iPhone broken, what happens with iCloud?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rchip, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. rchip macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Hey guys,

    My iPhone 6 plus has been smashed :( I'm looking at a replacement through insurance.

    I have iCloud set up, to be honest - I don't feel like I totally understand the system.

    It currently works like this, I take a photo, it uploads to iCloud and I can see them on my macbook in Photos.

    If I delete a photo from my iPhone, it also deletes from iCloud and from photos on my macbook.

    My question is, now that my iPhone is broken, what will happen to these photos? Will they remain on iCloud?

    When I get my replacement phone, will it give me an option to load all of my old data/photos back onto the phone? I do have all the iCloud boxes ticked in settings.

    Sorry for the basic questions, I just don't feel like I have my head around i cloud at all!


  2. StarkCity macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    Yes..... That's pretty much what it's designed to do.....
  3. rchip thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Thanks, it's the deleting of the photos that i wasn't sure about ... is there a way to turn that feature off? So if I delete a photo off my phone it still remains on iCloud?
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    if you turn iCloud Photo Library off, then you have 30 days to download all photos stored on cloud.
    I by far don't find a way to turn it off on individual device without deleting photos in cloud. Perhaps logging out of iCloud would help.
  5. rchip thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Good thinking, still not clear though ... could someone put me at ease in this hypothetical situation ...

    Say I send my cracked phone away to the insurance company, if they refurbish it and sell it again, would that wipe away the photos on my iCloud?
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    I have my one defect iPhone 6s Plus replaced by Apple and all my iCloud photos are still there.
    Hope you grab the idea.
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    For general security/privacy, you probably want consider doing an Erase All Content and Settings on your phone (Settings > General >reset ) before you send it away. Doing that will not erase any of your iCloud data (contacts, calendar, photos, etc).

    When you get your new phone, you sign into iCloud, and iCloud will sync a copy of your data back down to your new phone.
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Wiping the phone isn't the same as going into photos and deleting the photos (or going into notes or reminders or calendar and deleting some entries there).
  9. Longkeg macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2014
    S. Florida
    Everyone on this thread has given good advice. There really is nothing to worry about but I understand that our photos are precious things. For extra peace of mind you might consider backing up your MacBook photo library. Just drag the photo thumbnails from the photo app to copy them to another location for safekeeping. Once you're sure the iCloud copies have successfully transferred to the new phone you can delete them. If you do regular Time Machine backups you already have your photos backed up.
  10. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    Back up your phone.
    Log out of iCloud with everything.
    Erase/restore the phone. Send it off in the mail. Everything in iCloud will stay safely in iCloud.

    When you get a new phone, restore from backup. All will be exactly as it was before.

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