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If you’ve updated your device to a newer version of iOS (iOS 9 or later), you’ve gained the ability to quickly select multiple images in the Photos app (or perhaps I should say re-gained). This will help you quickly select multiple images in Photos with a simple swiping gesture, so you don’t have to spend time tapping each one individually.

Obviously, this won’t save you a ton of time when you’re working with just one or two images, but if you’re trying to move or delete many pictures, it can significantly cut down on your required efforts. You may already know about this little trick, but for those that don’t, here’s a quick tutorial for you.

How to quickly select multiple pictures in Photos app

Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, and navigate to an album or your Camera Roll.

Step 2. Tap the Select button in the upper right-hand corner.

Step 3. Tap on the first photo you’d like to add to your selection and slide your finger to the right.


Step 4. When you reach the end of the row, slide your finger down to the next (without lifting it). Doing this selects the entire row, and you can swipe back to the left to remove photos one-by-one.

It’s worth noting this doesn’t require 3D Touch. So anyone with iOS 9 or later can do it, and those with a newer iPhone don’t need to deep-press. Just tap like you’d normally tap a button and slide your finger across the screen. It’s also worth mentioning this works from both right to left and left to right.

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  • 9to5Slavery


    More jailbreak news please!

    I returned my iPhone 6s because it was so heavy

    • Cristian B

      I hope your just trolling. Omg what a pathetic excuse

      • 9to5Slavery

        I don’t know what to say about the trolling part. I do mean it. I have my iPhone 6 atm, returning the 6S Gold tomorrow when I have less errands. I love the non refreshing pages in Safari, but with jailbreak, noslowanimations, nitrous, alwaysfirstswipe, noannoyance. I’m golden.

        The heaviness of iPhone 6S can be very noticeable. The iPhone 6 is like paper.

      • Cristian B

        I didn’t realize 14 more grams would bother you that much to the point that you would downgrade. I guess it is what it is smh

      • John

        lol, that sounds sad

      • 9to5Slavery

        Yeah I do notice it since apple makes devices so thin all the time from recent upgrades to upgrades. The 6 weight was selling point for me compared to 5S

      • John

        if you didn’t use your iphone 6, then you would accustom to the 6+

      • 9to5Slavery

        I can’t I wear dress pants and khakis to work. It won’t do or look professional. I do understand where you are coming from . My hand got tired from using 6S

  • Oh nice, they got this feature from Google Photos! Glad to see they took a good feature of that app, though I wish we had more iCloud storage for free (I pay for the 50 GB for backups). I still don’t use iCloud Photo Library because Google offers unlimited free storage.

    • It is actually a feature they removed from iOS 7 for unknown reasons. Search for it, and you can see tutorials dating back to at least iOS 4. Glad to see them adding it back.

      • Toukale

        Enough with your facts already.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I’m even baffled that the folks over at iMore think that this is a NEW feature of iOS 9. I remember doing this back in iOS 5 and 6.

  • Dexter SherloConan

    scientific calculator on landscape mode since iPhone OS 2; swipe to delete digits in Calculator since iPhone OS 3; swipe to select photos since iOS 4; take photos while video recording since iOS 6; desktop mode request in Safari since iOS 8; insert photos in Notes since iOS 8.

  • John

    It was removed earlier

  • Murat Özakat

    by tapping the status bar without lifting your finger, you can select all of the photos.