iPhoto on the iOS 5.1 allows you to delete pictures that you don’t want on your Photo Stream manually. To delete is easy. Just go to the Photo Stream in your Photo App and click on the far right with the Box and Right Arrow icon and select the photos you don’t want and click on the Red Delete button after you are done.
After you delete them, your Photo Stream does not refresh automatically. You have to give it a jump-start so other devices such as your Apple TV, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone will refresh automatically. For some reason, there is a ton of bugs for Photo Stream that Apple need to address. Here’s a tip on how to refresh your Photo Stream. I use my iPad 1 on iOS 5.0.1 as a Photo Frame, and I noticed that whenever I delete photos off my Photo Stream from my iPad 3 with iOS 5.1, the pictures don’t refresh on my iPad 1 Photo Stream. I thought maybe it takes a while, but then, I only had like 10 pictures in the Photo Stream just to test out. I deleted 2, waited for an hour or more and I went back to see the pictures, it did not refresh. I took new pictures, about 3 of them, and all showed up within minutes, along with the ones I supposedly deleted. Something isn’t right.
Here’s how to refresh the Photo Stream from the device you want to refresh on, in this case, on my iPad 1 as an example. On my iPad 1, I went to Settings > Photos and switched Off Photo Stream. It then asked me if I want to delete the Photos off my Photo Stream. I click on Delete Photos. Then I turned Photo Stream back On. I waited for the Photos in my Photo Stream to come back to life under the Photo app. Voila; all the ones I deleted were gone. So all are updated.
I then went to iPhoto on my Mac to upload more to my Photo Stream and the more I have pictures in my Photo Stream, the more bugs it has. For instance, even though I had deleted at least 50 off my Photo Stream using my iPad 3, some fell off the crack and would still showed my deleted Photos in my Photo Stream. So I had to go back to my iPad 3, delete that did not get deleted. I also noticed that for some reason, it created double instead of deleting them. It gets frustrating after awhile, especially when you have a gazillion pictures that you took from your vacation and all went to Photo Stream since it is an automatic upload to iCloud.
So there are good and bad things having Photo Stream enabled. Another bad thing about Photo Stream enabled with iCloud is that it wastes more battery uploading them automatically during your vacation. Not to mention it will cost you a lot more if you are roaming with data charges. But at least you know how to refresh your Photo Stream without actually deleting them all through Apple Website.
You can also delete Photos using your Apple TV on the latest iOS or other iDevices on iOS 5.1. But don’t forget to refresh them. If you want to refresh your Photo Stream on your Apple TV, just go to Internet tab next to Music, then go down to Photo Stream and Sign Out. Then go back to Photo Stream and Photo Stream Setup will occur and you can set it up again by using the same account or different account. I used the same account as my iTunes Store. So I click on Yes for “Would you like to turn on Photo Stream using the account email@example.com?” After clicking Yes, it would ask you if you would like to “Use Photo Stream as Screen Saver?” The option is Yes or No, I chose Yes and then wait for your newly refreshed Photo Stream to re-stream itself.
This method works on devices with iOS 5.0.1 and 5.1. However, you can only delete pictures from your Photo Stream with iOS 5.1.