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How to Delete Photos from iCloud but not iPhone

Navkiran Dhaliwal

Written By Navkiran Dhaliwal |

Hello, I just got a new iPhone X device with free 5G iCloud storage space. However, I no longer want to share my images with iCloud storage. Plus, is it possible for me to delete images from the iCloud storage but not iPhone within a few clicks just to free up space for other important data?’

A quick answer to the question - Yes, you can delete photos from iCloud without being erased from your iPhone.

All iOS devices come with 5G iCloud storage by default, and images stored on iPhones are usually synced to iCloud automatically. However, if perhaps you're uncomfortable with photos being stored on your iCloud, or you don't want to pay for iCloud space anymore, this article will walk you through how to delete photos from iCloud but not iPhone handily.

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Part 1: Delete Photos from iCloud but not iPhone [Not All Photos]

Perhaps you're looking to save your iCloud storage or you don't want to pay for iCloud space, this method will help you delete photos from iCloud but not iPhone easily. However, you must ensure you've disabled iCloud photos before you proceed. 

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See the stepwise guide to delete photos from iCloud but not iPhone below; 

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and click on your ‘Apple ID’. Then, select iCloud from the new page, click on ‘Photos’, then turn off ‘iCloud Photos’.

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Step 2: Visit and login to your Apple iCloud using your details ‘Apple ID and Password’.

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Step 3: Click on ‘Photos’ from the new page, then select the photos you want to delete from the iCloud and the ‘Trash Bin’ icon.

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Step 4: Users can also delete photos concerning moments - All you just have to do is to select a moment, then hit the Trash icon.

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Part 2: Delete all Photos from iCloud but not iPhone - MobileTrans

Since you’re looking to manage your iCloud storage, deleting images is a great way to make it possible. However, the fact is you don't want to lose all images you delete from the iCloud. In this case, you need MobileTrans to get this job done. 

MobileTrans helps backup or transfer your iPhone photos to computer first before deleting all photos from your icloud, so that your photos would stays the same on your iPhone. As one of the top-leading data transfer tools, you can trust it under any data-transfer cirsumstances.

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There are two options you can try when exporting your photos from an iPhone computer. You can either use ‘Export to computer’  under the ‘Phone transfer option or ‘Phone Backup & Restore’ under ‘Backup & Restore’.

Use ‘Phone Transfer’ to move Photos from iPhone to PC 

Step 1: Download and install the MobileTrans software app on your PC from their official website. Then, launch the app and connect your iPhone device to the PC using its USB cable.

Step 2: Launch the MobileTrans app, click on ‘Phone Transfer’, then select ‘Export to Computer’.

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Step 3: Select the file category you’re looking to transfer to your PC - choose ‘photos’, and click on ‘Export’ to begin the photo transfer process to your computer.

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Step 4: After the photos have been successfully transferred to your computer, eject your iPhone from the PC.

The second option to save iPhone photos to a computer using MobileTrans is by using the ‘Backup & Restore’ Feature. See how to use it below;

Use ‘Backup & Restore’ to transfer Photos from iPhone to iCloud

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the PC using its computer and Open the MobileTrans app > Click on ‘Backup & Restore’ at the top section of the page > Select ‘Phone Backup & Restore’. 

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Step 2: Tick the checkbox next to the category of days you want to backup to your PC (select ‘Photos’ this time). Then hit the ‘Start’ button to begin backup of your iPhone photos.

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Step 3: Finally, once the backup is successfully completed, eject your iPhone from your PC.

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Once you've successfully completed the image backup or transfer with MobileTrans, you can easily delete photos from iCloud, then transfer the photos from your computer back to the iPhone.


There you have it. Now you understand how to delete photos from iCloud but not iPhone. The methods explained above will enable you to delete only photos from iCloud but not iPhone. However, the first method is recommended for folks who are not looking to delete all photos from iCloud.

The second solution using MobileTrans, on the other hand, is more effective, as it allows users to delete all photos from iCloud. Yes, this is because MobileTrans allows backup and transfer of data. Thus, making it easier for folks to save photos on iPhone to computer before deleting it from iCloud.

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