Whenever I got to delete a photo, it says "This photo will be deleted from iCloud Photo Library on all your devices." I don't want it deleted from my iCloud Photo Library, only my iPhone 6s. What I want to do is import photos and videos from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro and then delete them from my iPhone. If I import those photos and videos to my Mac and then delete them from my iPhone (ignoring the warning) will they also be deleted from my Mac?

  • Could you just turn off iCloud Photo Library for the phone and leave it on for the Mac?
    – kal-al
    Jun 3, 2016 at 21:01
  • @kal-al I guess I could, but I'd rather use iCloud Photo Library on all my Apple products, if possible Jun 3, 2016 at 21:03
  • grgarside's answer is correct. If you'd like similar functionality without using space on your phone, try a service like Google Photos.
    – Tuesday
    Jun 3, 2016 at 22:37

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iCloud Photo Library's purpose is to unify the photo libraries across your devices. If you wish your devices to maintain separate libraries, you need to disable iCloud Photo Library.

  • Okay, that was what was confusing me. Jun 3, 2016 at 22:02

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