How to Delete Photos from iCloud to Save iCloud Storage

You know, of all the data stored in iCloud, photos and videos can occupy a mass of space. As the pictures accumulate constantly, many users even have thousands of photos in iCloud, and they soon find the free 5GB of iCloud storage is almost full. Insufficient iCloud storage comes with a lot of problems. The most obvious one is that you are not allowed to create a new iCloud backup. In this case, it is a good choice to pay for upgrading the iCloud storage plan. But for those users who don’t want to spend the money, they can choose to remove some outdated stuff from iCloud like photos you no longer need. If you are not clear how to delete photos from iCloud storage, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we will show you how to delete photos from iCloud on your iOS device, Mac, and Windows PC.

1. How to Delete Photos from iCloud on iOS Device

When it comes to deleting photos from iCloud, we need to talk about the iCloud Photos feature. When iCloud Photos is activated on your device, it automatically uploads your photos and videos to iCloud and keeps them up to date, so that you can access your library from any device and with the same Apple ID. If you have turned on the iCloud Photos on your iOS device, you can simply delete pictures from iCloud within the iOS Photos app.

At this time, the photos you select will be deleted from iCloud Photos on all your devices. But it doesn’t mean these photos have been completely removed from your iOS device. They are just moved to the Recently Deleted folder and will be kept there for 30 days.

If you want to erase the deleted photos thoroughly, you can tap the Albums at the bottom, scroll down to find the Recently Deleted folder. Then click the folder, tap Select and the Delete All option at the bottom permanently delete all photos in this folder. If you change your mind and want to recover some pictures in the Recently Deleted folder beforehand, you can tick them and tap the Recover option.

2. How to Remove Photos from iCloud on Mac

Option 1: Remove photos from iCloud on MacOS Photos app

If you have a Mac, you can also delete the photos kept in iCloud inside the Photos app on your Mac. The detailed steps are as below.

Option 2: How to delete all photos from iCloud on Mac

There is an alternative way for you to delete all photos from iCloud. You can disable iCloud Photo Library on Mac and delete all the photos and videos stored in iCloud.

After that, all photos will be removed from iCloud. No worry, they are still kept on your Apple device, and they are automatically contained in iCloud backup when iCloud Photos Library feature is deactivated.

3. How to Delete Photos from iCloud Storage on Windows PC

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to delete photos from the official iCloud client on your Windows PC. But don’t fret. As we mentioned before, iCloud Photos allows you to access photos and videos stored in iCloud on Thus, you can log in to on any browser and delete pictures from iCloud there. This way works for both Mac and Windows computers.

Same as your iOS device, the deleted pictures will be moved to the Recently Deleted folder, which you can see in the left sidebar of the page. You can select these photos and click the Delete Item option at the top right to permanently delete these pictures. You can also select the photos you want to recover and click the Recover button to retrieve them.

Extra Tip: How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iOS Device

The chances are that you have permanently deleted some photos that you want to preserve by accident during the process of removing photos from iCloud on the iOS Photos app. You can get them back from the backup you’ve made. But what if you have no backup or the backup doesn’t contain the photos you’ve deleted?

Calm down if you are stuck in such an issue. You can use a third-party data recovery tool like Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery to recover the permanently deleted photos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch directly. It also enables you to extract the data you need from iTunes backup or iCloud backup with the current data on your device untouched. Here are how this program works.

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Above all is our tutorial on how to delete photos from iCloud on your iOS device, Mac, and Windows PC. As you can see, it is an easy task. You can choose the method that suits you best according to your preference and needs. We hope you have succeeded in removing photos from iCloud to free up your iCloud storage that is running out after reading this post. If you have any queries and suggestions, please kindly leave them in the comment section.

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