra drive with a Mac?
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    Kevin, I unsynced all my photos and it left little gray jpg placeholders for all the missing images on my iPad that I can't get rid of. Any suggestions?
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    They should disappear when you do a reset. Close the photo app in the multitask bar first.
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    How do you do a reset?
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    If I may:

    Fully Close the App: Double tap the Home button (or do a 4-finger swipe up) to reveal a row of icons in the multi-tasking bar. Press and hold an icon until they all start to wiggle and you see a red circle with a minus sign ("-") in the top left. Press the minus sign to fully close the app. Don't worry, it won't remove the app from your iPad, just from the iPad's resident memory.

    Then...

    Restart: Hold down the power button until the power off slider appears. Slide it off. When the iPad finishes shutting down, hold down the power button again until the Apple logo appears.

    If that doesn't help, try this last step...

    Reset: Hold both the power and home buttons until the screen goes dark and the Apple logo then appears (the slide to unlock screen may or may not appear). Once the logo appears, release the buttons. After a time, your homescreen will appear. Please note that it may take some time for the Apple logo to appear or for your homescreen to appear (or both). This is normal. Eventually, the homescreen will appear.

    Good luck and holler back if you need more - or to tell us it worked.

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    Did the hard reset...picture frames are still in Photos
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    Let's try this from twerppoet.

    Fire up iTunes on the PC. Turn off photo sync before connecting the iPad. Then connect and do a sync. The frames should be gone.

    If they haven't, try deleting the DCIM folder. THAT should clear them because they'll have nowhere to hide. Next time you take a photo, the iPad should automatically recreate the DCIM folder.
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    Ok, I tried the DCIM delete and an error message came up saying either the device has stopped responding or has been disconnected.
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    Time for a reboot. See if that clears the problem.
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    I'm going to suggest a restore to factory settings followed by a restore from backup. Nothing untoward should be able to survive that.

    Incidentally, sorry this process has been such a pain. The only reason I suggested it in the first place is that it has worked for me several times on both iPhone and iPad. It worked on photographs taken with the cameras and those downloaded and saved.

    I won't, however be recommending this approach in future. It clearly doesn't work for everyone.
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    Actually if he has the option to sync photos turned on in itunes no matter what he does the ipad will just transfer them back i also recommend a factory restore but make sure when you connect your ipad for the first time after the restore to tell it not to restore from backup and do a clean set up yes you will have to relog back into your mail and everything else but they should be gone
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    So, is the factory restore y'all are referring to the one in iTunes on the my iPad screen?
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    Yes. And you can restore from backup there too.

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    Deleting numbered DCIM folders that show up My Computer when connected to desktop.

    I can connect to desktop and delete photos, but I can't delete the empty numbered folders that show up within the DCIM folder. When I try, I get this message: Error deleting folder. (numbered folder) could not be deleted. The device has either stopped responding or has been disconnected.

    Any way to clean it up and delete?
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    Oh, but you don't want to delete photos in any other place than in the Photos app on the iPad (unless you're removing them via iTunes cause that's how you put them on there).

    Using the computer to delete folders or photos directly from within that DCIM folder may cause your camera app to become unstable. The iPad/camera app have software written to control that - interjecting a manual delete via the computer could mess it up.

    Unfortunately, if your iPad is now acting erratically after you deleted those folders, I'm afraid you have messed up the camera app. As its a default app that you can't uninstall and reinstall, I'm afraid the only solution is to restore the iPad (put a new, fresh iOS on it). There is no other way to fix it.

    Marilyn
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    Marilyn,
    Thank you for the warning. My ipad is fine. I've had no problems, but good info to know.

    The pictures I delete are usually taken while on vacation with a digital camera and transfered to my ipad for easy viewing. Once they are transferred to my desktop computer at home, I delete from my ipad.
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    Funny how this came up right now, I have just posted about this. I was trying to delete photos which I uploaded from my PC. I suppose that I did the upload from iTunes, or is there another way? It is a very confusing subject Marilyn. I wanted to delete a bunch and free up some room because I have just put ALL my photos on Box from my PC and iPad so don't need to have then on my iPad anymore.
    Please see the thread I started, perhaps it should be moved to this one?
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    It's probably because you have synced these photos using iTunes. So plug your iPad in iTunes and deselect these photos and sync again. They will then be gone
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