How to Delete Photos from iPhone but Not iCloud with Ease


Searching for methods on how to delete photos from iPhone but not iCloud? Read this article to get methods of removing photos from iPhone but not iCloud.


Jun. 14, 2017


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Many iPhone users always ask such a question that “How can I delete photos from my iPhone but keep them in iCloud?" Undoubtedly, this is really a question. Sometimes, the photo management on iPhone is confusing and redundant. As time goes by, your iPhone might be filled with thousands of photos, which take up a large part of storage space on your iPhone. However, these photos are important for you that you don’t want to lose them. But, when you trying to delete photos from iPhone, you’ll find that those photos are removed from your iCloud as well.

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Therefore, if there is any way to delete photos from iPhone but not iCloud so that you can still retain these photos in iCloud Photo Library? Actually, there is. This article will show you 3 workarounds that helpful to you.

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Method 1. Disabling iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Library is designed to mirror your library on all of your devices. Once this feature is enabled, everything you do to a photo on your iOS device is mirrored to iCloud and to any other iOS devices or Macs that have the library enabled. This is why you delete photos from your iPhone and find that those photos are also deleted from your iCloud.

So the first and direct solution of removing photos from iPhone but not iCloud is to turn off iCloud Photo Library entirely. You can make it with steps:

Step 1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2. Apple ID.

Step 3. iCloud > Photos > Turn off iCloud Photo Library.

Step 4: Now, you can delete photos from your iPhone.

This is not the way to do it once and for all, if you enable iCloud Photo Library again, the photos you deleted from your iPhone will also be removed from iCloud. So, this method is only applicable if you want to basically separate your two libraries permanently.

Method 2. Backing up iPhone Photos with iCloud Alternatives

If your iPhone storage is almost at a premium, and you really don't want these photos appearing anywhere on your iPhone, then there is another option that is to give up on iCloud's photo solutions and look to a third-party cloud service to backup your iPhone photos. There are many iCloud alternatives such as Google Photos, DropBox, OneDrive, etc. Your iPhone photos can be securely stored in the cloud after successfully uploading, and then you can delete them from your iPhone without removing them from cloud.

Method 3. Sign into Your iPhone with Another New iCloud Account

Another practical method is to sign into your iPhone with a new iCloud account. After uploading your iPhone photos to iCloud that signed in with your old Apple ID, sign out this account and sign in with a new Apple ID. Then you can delete all photos from your iPhone without losing them from your previous iCloud. And you can still access the deleted photos from your other devices by signing in with your old Apple ID.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Data from iCloud to iCloud Directly

When you have two iCloud accounts, sometimes you may want to transfer data between two iCloud. So, in this part, we’ll introduce you an easy-to-use iOS data transfer tool – AnyTrans, which is designed to help you transfer and manage iPhone/iPad/iPod data and iCloud content. As for iCloud content function, AnyTrans supports transferring data from iDevice/computer to iCloud, exporting data from iCloud to computer, and even supports transferring data from iCloud to iCloud directly. And more importantly, this function is totally free for you.

With AnyTrans, you can transfer kinds of iCloud data among multiple iCloud accounts, like contacts, notes, reminders, etc. Here, we take transfer photos for example.

Step 1. Download and install AnyTrans on your computer > Run it and click iCloud Content > Sign in one iCloud account.

Transfer Photos from iCloud to iCloud – Step 1

Transfer Photos from iCloud to iCloud – Step 1

Step 2. Click Add Account > Sign in another iCloud account.

Transfer Photos from iCloud to iCloud – Step 2

Transfer Photos from iCloud to iCloud – Step 2

Step 3. Scroll down, click on Photos, then come to this interface, select pictures you want to transfer, click the button as we show to copy photos from current iCloud to target iCloud.

Transfer Photos from iCloud to iCloud – Step 3

Transfer Photos from iCloud to iCloud – Step 3

1. AnyTrans supports up to five iCloud accounts at the same time.

2. You can also use AnyTrans to access and export data from iCloud backup.

The Bottom Line

Hope this guide can give you a hand on how to delete photos from iPhone but not iCloud. You can choose the best one for yourself. If you have better solutions, welcome to share with us via comment. By the way, if you want to transfer data among multiple iCloud accounts, you can have a try on AnyTrans. Besides, it will bring you more convenience.

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