Removing all iphone photos and videos to recover space

I'm trying to understand the the logic in which the iphone 5 has saved all my photos to my iphone.  I've used Windows explorer to import all the photos to my PC (I didnt select the delete after importing option).  I now want to delete many of the photos but the folder structure has many folder under the DCIM folder.

Some start with a number prefix like 100+[APPLE] or 100+[CLOUD].  Some of the most recent photos I have taken are spread between 100 and 104 folder prefixes.  My goal is to now to wipe the old photos and videos by selecting all DCIM folders and just deleting them.  Any issues with this?

I dont want the conversation to digress into using icloud or importing to some other tool or why I'm not doing it another way,
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My goal is to now to wipe the old photos and videos by selecting all DCIM folders and just deleting them.  Any issues with this?


If you allowed the default setting of backing up to iCloud, you must log in and delete them there as well or they will come back to you.
u587162Author Commented:
There is no mass way of deleting them from iCloud that I know of though, I have over 6,000 photos and videos there.

When I connect my phone to iTunes it says "iTunes cannot sync photos to the iphone because the folder "Camera Roll" cannot be found.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I deleted all my photos from both iPhone and the automatic iCloud backup. Sorry - I do not know if there is a mass delete. I tried and did not find one. I had to delete 1,500 photos.
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u587162Author Commented:
The issue is that I do not have my iphone and iCloud in sync for the photos anymore (switched it off ages ago), so removing the photos from the phone will not remove it from icloud and I'm down to less than a few hundred megs of storage so cant switch it on again else it will mess things up and start pulling photos down from icloud.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you for clarifying.

Can you log into iCloud with your Apple ID?  I did this and then deleted my photos in groups. It went fairly smoothly. I am not sure if this will work for you, but it did work for me.

Then you can delete photos from iPhone but I do not know of a mass way to do this.
u587162Author Commented:
I can logon but with over 6000 photos there I'm  not able to select all photos or delete them in one go either.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I was able to select all in a screen, Delete, next screen, Delete and so on. It did take a while.

Likely 2 people complained to Apple that they deleted all their photos and Apple then took steps to prevent mass deletes.

I have come close to your predicament and do not have any way to automate this. Sorry.

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u587162Author Commented:
Aside from holding down the control button to select individual photos, how are you able to select all photos at a time - the holding down of the shit key does not enable multiple selection?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I had to use the Control Key. Painful, I understand, but that was how I had to do it. I just logged into iCloud just now and it is the same.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I found this (it does not help you) from an Apple forum.

"Agree with the fed-up users on here : Extremely annoying that Apple would change the simple, common, fundamental functionality of being able to Shift-Click to select multiple photos from "All Photos". Especially since it was already there!! It's baffling as to why they would even take this out. Restore this immediately, please."

It confirms what I said above. Painful indeed.
Hi u587162,

Just confirming what has been said above - Apple do not allow you to 'select all' photos.

If they allowed this, it would make it very easy to migrate somewhere else (such as, say, Google Drive / Photos).

Why they do not allow this, I can only speculate, but it is another factor as to why I recommend clients do not use Apple devices.  Compare it to Google, where they will, if you want, allow you to create one big zip file of everything that you have stored on Google (drive, photos, emails, bookmarks, ....) and download it so that you can backup or move it elsewhere if you want to.

Not much help to you though.

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Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
#a42450186 is the solution to this.  Painful, but it works.  I've done it this way too.
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