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Recently Deleted Album on iOS 8: Do We Really Need It?

Last updated: September 22, 2014 at 20:16 pm

Have you checked your photo album in iOS 8? There is a new “Recently Deleted” folder that keeps all the photos. Let’s quickly explain you how it works: open the iOS camera, click a selfie or any photo right now, and delete it. Guess what happens?

In iOS 8, that photo is not permanently deleted. It goes right into your “Recently Deleted” album. To get rid of it, you have delete the deleted photo again. But do we even need this option?

Apple, Can You Please Disable Recently Deleted Album?

The real problem is that we cannot hide or disable “Recently Deleted” album from our iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch. Apple considers this new option as a “feature” — feature we have no control over.

Here’s how the new “Recently Deleted” album looks like on iPhone 5s. And yes, we have managed to delete all the photos from this album.

Even several users on Twitter are surprised (and annoyed) with this new addition. Here’s what they think:

I deleted 285 photos and than they go to recently deleted, one down fall for iOS 8 – @bianca_darcy
iOS 8 if I delete a photo it means I never wanna see it again, not for it to go in the recently deleted album – @MegannSantiago
The “recently deleted” album on iOS 8 annoys me greatly – @elokinikole
I think it’s dumb how iOS 8 made a recently deleted photo album, so every time I delete a pic I have to delete the pic in that album too – @idkalbert
Why is there a “recently deleted” album in iOS 8. i want to delete the photo, not keep it in another folder for 30 days. – @itscoletteee
Why did iOS 8 add a “recently deleted” album to the photo app? If I delete a picture, I want it gone – @laurennjarvis

Proposed Solution

Sure, this new “Recently Deleted” folder can be helpful in many ways, like recovering accidentally deleted photos. However, majority of us erase photos because we don’t want them on our devices anymore.

One logical solution to this problem is to…

  • Add Option To Autodelete Photos:
    Messages app has an autodelete option where text messages are deleted after a certain period of time. Give us similar options in the next iOS 8 update — like delete photos “instantly” or “in 30 minutes” or “in 6 hours” — from the iOS 8 Photos app.

Of course, another solution is to completely remove the album in the next update. Or give us the option to do so.

Will Apple listen to its customers? Can they “delete” the “Recently Deleted” album? Let’s hope so.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • veena

    I don’t even know if new ios 8 is an upgrade or downgrade….. good article.

    • Thai Amulet

      I would call it a ‘slowdown of no grade’

  • Thai Amulet

    its even stupider than the tips app. I spent two hours yesterday deleting a thousand photos i deleted already. Who on earth wants to delete things double? For the odd image i accidentally delete, i prefer to lose one once in a while than have half my storage all chewed up by ‘deleted’ images, which are in truth not deleted.. they are just moved to a different folder, called ‘recently deleted’ Well that’s not deleted is it? deleted, means, gone, forever.