How do you delete photos from iCloud? This article will show you how to delete iCloud photos in 2 ways. As a rule, you have iCloud Photo Library enabled on your device by default. Also by default, you will only be given 5 GB of free iCloud storage, which get used up pretty quickly.
If you are uncomfortable with entrusting your photos to any cloud service, 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 storage plan.
TIP: If you have Photostream enabled, check out this article by Apple on how to delete photos from My Photostream.
Don’t forget to make 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
- Delete multiple photos from iCloud (not all at once): Method 1
- Delete multiple photos from iCloud (not all at once): Method 2
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Delete all photos from iCloud
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Run the app. Enter your Apple ID and password.
If you have two-factor authentication enabled, please allow the connection on one of your devices:
Enter the code:
Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. To delete all the photos and videos from iCloud, click on “Delete”:
Confirm that you want to delete ALL your photos and videos from iCloud by clicking on the checkbox.
Important: Your photos and videos will be deleted from all devices synced with the current iCloud account. To safeguard yourself against any unwanted loss, you can disable iCloud Photo Library on your device. Go to your iPhone settings >> tap on your name >> iCloud >> Photos >> switch off iCloud Photo Library.
Voila! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos are deleted.
Go to iСloud.com and log in using your Apple ID and password.
Click on Photos.
You will see all the photos and videos stored in your iCloud Photo Library. Select the one(s) you want to delete and click on the trash bin icon.
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 bin icon (2) and delete the entire moment.
To make sure your iCloud Photo Library is enabled, go to Settings > tap on your name on top > iCloud > Photos. The switch next to iCloud Photo Library should be on.
Go to your Photos app, tap Select in the top right corner, and then select all the photos you want to delete.
Press the Trash Bin icon in the bottom-right corner. Don’t forget to delete your photos from Recently Deleted folder as well 🙂
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Delete multiple photos from iCloud (not all at once): Method 1
If you do not want to delete all the photos at once, select photos for deletion manually at iСloud.com.
Delete multiple photos from iCloud (not all at once): Method 2
It is also possible to delete iCloud photos directly from your device (iPhone/iPad) if you have iCloud Photo Library enabled.
How to delete photos from iPhone but not iCloud
Sometimes you may want to delete photos from your iPhone (for example, to free up space), but keep them in iCloud as a backup. But if your iCLoud Photo Library is enabled, you can’t do it: if you delete photos on your iPhone, they will be deleted from iCloud, too. The easiest way to deal with this is simply to turn off your iCloud Photo Library. Here’s how to do that: on your iPhone go to Settings > Apple ID (your name) > iCloud > Photos and then turn off iCloud Photo Library.
Once you’ve done that, all your photos already uploaded to iCloud will be stored on Apple servers. You can delete photos from your iPhone and they still will be in iCloud.
That’s it! Now you know 3 ways of deleting iCloud photos and can even delete photos from iPhone while still keeping them in iCloud. If your storage still exceeds 5 GB, check out our tips on how to clear more iCloud storage.