Due to what seems to be a very unusual bug, the storage counter for my iCloud account is stuck thinking that I have occupied more Photos storage than I really have. I was briefly in contact with Apple support, and I want to empty iCloud of photos and videos completely (basically down to 0 bytes). I want to do this to make sure that the storage usage is properly calculated.
After deleting all Photo/Video content in iCloud, I then want to restore the photos, videos, and preferably also all meta data (dates, folders, locations…) in its entirety.
Question: What would be the suggestible way to accomplish this?
I have Photos on my iMac set to "Download and keep all originals". Can I simply make a backup of
Photos Library.photoslibrary, then go to iCloud.com and delete everything in the "Photos app", and somehow restore everything from the
I want to be absolutely sure that everything on iCloud is properly saved and restored. Even if that means that I have to download everything from iCloud.com – in case that the
photoslibrary file for some discrepant reason may be incomplete relative to what's actually in iCloud.