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iCloud: Delete photos and videos to save storage

Delete photos and videos to save storage

You can free up iCloud storage space by deleting photos and videos you don’t want to keep.

  • If you turned on iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device (iOS 8.1 or later) or Mac (OS X v10.10.3 or later), you can delete photos or videos from iCloud Photo Library.

  • If you didn’t turn on iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device or Mac, you can delete photos or videos from the Camera Roll album on your iOS device, so they aren’t included in your iCloud backup.

Delete photos or videos from iCloud Photo Library

Before deleting photos or videos from iCloud Photo Library, you can download them to your computer. For instructions, see Use the Photos app on iCloud.com.

  1. In the Photos app on your iOS device (iOS 8.1 or later), tap Photos at the bottom of the screen, then view your photos and videos by moments.

  2. Tap Select, tap one or more photos or videos, then tap .

  3. Tap Delete [items].

You can also delete photos and videos using the Photos app on your Mac (OS X v10.10.3 or later) or on iCloud.com. For instructions, see Access your photos and videos everywhere with iCloud Photo Library and Use the Photos app on iCloud.com

Deleted photos and videos are placed in the Recently Deleted album on your device, where they remain for 30 days. After that, items are permanently removed from all your devices set up for iCloud Photo Library.

You can remove items from your devices before the 30-day time period is up. On your iOS device, in the Recently Deleted album, tap Select, tap to select one or more items, tap Delete, then tap Delete [items]. To remove photos on your Mac, see Access your photos and videos everywhere with iCloud Photo Library.

Delete photos or videos from Camera Roll

Before deleting photos or videos from the Camera Roll on your iOS device, you can import them to your computer. For instructions, see the Apple Support article Import photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or Windows PC.

  1. In the Photos app, tap Albums, then tap Camera Roll.

  2. Tap Select, tap one or more photos or videos, then tap .

  3. Tap Delete [items].

Last Modified: Jun 11, 2015
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