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How to disable iCloud Photo Library on iPhone and Mac

How to disable iCloud Photo Library on iPhone and Mac

ICloud Photo Library

If you have little space on the Apple cloud and you don't want to store the photos anymore, you can decide at any time not to synchronize the Photo Library with iCloud. You can choose to completely deactivate the iCloud Photo Library or disable it only on a specific device. If you don't know the procedure, read on to find out how to do it. Maybe you don't want to archive the entire Photo library on iCloud, or other cloud services have caught your attention and you want to transmigrate. Whatever the reason, you have now decided not to use Apple's cloud anymore disable iCloud Photo library not syncing your photos with other Apple devices.

If you are looking for the procedure that helps you do this, you have found a complete guide that can help you not only disable photo synchronization, but also prevent the deletion of stored images.

How to disable iCloud Photo Library on iPhone and Mac

Apple gives you the flexibility you need to manage your synchronized photos and choose how you want to archive them. Therefore, if you want to disable iCloud synchronization of your photos and use other storage services, you can do it without difficulty by reading this guide.

You have two options. You can choose to disable iCloud Photo Library on a single iOS device or macOS or disable it on all devices. It is a decision you can make based on your needs. Below we show how to set both options.

How to disable iCloud Photo Library on a single device

If you want to use the photo storage cloud service but want to exclude a device from syncing, this is possible. On the other hand, if you no longer want to use this feature, you can first download all your original photos and videos on the device and then disable it.

How to do on iPhone and iPad

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

icloud photo setting

Step 2. Now click on Apple ID iCloud Photo.

icloud photo library

Step 3. Next, turn off the switch next to the ICloud Photo Library.

Step 4. At this stage, you are asked if you want to download photos and videos contained in the iCloud Library to the device. You can decide what to do before disabling the cloud storage.

As an alternative to this procedure, you can go to Settings Photo deactivate the option next to iCloud Photo Library.

disable photos from icloud

Also in this case you can see two options:

  • Remove from iPhone: if you choose this option, the photos that have yet to be completely downloaded will be removed from this iPhone. However, these images will still be available on other devices that use the iCloud Photo Library.
  • Download photos and videos: allows you to download all your images. I advise you to select Download photos and videos and wait until they have been downloaded. But if you don't need it, go with the removal option.

Note: on devices with iOS 10.2 or earlier, open ICloud Photo Settings and turn off the switch next to iCloud Photo Library.

In iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, the iCloud Library named as ICloud Photos.

How to do it on Mac

Step 1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac.

Step 2. Now, click iCloud.

Step. 3. Click on Options next to Photo.

Once deselected iCloud Photo Library click Finish.

How to disable iCloud Photo Library on all devices

On your iOS device

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device iCloud ID Manage Space.

Step 2. Now click on Photo and then select Disable and delete.

deactivate and delete photo

On your iPhone with iOS 10.2 or earlier, launch iCloud Settings Storage Manage Space iCloud Photo Library, then choose Disable and Delete.

On your Mac

Step 1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac iCloud.

Step 2. Now, click Manage.

Step 3. Then select Photo Library and then select Disable and delete.

Keep in mind that your photos will be stored in your account for 30 days. After this period, they will be deleted.

To download photos and videos to your iOS device, open the Apple ID Settings app iCloud Photos and select Download and keep originals. On your Mac, launch the Photos app, select Photo Preferences, then check the box next to Download originals on this Mac. This is all there is to do!


iCloud without a doubt the most secure cloud service in the world. Keep your data protected thanks to high-level encryption. Can I know why you don't use it anymore? And if you've found other free cloud services that are worth a try, let us know and tell us the features that attracted you. Of course, iCloud has a limited free storage space, it only reaches 5GB, while the needs we have are much higher. This is one of the reasons that you look at other free cloud services with far different capacities.

If you are wondering if there are solutions to free up space on iCloud e what to do when the backup space runs out on your iPhone, in the following guide we try to answer these questions, helping you to first free up space on iCloud and avoid filling the available space quickly.