How to Delete and Remove Photo Albums From iPhone Storage

Having too many photo albums stored on your iPhone can take up a lot of storage space and make your Photos app feel cluttered. Here is a detailed guide on how to delete albums from your iPhone to free up space and declutter your photo library.

Why Delete Photo Albums?

Here are some key reasons you may want to delete albums from your iPhone:

  • Free up storage space – Photos and videos can take up a lot of storage space on your iPhone. Deleting unused or unwanted albums is an easy way to free up room on your device.
  • Declutter your Photos app – Over time, it’s easy for your Photos app to become cluttered with albums you no longer need. Deleting them helps keep things clean and organized.
  • Focus on your best photos – By removing unwanted albums, you can focus on keeping only your best and most meaningful photos and videos.

What Albums Can Be Deleted?

Most albums you manually create in the Photos app can be deleted. However, there are some default albums provided by Apple that cannot be removed:

  • Recents – Shows all photos sorted by most recent.
  • Favorites – Stores photos you mark as favorites.
  • People – Automatically groups photos based on detected faces.
  • Places – Organizes photos by location using GPS metadata.

So focus your deleting efforts on albums you have personally created.

How to Delete an Album

Follow these steps to delete a photo album on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap Albums at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap See All next to My Albums.
  4. Tap Edit in the top right corner.
  5. Tap the red delete icon next to the album you want to remove.
  6. Confirm deleting the album by tapping Delete Album.
  7. When finished, tap Done to exit edit mode.

The photos that were in the deleted album will still remain saved in your overall Photos library and other albums. Only the album itself is removed.

Delete Albums Created by Third-Party Apps

Some third-party apps like WhatsApp and Twitter automatically create albums when you save photos from those apps. Follow the same delete album steps to remove those as well.

Just keep in mind deleting the album does not delete the app or your account/data from those services.

Recover Deleted Albums

If you accidentally delete an album you wanted to keep, you may be able to recover it from the Recently Deleted album:

  1. In Photos, tap Albums.
  2. Scroll down and tap Recently Deleted.
  3. Tap Select to choose the deleted album(s).
  4. Tap Recover to restore the album(s).

However, albums only remain in Recently Deleted for up to 40 days before being permanently deleted. So act fast if you need to restore an album.

Delete Photos From Albums

When you delete an album, the photos remain saved in your overall Photos library. To delete the photos once you’ve removed the album:

  1. Tap the Library tab.
  2. Tap Select.
  3. Tap each photo you want to delete.
  4. Tap the Delete icon.

The photos will move to Recently Deleted for up to 40 days before being permanently deleted.

Alternative Ways to Delete Albums

In addition to directly deleting albums on your iPhone, here are two other methods:

Delete Albums Using iTunes on PC/Mac

  1. Connect iPhone to computer using USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes app and select your iPhone.
  3. Under Photos, click Albums.
  4. Right click the album and select Delete.

This will remove both the album and its photos from your iPhone.

Use Third-Party App to Delete Albums

Apps like AnyTrans and iMyFone iTransor offer advanced iPhone management features. You can use them to selectively delete albums while keeping or deleting the photos.

Tips for Managing iPhone Photo Storage

Here are some additional tips for keeping your iPhone photo storage organized:

  • Review old photos and delete blurry/unwanted ones.
  • Use iCloud Photo Library to store photos and automatically free up space.
  • Create organized albums to categorize your best photos.
  • Back up photos regularly so they are safe if deleted from your iPhone.


By learning how to properly delete photo albums from your iPhone, you can save storage space, keep your Photos app organized, and ensure you only keep your most meaningful pictures.

Just remember that default albums like Recents and Favorites cannot be removed. Focus on deleting albums you have manually created instead. And if you change your mind, you may be able to recover recently deleted albums.

So go ahead and do some photo album spring cleaning on your iPhone! Keeping your photo library neat and trimmed down will make it easier to find and enjoy your best shots.