How to Empty Trash on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

How to Empty Trash on iPhone

Are you struggling to free up storage space on your iPhone? One effective way to do so is by emptying the trash.

Similar to a computer’s recycle bin, the trash folder on your iPhone stores deleted items until you permanently remove them. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of emptying the trash on your iPhone, ensuring that no unnecessary files are taking up valuable storage space.

Step 1: Accessing the Trash Folder

To begin, open the Photos app on your iPhone. By default, it is usually located on your home screen. Once opened, navigate to the “Albums” tab at the bottom of the screen.

Scroll down until you find the “Other Albums” section. Within this section, locate and tap on “Recently Deleted.” This album contains all the photos and videos that have been deleted within a specific timeframe.

Step 2: Reviewing Deleted Items

Upon entering the “Recently Deleted” album, you will see a list of all recently deleted items. By default, photos and videos are retained in this folder for 30 days before being permanently deleted. This provides a safety net in case you accidentally delete something important.

To review individual items, tap on an image or video. You can swipe left or right to navigate through all the items in this folder.


  • If you want to recover an item from the trash, tap on it and then select “Recover.”
  • If you wish to permanently delete an item without recovery option, tap on it and then select “Delete Photo” or “Delete Video.”

Step 3: Emptying the Trash

If you want to free up storage space by permanently deleting all items in the trash folder, tap on the “Select” button located at the top right corner of the screen.

Next, tap on “Delete All” at the bottom left corner of the screen. A pop-up message will appear, asking for confirmation.

Confirm your action by tapping on “Delete [number] Items. “

Congratulations! You have successfully emptied the trash on your iPhone, freeing up valuable storage space for new memories and files.

Note: It’s important to remember that once you empty the trash, there is no way to recover those deleted items. So double-check before emptying the trash if there are any important files you may want to keep.

In conclusion, regularly emptying your iPhone’s trash folder is essential for optimizing storage space. By following these simple steps, you can keep your device clutter-free and ensure that it operates smoothly without any storage-related issues.

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