I have an iPhone, and MacBook Air. If I delete a photo off of my iPhone, will this delete across all devices, or is there a way to only save in the cloud?

Edit: I am using iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and I am using iCloud across devices.


You didn't say what version of iOS or macOS you're using nor did you mention if you used iCloud or not. This answer applies to the latest versions of all those.

If you are currently using iCloud to sync your photos across devices, once you delete a photo on any of those devices, it will also delete on iCloud. Here is an Apple site about iCloud and how to use it.

iCloud is a syncing system designed to give you access to all your content regardless of what device you're using.

If you want to delete the photo from your device but keep it in a cloud solution, you need to use a 3rd-party cloud service. Services such as Dropbox or Onebox can be used as a backup/storage solution.

  • I guess the real answer I was looking for is that to save the photos somewhere and delete them on my iPhone and Mac, I need to save them all to Dropbox. – Brian Jan 20 '17 at 1:06
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    If your reason for removing photos is to save space, you can take advantage of Apple's iCloud Photo Library's feature to save the original, full-res versions in the cloud, while saving a much smaller lower-res version on your iPhone or Mac. This feature kicks in when space is running low, and it starts with the photos and videos you access least. See support.apple.com/en-us/HT204264 for more info. – Christian Boyce Jan 20 '17 at 3:40

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