How to Remove Photos from iCloud Photo Library

The iCloud Photo Library is a part of Apple iCloud service that provides a convenient way to save and manage photos and videos on all your devices. As you know after creating an Apple ID you get 5GB of disk space in your iCloud for all possible purposes.

By modern standards, 5GB is not a very large amount of space. However, even this memory is usually filled with completely different data which is not always really necessary for the user. As a rule, media files take the most iCloud storage space. So in this article we will describe to you all possible ways to remove photos from your iCloud Photo Library.

If you want to save your time instead of searching for unneeded files manual way we would suggest that you use a free app for iOS – Phone Cleaner or a free app for Mac – Duplicate File Finder. These apps will allow you to organize your cloud media files and delete unnecessary duplicate photos in several clicks.

Contents:

1. How to delete photos from the iCloud Photo Library using an iPhone or iPad
2. How to delete photos from the iCloud Photo Library using a Mac
3. How to delete photos from the iCloud Photo Library through the browser

How to delete photos from iCloud Photo Library using an iPhone or iPad

During the iCloud Photos option is enabled on your device all the changes you do in your Photos app would be uploaded to your iCloud storage automatically. That is why removing the media files from your Photos app will delete them from iCloud storage and from all your devices where iCloud Photos is turned on under the same Apple id.

There are several possible ways to free up your iCloud Photo Library using iPhone or iPad. You can delete just unnecessary items or delete all your iCloud Photos content and disable the sync.

How to get rid of unneeded items from iCloud Photos using an iPhone or iPad

For deleting unnecessary media files from your iCloud storage you should:

  1. Make sure that you have enabled the iCloud Photos option.
  2. Go to the Photos app.
  3. Select Photos at the bottom of the screen to view all your photos.
  4. Select one or more photos and videos.
  5. When you’ve selected all the unnecessary photos and videos press the Trash bin icon.
  6. Tap Delete items in the window that opens.

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You can find all just deleted media files in the Recently Deleted album during the next 30 days. After that, items would be permanently removed from all your devices set up for iCloud Photos.

If you would rather save your time instead of finding and deleting all unneeded photos manual way use a free app – Phone Cleaner. This app will help you to get rid of unnecessary duplicate photos and remove the biggest media files on your iPhone and cloud storages.

 

How to delete all your iCloud Photos using an iPhone or iPad

You can delete all your iCloud Photos and stop the synchronization to your iCloud account.
To manage this follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap on Apple ID
  3. Select iCloudStorage.
  4. Before removing all the iCloud Photos content check the diagram which visually presents your iCloud storage sorted by content type. Yellow color shows the space taken by photos.
  5. Tap on the Manage Storage button below the diagram and select the Photos section
  6. Tap on the Disable&Delete button.


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You will then have 30 days to undo your actions. In precisely 30 days the photos and videos stored in iCloud will be deleted and iCloud Photos will be turned off on all your devices.

How to delete unneeded photos from iCloud Photo Library using a Mac

After you have turned on the iCloud Photo Library on your Mac the Photos app provides you with your iCloud content. All the changes you make in your Photos app are synced to your iCloud storage automatically.

To free up your iCloud Photo Library using Mac. You can delete just unnecessary items or delete all your iCloud Photos content and disable the sync.

How to get rid of unneeded items from iCloud Photos using a Mac

For removing unnecessary media files from your iCloud Photo Library follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure that you have enabled the iCloud Photos option.
  2. Go to the Photos app.
  3. In the Photos section choose a photo for removing and select Delete Photo in the right-click menu (hold the Command key to select several files for removing).

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All deleted files would be moved to the Recently Deleted folder where they will be located during the 30 days.

If you are a keen amateur photographer and have faced the problem of similar photos pilling up your iCloud storage space you should better solve this problem using a special app – Duplicate File Finder. It is a perfect tool that was developed to help you find and remove duplicates on a Mac, as well as from any external storage source. You can read the complete guide on how to delete iCloud duplicate photos here.

 

How to delete all your iCloud Photos using a Mac

If you want to remove all the content out of your iCloud Photo Library and disable the option iCloud Photos synchronization complete these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  2. Select iCloud.
  3. At the bottom of the window check the diagram which represents your iCloud storage space usage. Yellow color shows the space taken by photos and videos.
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  5. Click the Manage button next to the diagram and select the iCloud Photos section
  6. Click on the Disable and Delete button

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In 30 days after clicking this button, all items from your iCloud Photo Library will disappear and iCloud Photo synchronization will stop working on all your devices.

How to delete photos from the iCloud Photo Library through the browser

You can organize your iCloud media files using a web browser. So if for any reason you want to remove photos from your iCloud Photo Library complete these steps:

  1. Open your web browser
  2. Head to icloud.com
  3. Log in with your Apple ID’s email address and password
  4. Click the Photos icon. There you will see all the saved pictures on your iCloud account.
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  6. Hold the Command key and select unneeded files for removing.
  7. Click on the Trash bin icon in the upper right corner.
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    All items will be moved to the Recently Deleted album on all your devices and will be saved there for the next 30 days.
     

    Conclusion

    The iCloud Photo Library is not like other cloud services. Sometimes this tool may not be as intuitive as we would expect, but it is still very useful due to its main functions. In this article, we have described how to remove unnecessary photos from the iCloud Photo Library and how to delete all photos from iCloud.

    Don`t forget if you want to save time, you can organize your cloud media files and delete duplicate photos with the free Phone Cleaner or Duplicate File Finder applications.


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