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How do you delete photos from iCloud storage? In this article you are going to find out two ways on how to delete iCloud photos! Usually what happens is you have iCloud Photos enabled on your device by default. Apple only gives you 5 GB of free iCloud storage, which fills up pretty quickly.
iCloud storage full

If you don’t want to keep your photos in any kind of cloud, or if you simply don’t want to pay for iCloud storage anymore, this article will show you how to delete pictures from iCloud and downgrade your iCloud plan.

TIP: If you have Photostream enabled, check out how to delete photos from My Photostream article by Apple.

Don’t forget to do regular backups of your photos to your computer, so you won’t completely lose your photos if something happens to your iPhone. Anyway, let’s get started! Choose the method you prefer below:

Delete all photos from iCloud

  1. Download CopyTrans Cloudly:
    Download iCloud photos

  2. Run the app. Enter your Apple ID and password.
    Enter Apple ID and password

  3. If you have a two-factor authentication enabled, please allow the connection on one of your devices:
    Apple ID sign in requested

  4. Enter the code:
    Apple ID verification code
    Two factor authentication

  5. Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. To delete all photos and videos from iCloud, click “Delete”:
    Delete photos from iCloud Photo Library

  6. Now you will need to confirm that you want to delete ALL your photos and videos from iCloud by clicking the checkbox.

    Important: Please note that if your iCloud Photo Library is enabled, your photos and videos will be deleted from all the devices that are associated with the Apple ID you logged in with.

  7. Voila! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos are deleted.
    Delete all photos from iCloud Photo Library

  8. You can now disable your iCloud Photo Library if you want. Go to your iPhone settings >> iCloud >> Photos >> turn iCloud Photo Library switch off.
    disable icloud photo library on iphone

    BONUS: you can retrieve some of the photos you deleted forever! Who would’ve thought?

    Delete multiple photos from iCloud (not all at once): Way 1

    If you want to choose which photos you want to delete, you can delete your photos directly through iСloud.com.

    1. Go to iСloud.com and log in using your Apple ID and password. iCloud sign in page

    2. Click on Photos. Click on Photos icon in iCloud

    3. You will see all the photos and videos stored in your iCloud Photo Library. Select the one you want to delete and click the trash icon. You will have to select the photos one by one.

      Delete iCloud photos one by one

      If you have 1000 or less photos, you can click Ctrl + A and all the photos will be selected. After that you can click delete and delete them all at once. However, if you have more than 1000 photos in your library, iCloud will let you select them all, but won’t let you do anything with them:
      Can't select and download more than 1000 photos in iCloud

    4. You can also delete photos by moments. Hover over the moment and you will see two buttons: plus sign and share sign (1). Click on either of them and the whole moment will be selected. Now you can click on the Trash bucket icon (2) and delete the entire moment.

      Delete iCloud photos by moments

      You can also select multiple moments by holding the Shift key as you press Select. But again, iCLoud won’t let you delete more than 1000 photos at once.

    5. Delete multiple photos from iCloud (not all at once): Way 2

      You can also delete iCloud photos directly through your device (iPhone/iPad) if you have iCloud Photos connected.

      1. To make sure your iCloud Photos are enabled, go to Settings > tap on your name on top > iCloud > Photos. The switch next to iCloud Photos should be on.
        iCloud Photo library is enabled on your Apple device when the toggle is green

      2. After this you can go to your Photos app, tap Select in the top right corner, and then select all the photos you want to delete.
        Click Select

      3. Then simply press the Trash bucket icon in the bottom right corner. Don’t forget to delete your photos from the Recently Deleted folder as well 🙂

      4. That’s it! Now you’ve deleted the photos from your iCloud. If your storage still exceeds 5 GB, check out our tips on how to clear more iCloud storage.

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Irina is a marketing and tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market, who dyes her hair in the color of her cats' fur (future cat lady detected) and enjoys sitting on her balcony on a rainy day reading books, watching TV shows, playing video games and drinking hot chocolate. With marshmallows.