For those of us who have been using iDevices since the long-ago days of iOS 1.0, the first version of the iPad and iPhone operating system, it’s been great to see the volume and quality of new features added over these last 5 years or so. From the App Store to copy&paste to AirPrint and AirPlay Mirroring, it’s been mostly a great ride in terms of the ever-improving feature set – even though changes have often come more slowly than many users would like.
iOS is still far from perfect though, and it still has some features that leave me scratching my head and wondering why the heck they work the way they do. One prime example that springs to mind today is the ‘Delete Everywhere’ action in the Photos app. This one strikes me as 100% unhelpful and really just plain stupid.
Apple has traditionally made it very hard for us to do any sort of organizing of our photos on the iPad or iPhone. And when they finally gave us the ability to create albums, they rendered it virtually a useless feature when they added the Delete Everywhere to the mix. Just in case you’ve not come across this boneheaded corner of iOS, here’s how this works:
You create a new album in Photos, lets say one called Dogs for example, and add 20 of your favorite photos of your dog to it. And then you create a folder called Cats, and add all your loveliest photos of your pet cat to it. Then at some point you might want to clean out your Camera Roll to preserve space on your device (or just keep things neater) so you might well want to delete those dog and cat photos as part of that process. What you’ll find is that you cannot just delete them from the Camera Roll. As soon as you tap the trash can icon to remove them, the only option you get is to Delete Everywhere.
I still have a few albums I’ve created in the Photos app on my iPads, but I don’t create a lot of them just because of the need to keep any photos added to them within the Camera Roll as well. It ends up being more useful to upload images to Dropbox or other services, where I can store them in whatever folders I like – and then have the ability to download them to my device if I ever need to.
What do you all think of albums and delete everywhere in iOS? What are some of your least favorite iOS features?