How to Delete Photos on Mac without Deleting from iCloud

We’ve all been there: your computer won’t allow you to download new stuff and keeps reminding you that you’re running out of space, so you delete some images to free up some space. 

Apple’s iCloud protects your images admirably, but you must be careful not to erase photos from both iCloud and your Mac. Open System Preferences to erase images from your Mac, but not from iCloud. 

To switch off iCloud sync, go to Apple ID, then iCloud, and then Photos. This will remove the photographs from iCloud, allowing you to erase them from your PC but not from iCloud.

Read the article below for additional information on removing images from your Mac but not from iCloud, as well as how to retrieve deleted photos.

Steps to Delete Photos from Mac but Not iCloud

1. Go to iCloud in System Preferences

To begin, open System Preferences on your Mac, then look for an apple icon titled “Apple ID” in the upper right corner. After you click it, you should see an iCloud area. It will take you to the iCloud settings if you click on it.

2. Uncheck the Box Next to Photos

There will be a list of apps that are linked with iCloud. Uncheck the item next to the Photos app. This will disable photos sync. If you erase the images from Mac, Mac may ask you if you want to keep them. Click “Yes” if you wish to erase all of your images from your Mac.

3. Delete Unwanted Photos

The photographs you remove from your Mac will no longer be erased from iCloud if you switch off photo sync. If you haven’t previously done so, you may now remove any images that you don’t want on your Mac. Visit the Apple Support website for additional information about iCloud storage.

Other Options for Optimising Storage Space

Apple offers provide a few storage optimization choices. “Save to iCloud” saves everything to the cloud and only downloads files when they’re needed. With AppleTV, “Optimizing Storage” works in the same way. 

Apple also provides a “Reduce Clutter” feature that allows you to eliminate unnecessary files. In addition to Apple’s built-in failsafe, having storage preserved on an external drive is always a smart idea. 

Store in iCloud

When you turn on “Store in iCloud,” all of your files, photographs, and messages that haven’t been used recently will be saved in iCloud until you need them. You can effortlessly download and utilize files from iCloud, and it won’t take up any space on your Mac.

Click the Apple symbol on the left of the top menu bar to enable “Store in iCloud.” Then select “About this Mac” from the drop-down menu. A little window will appear as a result of this. Select “Storage” from the drop-down menu. 

This will show you how much storage space your Mac presently has. A button labeled “Manage” may be seen to the right. This button should be pressed. “Store in iCloud” will be the first choice. 

This should be clicked. Your files, photographs, and messages that haven’t been used or accessed in a while will be saved to iCloud once you’ve done these steps.

Optimize Storage

Optimizing Storage is similar to iCloud storage, except it works with your AppleTV and recent email attachments. Go to “About this Mac” to activate “Optimize Storage.” After that, choose “Storage,” then “Manage.” There will be an option to “Optimize Storage” from there. 

This should be clicked. All of your previously viewed TV series and movies will be saved to the cloud and take up less space on your Mac once you’ve finished this. 

It will save shows you’ve previously seen or downloaded to the cloud and then delete them from your device. Any material will be available on-demand, but it will not take up space on your Mac.

Reduce Clutter

Reduce Clutter” assists you in sorting through and locating files, photographs, or communications that are no longer required, as well as allowing you to remove them. You will have extra space on your Mac for other things if you clear out unneeded files.

To “Reduce Clutter,” go to “About this Mac” and select “Manage” from the storage section. At the bottom of the page, you’ll notice the option to “Reduce Clutter.” 

When you click this option, it will display all of the programs, documents, and other objects that are taking up a lot of space on your computer. To conserve space, you may then pick what to discard and what to keep.

External Storage

Whether you have images saved on iCloud, your Mac, or both, backing up all of your key photos to an external hard drive is a smart idea. This will safeguard your images if your device is lost or stolen, or if you lose access to your Apple account.

If you don’t have a huge quantity of images to keep, utilizing a thumb drive to backup your photos would suffice. If you need a lot of storage space for your images, consider investing in a large-capacity external hard drive.

Reenabling iCloud Photos Sync

To re-enable Photo sync, go back to System Preferences and choose the iCloud option. Re-enable sync by checking the box next to the pictures app icon. You may have to check in using your Apple ID.

Photos that were previously deleted on photos may be removed from iCloud when sync is restored. You should double-check that no images have been lost as a result of this. You can quickly retrieve images that have been lost.

Recover Deleted Photos

For thirty days, Apple iCloud saves recently deleted images in the trash folder. If you wait more than thirty days, your images will be permanently erased, and there is a minimal chance you will be able to recover them.

If you’re within thirty days of losing your images, log in to your iCloud account and look under photos. Open the “Recently Deleted” album in the sidebar once you’re in photographs. 

Locate and pick the photos you want to save. Click “Recover” once you’ve picked all of the photographs you want. This should bring them back to your iCloud photographs library.

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