I want to remove the photo library from my mac as it is taking up 25.4GB of space but I want to keep all of the photos on the iCloud so they are accessible from my other devices.

I saw in the settings that there is a Disable and Delete button but I am under the assumption that it will remove all the images from my iCloud too?

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You can turn off iCloud Photo Library on your Mac by following the steps in this Apple support doc: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204570. I always backup my photos first, just in case I make a mistake. If this is an option for you then I recommend doing the backup before you make any changes.

  • On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud > Options next to Photos
  • Deselect iCloud Photo Library

This will stop photos from syncing to your Mac. As you've seen, do not select Disable and Delete from this same menu as it will delete your photos from every device.

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    Once I've done that am I safe to delete the existing photos from my Mac?
    – Vince P
    Sep 6, 2016 at 15:32

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