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iCloud: How to delete photos from My Photo Stream

Learn how to delete photos from My Photo Stream.

Learn how to delete photos from My Photo Stream on devices using iOS, from Macs using iPhoto or Aperture, or from iCloud Control Panel for Windows. Learn how to delete photos from shared photo streams.

When you take photos with your iOS device or when you import photos from your digital camera to your computer, iCloud automatically uploads new photos from My Photo Stream to iCloud and pushes photos to all of your other devices.

Similarly, when you delete a photo from My Photo Stream on an iOS device or a Mac, or on a PC using iCloud Control Panel, that photo will be deleted from the My Photo Stream view on all your devices and computers. Each device must be using the required software (see below), and have My Photo Stream enabled. Deletions occur automatically as you connect each device to either Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Copies of My Photo Stream photos you have saved to your Camera Roll on an iOS device or imported into events in your iPhoto or Aperture library, and photos you have copied into a folder on your PC that are not part of My Photo Stream, will not be deleted when you delete photos from My Photo Stream.

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What's required

To delete photos from the My Photo Stream view on all of your devices, you must update each device with the following software:

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.1 or later
  • Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and iPhoto 9.2.2 or Aperture 3.2.3 or later
  • Apple TV (2nd generation or later) with Software Update 5.0 or later
  • PC with Windows 8 or Windows 7 and iCloud Control Panel for Windows 2.0 or later (iCloud Control Panel 2.1 required with Windows 8.)

Note: You will need to manually delete photos you downloaded to iOS devices using iOS 5.0.1 or earlier after updating to iOS 5.1.

Make sure that My Photo Stream is turned on.

  • In iOS 7, go to Settings and tap iCloud > Photos.
  • In iOS 6, go to Settings and tap iCloud > Photo Stream.
  • How to turn on My Photo Stream in iPhoto
  • How to turn on My Photo Stream in Aperture
  • On Apple TV, select Settings > iCloud > iCloud Photo Settings.
  • On a PC using Windows 8, go to the Start screen and click the iCloud tile. Click the Options button next to Photos or Photo Stream.
  • On a PC using Windows 7, choose Start menu > All Programs > iCloud folder > iCloud. Click the Options button next to Photos or Photo Stream.

Deleting photos from My Photo Stream with an iOS device

On an iOS device using iOS 7 or later:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap the Albums tab.
  3. Tap My Photo Stream.
  4. Tap Select.
  5. Tap one or more photos. Checkmarks denote photos you have selected.
  6. Tap the Trash icon. Tap Delete [number] Photos.

On an iOS device using iOS 6:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap the Photo Stream tab.
  3. Tap My Photo Stream.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Tap one or more photos. Checkmarks denote photos you have selected.
  6. Tap Delete, and then tap Delete Selected Photos.

On an iOS device using iOS 5.1 to 5.1.1, open the Photos app and tap Photo Stream. Then do either of the following:

  • Tap the Share icon, and then tap one or more photos. Checkmarks denote photos you have selected. Tap Delete, and then tap Delete Selected Photos.
  • Tap a photo, and then tap the Trash icon to delete the photo.

 

Deleting photos from My Photo Stream with iPhoto or Aperture

On a Mac using iPhoto 9.2.2 or later or Aperture 3.2.3 or later:

  1. Select a photo or group of photos from the My Photo Stream view in iPhoto or Aperture.
  2. Press the Delete key.
  3. Click Delete.

 

Deleting photos from your Photo Stream with Apple TV

On an Apple TV using Software Update 5.0 or later:

  1. If you are using Apple TV Software Update 6.0 or later, choose Photos from the main menu.
  2. If you are using Apple TV Software Update 5.1, choose Photo Stream from the main menu.
  3. If you are using Apple TV Software Update 5.0, choose Internet > Photo Stream from the main menu.
  4. If asked, sign in to your iCloud account.
  5. With your remote control, navigate to a photo that you want to delete. Press and hold the Select button, then choose Delete Photo.

 

Deleting My Photo Stream photos from a Windows PC

On a Windows PC using Windows 8 and iCloud Control Panel for Windows 2.1 or later with both Photos or Photo Stream and My Photo Stream enabled:

  1. If you're using iCloud Control Panel 3.0 or later, from the Start screen, select Photos.
  2. If you're using iCloud Control Panel 2.1-2.1.2, from the Start screen, select Photo Stream.
  3. Double click My Photo Stream to open it.
  4. Select the photo or photos you want to delete. Right-click and select Delete.

Windows 7 and iCloud Control Panel for Windows 2.0 or later with both Photos or Photo Stream and My Photo Stream enabled:

  1. Open a Windows Explorer window.
  2. If you're using iCloud Control Panel 3.0 or later, select Photos under Favorites in the side panel.
  3. If you're using iCloud Control Panel 2.1 to 2.1.2, select Photo Stream under Favorites in the side panel.
  4. Double-click My Photo Stream to open it.
  5. Select the photo or photos you want to delete. Right-click and select Delete.

When you delete or move photos from My Photo Stream on your PC, they are also deleted from My Photo Stream on your devices using iOS 5.1 and later. If you delete photos from My Photo Stream on your device using iOS 6 or later, the photos are also deleted from My Photo Stream on your Windows PC.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Sep 26, 2013
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