how to delete already imported pictures from iPhone in MacOS X Photos app?

How to delete imported photos on Mac
  1. Find the photo in Photos or FInder.
  2. Right-click or hold Control and click on the picture.
  3. Click Move to Trash.

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How to Delete Photos Imported to iPhone from PC/Mac %

Well, there is a way out. You can delete the photos using iTunes, with which you have imported your photos. In fact, there is another solution, a bypass you can say, to delete your photos from iPhone. But first, I have listed below a few steps following which you can delete your photos from your iPhone.

Many iPhone users have ranted about this and written complaints angrily about this. But probably you are paying the price of using an iPhone. Or maybe they wanted you to make the most of iTunes. The fact still remains that you cannot (yes, simply can’t) delete your photos from iPhone if you have imported those beautiful pics from your computer or Mac.

A smartphone like an iPhone obviously lures you to capture many photos of your loved ones. But there are times when you wish to transfer photos from your personal computer or Mac to your iPhone or iPad. So what is the trouble? Well, apparently there is none except that you are not able to delete photos imported to iPhone/iPad from PC or Mac. (I can see your red face now.)

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Have you tried using Capture?

Plug in your phone. Select it from Devices. Select the photos, hit the little “no” icon (the circle with the line through it) near the bottom of the window, and delete the photo. Also good to delete photos you dont even want in photos.

If the identical s are already present in Photos (due to prior import from My Photo Stream, for example), it will not reimport them. It only imports new items. In fact, the button on the import screen in Photos says “Import All New Photos” if there are already-imported photos present on the device as well.

There is no way in Photos to remove already-imported photos from iPhone, like there was in iPhoto. The only way is to remove them by using the Photos app on the device itself.

Try disabling iCloud Photo Library on your phone. I had this enabled and was wondering why the “Delete items after import” icon was missing and Capture showed a lock icon against all of the items and hid the delete button.

Once I disabled iCloud Photo Library, disconnected my phone, reconnected and restarted Photos and Capture, the delete icon reappeared.

A workflow I do is to go back and make sure I reselect all of the photos, check “delete items after import” and re-import them again. Ill have duplicates in my album, but I feel safer that way.

This is a problem. The new Photos app will re-import photos that were already imported via iCloud. You have to select them first and then the buttons are highlighted. If you check the “delete from iPhone” box, it will clean them off of the iPhone (good!) but then you will have duplicates in the Photos app (NOT good).

This wrinkle leave you with two options: Turn off iCloud and import them the old way or leave iCloud on and manually deleted photos from your iPhone.

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