How to Permanently Delete HEIC Photos from iPhone/iPad on iOS 11

On the new iOS 11, there have been many changes when it comes to images and their formats. One major change was the switch from JPG to HEIC as the default format for the images you take on your iPhone/iPad. The reason for this is that HEIC does a better job of compressing your photos to save storage space, while losing hardly any quality. JPG, on the other hand, though it is a more common format, is lossy—which means that it loses quality when it is compressed.

Now, you may be wondering, how do you manage these new HEIC photos? How do you delete them from your iPhone, for example? Let’s take a look at this subject more closely:

(But if you need to convert HEIC photos to JPG, you can refer to Convert iOS 11 Photos from HEIC to JPG.)

1. Simply Delete HEIC Photos from iPhone/iPad iOS 11

1.1 Delete HEIC Photos Directly on iPhone/iPad

Step 1. Go to Photos app on your device.

Step 2. Find your photos in Year > Collections > Moments.

Step 3. To delete photos in bulk, go to the gallery that shows all your photos and tap Select at the top. Check the photos that you want to delete.

Step 4. Tap the trash icon at the bottom right corner. You will be asked to confirm before you delete.

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Step 5. After you delete, remember to clear your Recently Delete album. You can do this by going to your Albums, selecting Recently Deleted and then deleting photos in there using the technique above.

1.2 Delete HEIC Photos from iPhone/iPad (For MacOS High Sierra 10.13)

You can also use the Image Capture on MacOS High Sierra 10.13 to delete all the photos from iPhone or iPad. This is not available for PC or MacOS High Sierra 10.12 and lower.

Step 1. Connect your device to your Mac.

Step 2. Open Image Capture.

Step 3. Click your device icon on the left.

Step 4. You should see a list of the photos on your device. Select which photos you want to get rid of.

Step 5. Click the delete button. It should look like a little circle with a line through it near the bottom. After that, just confirm that you want to delete the photos and they should be deleted.

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Is Simply Deleting HEIC Photos Safe Enough?

When you manually delete anything on your iPhone or iPad, the file is not really deleted. It’s just hanging around in your storage waiting to be overwritten. This means that someone with recovery software could conceivably find your photos, even after you delete them.

This means that if those photos were private or sensitive, then just deleting them manually isn’t enough. You need to permanently remove them so that they’re unrecoverable.

2. Permanently Delete HEIC Photos on iPhone/iPad iOS 11 (100% Unrecoverable)

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So how do you make your HEIC photos unrecoverable? Well, you can use a great privacy application called iMyFone Umate Pro for Win or for Mac. This application will help you delete photos and other data so that they are completely unrecoverable, even by a hacker with recovery software. It's recommended by lots of media, like MacWorld, iPhoneinCanada, APPKED, etc.

Key Features:

  • Manage HEIC Photos: view, transfer, permanently delete iOS 11 HEIC photos and HEVC videos.
  • Wipe both HEIC and JPG photos so that no one will be able to see them again, even with hacking software.
  • Erase many types of files and make them 100% unrecoverable.
  • Even the previously deleted photos will be found out and completely wiped.
  • Clear up photos cache from iPhone/iPad for free.

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Steps to Permanently Delete HEIC Photos from iPhone/iPad

Step 1. Download and install iMyFone Umate Pro to your PC or Mac, then plug your device into your computer. Open Umate Pro and click where it says Erase Private Data.

Step 2. Click Scan and wait for it to scan for your private data (including photos). Click to select the photos that you want to delete or just select “Photo & Videos” on the left to select them all. Click Erase Now.
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Step 3. Choose your security level and type “delete” in the text box to confirm, then click Erase Now. This will permanently delete these photos and make them unrecoverable.

Steps to Backup HEIC Photos from iPhone to Computer

Step 1. Again, connect your device to your computer and open Umate Pro. Click where it says 1-Click Free Up Space on the left.

Step 2. Click Photos tab from the home interface. It will start to scan your iPhone photos.

Step 3. Choose Export & Delete. Select the photos that you want to backup and click on Export Only to start the process.

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