4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 12, 2013 11:31 AM by randers4
billbir Level 1 (0 points)

I know that this subject has been discussed before, but I need some clarification, as I do not wish to inadvertently delete any photos from my Library. I have set up (ticked), within iCloud Preferences for My Photo Stream, Automatic import to Event, Photos, Faces and Places, and Automatic upload to My Photo Stream. I have an iMac i5, 2 iPhones an iPad and iPad Mini. Photos on these devices are taking up too much space and need to be thinned, periodically. Am I correct in thinking that, as I have ticked Automatic Import to Events etc., that I cannot inadvertently delete photos from my devices and the iMac. The reason that I ask, is that every time, I go to delete from, say the Photostream, I get a message that this will be removed from all devices and cannot be recovered. My iMac is clearly my main library and I want to be sure that it is definitive and not affected by deletions from the devices, Can someone please confirm that my understanding is correct, or not, or advise me how I can ensure that I do not accidently delete any photos.

iPhone 5s, iOS 5.1
  • pvonk Level 6 (13,722 points)

    On the iMac, move the photos from the photo stream album into another permanent album.  You can delete photos from the photo stream album and that will delete them from the stream servers. 

  • randers4 Level 9 (62,715 points)

    If you have selected automatic import in iPhoto>Preferences>iCloud (Photo Stream), the photos stream photos are copied to your events and will not be deleted when you delete them from photo stream on your devices, provided your Mac has had time to import the photo.


    You can test this yourself by taking a test photo, the giving it a few minutes to import to your Mac, then delete it from your device and confirm that it remains in your photo stream event in iPhoto.

  • billbir Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for both replies. Randers4 yours was exactly what I wanted to hear. I did what you suggested and the photo remained on my iMac but was deleted from my devices. Using this process relieves me of the worry of losing photos through deletion via devices.

  • randers4 Level 9 (62,715 points)

    You're welcome.