iOS & iPadOS

Hi all, How do I delete data from my iCloud? I'm trying to delete some photos in particular. I've deleted them off my phone but my storage doesn't seem to get any emptier. I would appreciate any advice.



Submitted by Tyler on Monday, May 25, 2020

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

When you delete a photo from your iPhone, it first goes into the, "Recently deleted," album. To clear this album in the Photos app, double tap the albums tab, then, "Recently deleted," then, "select," and finally, "delete all."

You can also view what's taking up the most iCloud storage by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage storage. I have found that backups of old devices tend to accumulate in iCloud, and this view provides an easy way to delete them and get back some valuable storage space.


Submitted by Cowboy on Monday, May 25, 2020

How often do you delete photos and how much space do they take up? I mean if you want to make things easy on yourself and you're sure you want something gone when you delete it then just clear them then. If you think you might change your mind and you're not sure if you should have deleted them then just clear the deleted photos when you're iCloud is full.

Submitted by peter on Monday, May 25, 2020

If you have the iCloud program running on your computer you should see and iCloud Photos folder and/or and iCloud Drive folder on your system. Then you can navigate to one of these folders and delete the photos on the cloud from your PC.

This is also a great way to transfer items from your computer to a specific app on your iOS device.