4 Ways to Delete Photos from Your iPhone But Not ICloud

  • You can delete photos from your iPhone but keep them in iCloud by turning off iCloud Photo Sharing.
  • You can also use another iCloud account to keep the previous account’s iCloud photos safe.
  • Another solution is to use another cloud server like Dropbox or OneDrive to backup the photos.

With Apple’s iCloud service, you can share photos across devices while getting an automatic backup in case something happens to your iPhone.

For these reasons, iCloud storage is more permanent than storage on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and can act as a failsafe if something happens to one of your Apple devices.

But there are limitations. The connectivity between iPhone and iCloud means that if you delete an image on your iPhone, it will also be removed from iCloud.

Luckily, there are some workarounds that you can use to delete photos from your iPhone and still keep them in the cloud forever.

Turn off iCloud Photo Sharing

1. start this Ideas App on your iPhone.

2. Tap yours Name (Apple ID).

3. Beat iCloud.

4. Beat photos.

5. Switch off Sync this iPhone by swiping the button to the left.

The iCloud Photos page in Settings for iOS.

Turn off Sync this iPhone to prevent your phone and iCloud from staying in sync.

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6. If Optimize iPhone storage enabled, you’ll see an option asking if you want to transfer a copy of the iCloud Photos folder to your phone. You can choose both Remove from iPhone or Download photos and videosbut no matter what you choose, the iCloud originals remain intact.

Turn off Sync this iPhone on the iCloud Photos page in Settings for iOS.

Tap Remove from iPhone to delete all photos from your phone but keep the photos in iCloud intact.

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There’s one downside to this method: reconnecting your photos to iCloud will update them to match your phone, deletes and all. If you want more permanent cloud backup of your photos, use another cloud server.

Use a service other than iCloud for photo backup

The example below uses Google Photos, but there are other cloud options to choose from including OneDrive and Dropbox.

1. If it’s not already installed, launch the app store app and install google photos.

2. Reboot after installation google photos. The app may ask you to access your photo gallery, so tap on it Allow access to all photos.

3. If you see a pop-up window asking you to access your photo gallery again, tap Allow access to all photos.

4. In the next pop-up window, decide whether you want Google Photos to send you notifications or not.

5. If you have more than one Google account on your phone, select the account you want to back up the photos to and then tap on it save as [name of Google account].

6. Choose the image quality of your backups: memory saver or Original quality. The former reduces the size of the images by reducing their quality, while the latter saves them in their original size and quality – choose the option that best suits your needs.

7. Beat Confirmand Google Photos will start backing up your pictures.

To track the progress of the backup, open the Google Photos app and tap on yours Profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.

The account page with backup status in Google Photos for iOS.

Go to your account page by tapping your profile icon to view your photo backup progress.

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Sign in to a different iCloud account

This option is best used when you want to keep an ongoing iCloud sync with your iPhone, but also want to keep a separate iCloud account with all your previous photos.

1. start this Ideas App on your iPhone.

2. Tap yours Name (Apple ID).

3. Scroll all the way down and tap Deliver. You will be prompted to authenticate that you wish to log out.

Sign out of iCloud in Settings for iOS.

Sign out of your current iCloud account before signing in with another.

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You’ll be asked what data you want to keep on your iPhone after you sign out.

Now you can sign in to a separate iCloud account:

1. start this Ideas apartment

2. Beat AppleID.

3. Your iPhone will prompt you to sign in. The iCloud account you sign back in with is now your synced iCloud account.

Download your photos to your Mac

You have one last option, you can transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac using a temporary storage device like an external hard drive or SD card, and then delete the photos from your iPhone.

1. Connect your iPhone to an external storage device. To do this, you may need a cable adapter such as a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, or a Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader.

2. When connecting external storage to iPhone, you may need to select Trust so that the phone can connect to the device.

3. start this photos App, tap Choose at the top of the screen, then select the photos you want to save to your Mac.

Selecting photos in the iOS Photos app.

Select the photos you want to save on your Mac.

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4. Beat share and then choose Save to Files.

5. In the Files app, tap the external storage device in the Locations section and tap Save on computer.

Saving files to an SSD drive in the Files app for iOS.

Locate the device or folder where you want to save the photos, and then tap Save.

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