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Find and Delete Unused Images on WordPress – A Step by Step Guide

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Losing valuable server space due to piled-up unused images? 

Pictures make our WordPress sites beautiful and engaging, but sometimes we upload a few extras that never get used.  These forgotten images can pile up, taking precious storage space and making your site sluggish.

Imagine searching through all your files, one by one, trying to find those unused pictures. That sounds like a major time stuck. Luckily, there’s a much better way. 

In this blog post, we’ll share a super simple method to find and delete unused images in just a few clicks.  It’ll free up valuable storage space and keep your website running smoothly.  Let’s dive in and discover how to keep your site clutter-free and lightning-fast!

Impact of Unused Images on Your Website

Unused images are not only difficult to maintain but also can hurt your website. Here are a few of the impacts unused images can have on your website. 

  • Unused images can take up valuable hosting space. This can be problematic for your website, especially when you are on limited storage.  Taking additional storage may cost you a fortune in the long term. 
  • Unused images do not directly affect your site performance, however, taking backups of your data can be slower due to unused images.
  • Having a lot of unused images in your library makes media library management difficult. You can face difficulty managing media files and finding the right one at the right time.

There are tons of other impacts of unused images and files on your website. Those may not be identified in a short time but they will be a big issue in the long term. So clean up your unused images now. 

How to Find and Delete Unused Images on WordPress 

Finding and deleting unused images in WordPress can be a daunting task, often involving countless manual work.

Fortunately, ThumbPress simplifies this process with its standout premium feature, ‘Detect Unused Images’. This powerful tool swiftly identifies and purges unused images from your media library with just a few clicks, saving you time and effort. 

Experience the magic of ThumbPress and streamline your site’s management without any hassle. Choose ThumbPress for a faster, cleaner, and more efficient WordPress experience.

Now let’s see how you can use this magic of ThumbPress and detect unused images. 

Step 1: Install ThumbPress

Detect Unused Images is a premium feature of ThumbPress. To enjoy this incredible feature you need to have both ThumbPress and ThumbPress Pro. 

You can install ThumbPress from your WordPress dashboard and activate it. And for the ThumbPress Pro, you can get your desired package from here. Get your desired package and activate it in your WordPress dashboard.  

Now you are all set to head over to the next step.

Step 2: Set Up and Enable-Feature

Now that you have ThumbPress Pro, you need to set up ThumbPress from your setup wizard. 

Click on the Setup Wizard and complete the process of setting up ThumbPress on your dashboard. 

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You can enable the Detect Unused Images feature from the settings page of your modules. Just enable the button and your feature will be ready to use. 

Setup ThumbPress settings page

After enabling the feature press the Next button to finish setting up ThumbPress. 

You can enable the Detect Unused Images feature from your modules page. To enable the feature, head over to the modules page, enable the button, and hit save settings. 

Detect Unused Images

Step 3: Detect Unused Images 

After you have enabled the feature, you are all set to detect unused images. 

Now head over to the unused images feature option and you will find a Detect option. Simply click on the Detect button and all your unused images will be detected within seconds. 

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Detected unused Images

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Now all your unused images are detected. You can easily get rid of these image files from here and tidy up your website. 


Manual detection and removal of unused images can be time-consuming when you are working with a bulk of images. Often it is demotivating to clean up your WordPress space on a daily basis. 

This is why we have introduced you to an easy solution, ThumbPress. With the help of the handy ThumbPress plugin, finding and deleting unused images in WordPress is a breeze. With the process described, you will free up valuable server space and sometimes you may discover unused gems to put to good use. 

Cleaning up and managing storage is an ongoing process, so remember to run scans with ThumbPress to have a clutter-free, faster space. 

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