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How to Delete Photos From iCloud

But save them in the iPhone Photos app.

what you need to know

  • Before deleting photos from your iCloud account, turn off automatic iPhone backup to iCloud.
  • Anger Settings > [Your Apple ID] > iCloud > Images > disable iCloud Photos.
  • Login in iCloud.com > Images > Choose the photos you want to delete > Select the Waste icon.

This article explains how to delete photos from iCloud without deleting them from your iPhone.

How to Bulk Delete Photos on iPhone or iPad

How to delete photos from iPhone but not from iCloud

Do photos stay in iCloud if deleted from iPhone?

iCloud Photos is not a backup of a set of photos on your iPhone. Instead, it’s a replica of your current photo library on your iPhone. If you delete from any location (iCloud Photos or your iPhone), the sync feature deletes the photo in the other location.

The only way to keep a photo on iPhone while you delete it from iCloud is to turn off automatic syncing. It won’t work if you turn iCloud Photos back on later.

So, check if iCloud Photo sync is enabled on your iPhone:

Open Settings from your iPhone home screen and press the button Apple ID with your name.

To select iCloud > Images.

iCloud and Photos in iPhone Settings

Use the iCloud Photos toggle switch to turn syncing on or off.

Turn the switch for iCloud Photos on and off

To delete photos from iCloud without deleting them from iPhone, turn off sync by turning off the switch.

Now you can delete photos from iCloud without automatically deleting them from iPhone. Follow the same steps to turn off iCloud sync for any other Apple device.

Spot:

When deleted, photos and videos are moved to the recently deleted folder in iCloud and iPhone. They will be permanently deleted after 30 days, allowing you to retrieve them if you change your mind. To permanently delete them before 30 days, go to the Recently Deleted folder and select delete all.

How to Delete Photos from iCloud but Keep Them on iPhone

To delete photos from iCloud without deleting them from iPhone, turn off sync as shown above. Then follow the steps below:

Open iCloud.com in any browser and sign in with your Apple ID and authenticate your identity.

To select Images.

iCloud Photos

press the CONTROL (windows) or Organized (macOS) on your keyboard and select the photos you want to delete.

Featured photo in iCloud Photos

Select the trash can icon at the top right of the page to delete the photos.

The photos will be removed from iCloud. With iCloud Photos disabled on your device, the photos in the iPhone Photo Library will not be affected.

Understanding the “Optimize iPhone Storage” setting

Yes Optimize iPhone storage is on, all your full-resolution photos and videos are saved to iCloud, and only the most recent photos and videos are on iPhone. When iPhone runs out of storage space, it uploads full resolution pictures (and videos) to iCloud and replaces them with smaller versions on your iPhone.

If you delete something from iCloud Photos, make sure you have the Download and keep the originals selected option. Now your entire photo library will stay on your phone (if there’s enough free storage space) even when you turn off iCloud Photos and start deleting photos from the cloud.

frequent questions

  • How to download photos from iCloud?

    To download photos from iCloud, go to iCloud.comto select Imageschoose the photo(s), then select the Download icon (the cloud and the down arrow) at the top. To download the original version of the photo or video (in the original format with no modifications), click and hold the button Download icon and select unmodified original.

  • How to upload photos to iCloud?

    To upload a photo to iCloud, go to iCloud.comto select Imagesthen select the Download icon (the cloud and the up arrow) at the top. Or drag files from your computer to your browser’s Photos folder.

  • Why won’t my photos upload to iCloud?

    Downloads may be interrupted when the battery is low or when you are connected to your mobile plan. Reboot your device, check your internet connection and charge your battery.

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