• Photos and iCloud

    Home » Forums » AskWoody support » Apple » iOS » Photos and iCloud


    I have a new iPhone and I’m still trying to understand all the settings.

    My problem is I have all these photos/videos that got backed up to iCloud and now my iCloud space is almost full. Is there a way to delete photos/videos from iCloud without deleting them from my phone? I found the setting to turn off photos from backing up to iCloud.

    If I backup my iPhone to my MBA, will it backup my photos with the iCloud backup of photos disabled?


    Viewing 0 reply threads
    • #2454295

      If you have iCloud Photos turned on, deleting a photo from your Photos library on your iPhone will also delete it from your Photos library on your Mac. iCloud Photos is kinda like Dropbox in which changes made on one device will be synced across all of your devices. There is no way to delete a photo from only one device if iCloud Photos is turned on; you’ll have to turn iCloud Photos off entirely.

      If you would like to backup your iPhone photos to your Mac automatically, you can disable iCloud Backups entirely, then backup all of the data on your iPhone to your Mac. You can do this via the Finder if your iPhone is connected to your Mac. Alternatively, you can manually connect your iPhone to your Mac and then import the photos on your iPhone onto your Mac, where you can organize them as you please.

      1 user thanked author for this post.
      • #2454404

        I am a little slow with this issue.

        So there is no way to delete my photos in iCloud and leave them on my phone?

        • #2454517

          Anonymous’s post reminded me of what I had forgotten about iCloud photos and my phone.  I had iCloud photos switched ON, but didn’t really know what I had done and how to manage it, eg, where is the iCloud Photo Library….in iCloud.com, of course.  I checked and there it is! I now find this Apple link very helpful.


          1 user thanked author for this post.
    Viewing 0 reply threads
    Reply To: Photos and iCloud

    You can use BBCodes to format your content.
    Your account can't use all available BBCodes, they will be stripped before saving.

    Your information: