As you probably know, iCloud offers 5GB of free storage to every user. Even though this might seem like a lot at first, it might not actually be enough to store all your photos.
You can purchase more iCloud storage above the 5 GBs that comes for free with iCloud so as an alternative to deleting photos you can upgrade your iCloud service level:
- 50GB: $0.99/month
- 200GB: $2.99/month
- 2TB: $9.99/month
Unlike Google Photos, iCloud stores photos in the highest quality full-size version that can quickly eat up the initial 5GB of free space that comes with iCloud.
People who like taking a lot of selfies and photos of their pets on a daily basis are bound to see the ‘iCloud storage full’ message after no more than a few months at best.
Apple gives you a chance to buy more storage. Even though it’s not expensive, many people decide not to do this, simply because they don’t feel like they should pay for it.
If you’re among them, and you don’t want to spend money for more iCloud storage, there’s really no other way to free up some space than to remove photos and videos from your iCloud.
There area few ways to delete photos from iCloud, so let’s take a look at them, starting with the iPhone and then the Mac.
If you do have a Mac, it’s much more efficient to delete photos from the Photo app on your Mac rather than your iPhone, so if you have a Mac or Macbook, use that for this task rather than your iPhone.
Deleting iCloud Photos From Your iPhone
If you want to delete photos from your iCloud, the easiest way to do this is to simply delete them from the Photos library on your iPhone. Here’s how to do it on your iPhone:
- Go to the Photos app and tap on the Photos option which is on the lower left, which will show you all of your photos from the most recent at the bottom to older photos at the top.
- Click the Select button which will float in the upper right part of your screen. You may want to start with your oldest photos by scrolling to the top of the screen by tapping once at the top.
- In the top-right corner, tap Select
- Once you have tapped Select you can tap to select any photos you want to delete then tap the trash icon in the lower right to delete the photos.
- Tap on the trash can icon at the bottom-right of your screen and confirm the deletion.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t delete the photos for good. Instead, it just transfers them to the Recently Deleted album.
To completely remove all photos, follow these steps:
- Tap on Albums, which is the second tab to the right of photos on your iPhone.
- Scroll down until you find Recently Deleted Photos
- Tap Select which will select all the recently deleted photos.
- Finally, tap “Delete All” to complete the deletion of the photos.
Now your photos will be completely gone. If you don’t follow this step you won’t save any disk space until Photos automatically completes the deletion of “recently deleted” items.
If you’re looking to delete your iCloud photos quickly without having to manually tap on each of them, this is one of the best ways. If you’re using a Mac, there’s an even easier one.
Deleting iCloud Photos on a Mac
On a Mac, you can delete iCloud photos from all connected devices in a matter of minutes. This is by far the easiest way to do it as it allows you to take advantage of Apple’s ecosystem. To do this, take the following steps:
- Open the Photos app on your Mac.
- Tap the Photos option in the left-hand panel.
- Hit Command+A or go to Edit then Select All.
- Hit Command + Delete on your keyboard to delete all the selected photos.
Note: This is an efficient way to delete ALL of your photos or you could just select photos one at a time to delete in bulk.
Similar to deleting photos from your iPhone, this just moves them to the Recently Deleted folder. You can find the folder on the left side of your screen, within the sidebar, and delete the photos from there by following the same steps. From your Mac’s Photo application simply click on Recently Deleted then click on Delete all in the upper right of your screen.
Unfortunately, PC users can’t do this. Even though you can access your iCloud photos via your web browser, there’s no way of selecting multiple photos at once. You have to manually select each one that you want to delete, which is quite inconvenient.
There is some third-party software that you can use, though. Of course, you should be very careful while looking for the right one. Failing to do this can result in the loss of data and serious privacy breaches.
If you don’t know how to find a good third-party solution, look online to read about the experiences that other users have had with it. If this sounds like too much trouble, you might want to stick with using your iPhone when deleting photos.
The Wrap Up on Deleting Photos from iCloud
Freeing up your iCloud storage can be a pretty simple and quick task if you follow any of the two methods described in this article. It can be done in no more than a few minutes, thus allowing you to keep using the 5GB of storage that Apple gave you.
If you need more space, you can always sign up for other cloud providers, such as Dropbox or Google Drive. This way, you can have a lot more storage and you won’t have to depend solely on iCloud to ensure that your important photos and media files are backed up.
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