[3 Ways] How to Delete All Photos from iCloud Photo Library

Don’t want to pay for extra iCloud space and intend to free up space by deleting all photos from iCloud photo library. In this guide, you will know how to delete all photos from iCloud photo library.

Demi by Demi Updated April 22, 2024
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iCloud, Apple's cloud service, is a robust platform designed to cater to a variety of user needs, including the storage of photos, videos, documents, and more. It combines versatility with user-friendly simplicity, all while ensuring the utmost security to keep your critical data safe and sound.

As many are aware, iCloud generously offers every user 5GB of free storage. Although this may initially appear ample, it can quickly fall short when it comes to accommodating the storage demands of an extensive photo collection.

Want to delete all photos from iCloud photo library?

Different from Google Photos, iCloud saves photos in their highest quality, full-size versions. While this ensures top-notch image quality, it can also lead to the rapid consumption of the initial 5GB of free storage provided by iCloud. Is there a way to delete all photos from iCloud photo library?

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There are a few ways to delete photos from iCloud. Look through them one after another, and choose one as per your needs to delete all photos from iCloud library.

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1# Delete all photos from iCloud photos library on iCloud website

Let’s start with the easiest option, the iCloud website. iCloud website enables you to see every photo you’ve ever uploaded to iCloud. And you can choose to delete selective or all photos from iCloud photo library.

💡 Warm tip:
If you have enabled iCloud Photos on your iPhone/iPad, photos will also be deleted from the devices. To delete photos from iCloud without affecting your iPhone, go to check and turn off iCloud Photos.

Open the Settings app on your iPhone > [your name] > Select iCloud > Choose Photos > Toggle off the switch next to Sync This iPhone. Choose Download Photos & Videos to keep a copy of your iCloud Photos on your iPhone.

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How to delete all photos from iCloud library on iCloud website
Step 1.  Go to the iCloud website and sign in with your Apple ID > Click Photos from the homepage.

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Step 2. Use Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut to select all photos to delete from iCloud > Click the Trash icon at the top-right corner to delete photos from iCloud.

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Step 3. To permanently erase all photos from iCloud photo library, go to the Recently Deleted folder > Tap Select All > Delete to make it.

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2# Delete all photos from iCloud photos library on iPhone

There is a one-click solution to delete all photos from iCloud library, which is to disable and delete iCloud Photos on your device. Similarly, you have 30 days to download deleted photos and videos from iCloud to your device with the “Download and Keep Original” function. Now, follow the steps below to know how to delete all photos from iCloud library on iPhone.

Step 1. Go to your iPhone Settings > Tap [your name] > Choose iCloud

Step 2. Click Manage Account Storage (Manage Storage for iOS 15 or earlier) > Tap Photos > Tap Disable & Delete.

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Step 3. In the pop-up message that appears, hit Delete Photos & Videos and confirm your operation.

3# Erase all photos from iCloud Photo library via FoneTool

To permanently delete all photos from iCloud library in one click, just download and try FoneTool, one of the most professional iPhone managers in the market, enabling you to erase iCloud photos in a more efficient way than ever. Besides, if you don’t want to use iCloud to backup your photos anymore, you can try FoneTool to selectively backup iPhone photos to PC.

The following steps will show you how to erase all photos from iCloud on PC. Firstly, click the button below to get this freeware to your computer.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your computer > Click My iCloud and sign in with your iCloud account > Enter the verification code to confirm.

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Step 2. Choose Manage iCloud > Click Photos > Simply check Select All option to choose all photos on iCloud > Tap the Delete icon at the top of the screen to confirm the deletion.

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💡 FonTool also offers you services to erase all photos from iPhone. If you need a solution to delete all photos from both iPhone and iCloud at one time, just have it a try.

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Hope you have a satisfactory method to delete all photos from iCloud photo library after reading this guide. You can preview and delete them from iCloud website or use a third-party tool like FoneTool. If you are sure you don’t need these photos anymore, just disable iCloud Photos and remove them from your iCloud account. For more queries, suggestions, or feedback, feel free to contact us.


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