iPhone tip: Select multiple photos to share or to delete

Unless you know where to find it, this highly desirable function is easy to overlook. It was for me, anyway. Granted, I'm not terribly bright.

Don't overlook that "Action" button in the top-right corner of the Camera Roll page. It's how you select multiple photos.
Don't overlook that "Action" button in the top-right corner of the Camera Roll page. It's how you select multiple photos. Screenshot by Rick Broida

Not everything about the iPhone is intuitive. For example, certain users (OK, me) have often wondered how to select more than one photo to share via e-mail or to delete.

I mean, there's no visible "select" option on the main Camera Roll page, and if you tap an individual photo, you get share/delete options solely for that photo--there's no option to go back and add more.

Today's tip is about a feature that's hiding in plain sight. Here's how to share or delete multiple photos:

  1. Open the Photos app, then choose the Camera Roll.
  2. Tap the button in the upper-right corner of the screen, which, for lack of a better term, I'll call the Action button.
  3. Now tap each photo (and/or video) you want to share or delete. You'll see a red check mark appear on each one.
  4. When you've finished making your selections, tap Delete to trash them or Share to forward them via e-mail or MMS.

Although the same selection process works in other albums on your iPhone, your options are limited to Share and Copy--you can't delete photos this way.

Speaking of Copy, you can use that function to paste photos into the body of an e-mail (as opposed to attaching them) or into any other apps where pasting photos might be useful. I'm thinking a word-processor document...

Did you find this tip helpful? Any photo-management tips of your own to share? Let's hear from you!

 

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