How To Delete Photos On Mac Without Deleting From Icloud?

Apple is known for syncing your photos and pictures with iCloud storage by default. As both the devices are synced together if you delete a photo or a picture in your Photos app, you’ll also delete the file automatically on iCloud Storage. However, this issue can be resolved with some simple steps and measures. 

You can delete photos on a Mac device without deleting them from iCloud by following some simple tasks on your Mac. By following these steps, it will unsync iCloud Storage from your Photos app, allowing you to delete the pictures on your Mac device without affecting the photos which are stored in the iCloud Storage section.

Let us walk you through the entire process step by step and check out some of the helpful tips and tricks on how to clear the storage on your iCloud account along with some tips to restore the deleted files. Let’s begin!!!


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How to delete photos from Mac without deleting them from iCloud?

To perform this thing, you simply follow the steps given below:-

On your Mac device, select System Preferences, which can be easily found by clicking on the Apple logo.

System Preferences

After that, choose the iCloud tab placed on the left side.

iCloud AccountNow, uncheck the Photos app from the options.

Uncheck Photos app

You may be asked to re-enter your Password for verification.

Once this gets done, you would be allowed to delete photos from your Mac device without even deleting them from your iCloud Storage. 

After doing this,  your iCloud Storage would be fully disconnected from your Mac device which would allow you to delete photos from your Mac devices only and they wouldn’t get deleted on your iCloud account.

How to recover a deleted photo?

Now, there are some chances that you may have deleted a photo that you now want back. We all sometimes face this situation. To get that photo back on your Mac device, click on the “recently deleted” option and click on the photo which you want to restore on your Mac device. There would be an option below named Restore, by clicking on that you would get your photo back.

Restore Deleted Photos

Also, you must ensure that you can restore your deleted photos on your Mac device within 30 Days until they’re permanently deleted.

How to clear storage in iCloud?

When we save multiple photos, understandably, it would consume a lot of storage space which is why you would need to clear some storage space for other files. To do that, you can try these simple methods:

  • You can purchase the premium version of iCloud Storage which signifies that you would be buying additional storage space for your iCloud account
  • You can also try to clear storage space by deleting all the unessential files or folders that you don’t need on your Mac. This could include all the emails, messages, pictures, documents, and much more that are not needed anymore.
  • You can also disable certain data like Messages and Emails from being saved by going to Settings > Tapping on your name on your Apple Account (placed at the top of the screen) > iCloud option. From here, you can turn off any data that you want to unsync from iCloud.

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How to check how much space is left in your iCloud storage?

On your iPhone device, you can check the remaining storage space by going to Settings app >Tapping on your name on your Apple Account (placed at the top of the screen) > iCloud option.

From here, you’ll be presented with a graph displaying how much storage space you’ve left and what kind of data is consuming the most space on your iCloud account. 

Storage Space in iCloud Account

How to organize photos in your iCloud account?

After your photos and videos have been saved in your iCloud account it is possible that it would get quite difficult for you to organize or handle your files and search through them to find what you are looking for. You can manage your photos by creating albums on your iCloud account. 

To create an album on your iCloud account, simply follow these steps which are given below:- 

On the Photos tab of your iCloud Account, choose the + icon and then select the New Album option.

Now, enter the name of the album and click on OK to confirm your choice.

Create Albums in iCloud Account

  • To add your photos, you just need to choose the photos or videos which you want to add to your album and then press the + icon.
  • Select the album you would like to move your photo or video in and then it would happen.

Through these steps, you can organize all your photos or videos in your iCloud Account. 

Options to optimize your storage space

There are some other options for you to optimize your storage space in iCloud. Store in iCloud is one such option where you save all the files in your iCloud account and only download things as needed. Apple also has reduced clutter which helps you delete unwanted files.

Optimize storage does a similar thing as storing your files in the iCloud but with your AppleTV and email attachments. To enable this, you would need to go to About This Mac option > then, click on storage> manage> and, Optimize Storage option. Once this is completed, your previously watched shows or movies will get saved in your iCloud account.

External Storage – If you have your data stored in your iCloud account, it is always good to save your data in an external hard drive or other external storage devices in case you lose all your important data, you get locked, or if your device even gets broken.

How to reenable iCloud photo sync?

To reenable sync for Photos,  you would need to repeat what you did to close it. You will need to go to the System Preferences option in the iCloud section again and recheck the photos box which would reenable the sync option. You may need to log in again with your Apple ID.

Sometimes when sync is restored, previously deleted photos on the Photos app can also be deleted from your iCloud account. So, you have to cross-check that you haven’t lost any important data or photos due to this feature. If you’ve lost some data, unfortunately, try to recover them instantly within 30 days.

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