I have an iCloud subscription, and all my device photos and videos are backed up to iCloud. But soon, I also realized that the photos also take up space on my iPhone device, so I wanted to delete the photos from my iPhone and keep a copy of the photos and videos on the iCloud drive. I looked for a solution on the forums, and here in this guide, I will tell you how you can remove photos and videos from your iPhone device but keep them on your iCloud Drive.
Steps to Remove Photos from iPhone But Keep them on iCloud
Here are simple steps to remove photos from your iPhone mobile but keep them stored on the iCloud drive.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Then tap on the Apple ID Profile at the top of the screen.
- Go to iCloud and tap on it.
- Next, tap on Photos.
- Under that, you will see the option iCloud Photos.
- Tap on the switch to disable it.
- That’s it the no new photos or videos will be uploaded to iCloud, and all the content already stored on the cloud will remain intact.
Now there are a few points to know for deletion of photos from iPhone device.
You should have seen two options on the iCloud Photos settings page; Optimize iPhone storage, and the second is Download and Keep Originals.
If Optimize iPhone Storage was selected and then iCloud Photos was disabled, the compressed images may be available on the iPhone;
- If your device has enough storage space.
- You should have not added any media to the iCloud site.
- Only one device is connected to the iCloud account.
If the above conditions are present, photos will be available on your iPhone. You have to manually delete them from your device. If the above terms do not match, then you are automatically given the option to remove the photos from your iPhone. Click on Remove from iPhone to delete the photos from device but keep a copy on the cloud.
Now, if you turn Off iCloud Photos with Download and Keep Originals, then all the photos will remain on your iPhone and also be available on the cloud. In this case, you have to change the settings to optimize iPhone storage and wait for some time for the changes to take place, and then you can turn off the iCloud photos option and remove the photos from iPhone.
Use Alternative Cloud Storage Option
You can use alternative cloud storage options like Google Drive or Google Photos to back up the pictures and videos from your iPhone device. This way, you can upload the media to GDrive or G-Photos and delete the content from your iPhone device, thus freeing up the space on your mobile.
In a Nutshell,
To remove images from iPhone but keep them on iCloud, you need to first select optimize iPhone storage, this will keep a low-resolution image on your iPhone, and when you turn off the iCloud photos, the low-resolution images will be deleted from iPhone while the original high-quality images are still available on the iCloud drive.