Why are my iCloud pics being deleted?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Dopeyman, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2005
    Los Angeles!
    When I delete a photo from my iPhone (6+ if it matters) running 8.1.3 it also gets deleted from the cloud.

    I was under the assumption that the cloud was supposed to store everything, regardless if I delete it from my phone or not?? That's why I purchased the extra storage.

    Is this normal or is one of my settings not set right?
  2. rangen macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2011
    If you are using iCloud Photo Beta, and you delete a photo from any device, be it Mac, iPad or iPhone, it will be deleted from iCloud. The same principle applies to adjustments, they are replicated across all the devices, including in the cloud.
  3. Dopeyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2005
    Los Angeles!
    These are my settings.. Anything I should change? I don't want the pics/videos to be deleted from the cloud when I delete it from my phone. Thanks!!

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  4. Vejper macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2014
    Either you turn off the cloud sync or keep it on, first alternative will stop the syncing of photos from your phone and the second alternative will delete it everywhere when you delete it from your phone.

    If you want the cloud sync then the only way to get them to take up less space on the device is to use the optimized storage which you already have chosen.
  5. Dopeyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2005
    Los Angeles!
    I understand what you're saying but I don't want the pics or videos to be deleted from the cloud whenever I delete them from my phone.

    And I've been getting the "not enough space" alert recently cause I only have a 16gb iPhone and iOS 8 takes up a major chunk of it.
  6. reese2147 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    iCloud photo library is a **syncing** service, it is not true cloud "storage". iCloud is not able to provide you what you are looking for, I suggest trying a different solution like OneDrive.
  7. jg321 macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2012
    It sounds like you need to enable the "Optimise device storage" option in settings.

    See: http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204264
  8. mjdindc macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2015
    Try Dropbox or something

    I have started using Dropbox and Carousel to back up my pics on the iPhone. This takes a LOT less storage space on your phone and give you a backup that you can manipulate location on a lot better. I was hoping the new Photo app would allow more flexibility but it doesn't appear to.
  9. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    iCloud Photo Library works in a modern way just like IMAP email is done in Gmail, iCloud, Outlook, etc. When you delete an email from the web version, it deletes it from your phone and everywhere else too. Delete it from your phone and it deletes from your Mac and the web too. Move a photo or create an album and all those changes are smartly reflected on every device.

    It's a real library manager. You no longer have to remember what you did on any particular device or have to deal with all the inconsistent behavior with multiple different libraries on multiple different devices.

    If you want just simple storage or backup you can use something like Dropbox or Google+ but these options don't actually keep your library in sync and can't handle nondestructive edits across your devices.

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