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Question: Delete pictures and video from iPhone but keep on iCloud,

I would like to free up some space on my phone and not keep all my images and video (from the beginning of time) on my phone, but keep the bulk of them in iCloud. I have been struggling to find the answer. Please help. 😀

MacBook Pro (15-inch Core 2 Duo), iOS 10.3.3

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Apple does not currently offer cloud-only storage for photos. If that is what you want or need, you may want to explore 3rd party options such as Google Photos or Dropbox.


iCloud Photo Library is a syncing service. Any photo you delete from a device where iCloud Photo Library is turned on will also be deleted from iCloud and from any other device connected to that iCloud Photo Library. You can potentially reduce the storage space required on a device by turning on Optimize Storage. See: iCloud Photo Library - Apple Support

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Dec 17, 2017 8:49 AM in response to christinefromjohannesburg In response to christinefromjohannesburg

Apple does not currently offer cloud-only storage for photos. If that is what you want or need, you may want to explore 3rd party options such as Google Photos or Dropbox.


iCloud Photo Library is a syncing service. Any photo you delete from a device where iCloud Photo Library is turned on will also be deleted from iCloud and from any other device connected to that iCloud Photo Library. You can potentially reduce the storage space required on a device by turning on Optimize Storage. See: iCloud Photo Library - Apple Support

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Question: Delete pictures and video from iPhone but keep on iCloud,