If you want to clean up your camera roll to prepare for a new phone, or if you get the dreaded “not enough space” message - here’s a short and sweet tutorial on how to batch edit, save, and clear out your iPhone’s camera roll using your mac (sorry Android friends, you’re not invited to this party!)
First a little humor: I love my husband dearly - but he has a severe case of butterfingers when it comes to his phone. A few weeks ago, he dropped and smashed his phone (a loaner phone from a friend because he dropped and smashed his previous one…), so we took it to a local place to be fixed. I think he had it for about two days, when he purchased a screen protector (because, track record) and dropped it as he was pulling it out of his pocket to apply the glass. Smashed. Good news for me though - I always get the new ones when he smashes his to smithereens!
Plug your iPhone into your Mac and use the spotlight search (magnifying glass at the top right of your screen) to find “Image Capture). You can also find this via your Applications folder.
2. Now you can see all photos and videos on your camera roll. You can click to highlight one, and then shift+click the last photo in the batch if you want to move or delete all photos between the two you clicked on. (*hint: once they are all highlighted, you can command + click to “unselect” photos.)
3. To delete the photos you highlighted, click the delete symbol on the bottom left (pictured below)
4. To save the photos you highlighted, click on the drop-down menu next to “Import to” on the bottom left (pictured above).
5. Create or choose a folder on your computer where you would like the photos to save (pictured below). I chose “other” so I could create a folder wherever I wanted - like on my external hard drive!
6. Click “Import” and the highlighted images will save in the folder you just chose. Now you can repeat these steps to delete them off your phone!