How to reduce the size of your iCloud Photo Library?

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iCloud Photo Library stores your Photos and Videos on iCloud Drive and uses its storage space. You can access all of your saved photos and videos across all devices through iCloud Photo Library.

If you’re running out of storage then you can easily free up space from iCloud Drive by deleting some of the Photos and Videos that you no longer need from the Photos app of any of your device(s).

Another thing you can do to clear up storage on your device is to turn on Optimize device storage in the Settings. What this will do is that it will replace the original photos and videos with device-sized versions while the original full-resolution photos and videos will be safe in iCloud and you can access them and download them any time you want to.

How to reduce the size of your iCloud Photo Library?

To delete photos and videos from your iCloud Photo Library follow these steps:

(iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch)

  1. Open the Photos app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap on Photos at the bottom of your screen.
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  3. Tap on Select at the upper right corner of the screen and then choose the photos and videos that you want to delete.
  4. Tap on the delete icon and then tap Delete Photo(s).
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(Mac)

  1. Open the Photos app on your Mac device.
  2. Select the photos and videos that you want to delete.
  3. Choose Image and then click on Delete Photos.

(iCloud.com)

  1. Sign in to iCloud.com from any browser.
  2. Click on the Photos app.
  3. Select the photos and videos that you want to delete.
  4. Click on the delete icon and then click Delete.

If you don’t use the iCloud Photo Library and your Camera Roll is backed up on iCloud then you can;

  • Delete the Photos or Videos that you no longer need
  • Turn off the Photo Library in the Backup so, the photos and videos don’t get back up and will remain on your iOS device.
  • Manually backup your iOS device via PC and make a backup there and then delete the Photos and Videos to clear space on iCloud Drive.

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