Why Is My iCloud Storage Full after Deleting Photos [Fixed!]

I recently deleted a large number of photos from my iCloud, but it seems that my storage is still showing as full. Can anyone explain why this is happening and suggest a solution to free up more space?

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Gorilla· Answered on Jun 28, 2024

If your iCloud storage remains full after deleting photos, there could be a few reasons for this:

Recently Deleted Items: Deleted photos may still be in your "Recently Deleted" album, taking up storage space. Make sure to permanently delete these photos to free up space.

Other Data: Your iCloud storage may be filled with other types of data such as videos, documents, or app backups. Consider reviewing and removing unnecessary files to create more space.

Shared Albums: Photos shared with others through shared albums may still be taking up space in your iCloud storage. You may need to remove shared albums or ask others to delete photos.

iCloud Photo Library Settings: Check your iCloud Photo Library settings to ensure that optimize storage is enabled. This will store full-resolution photos and videos in iCloud while keeping smaller versions on your device to save space.

iCloud syncing issues: Sometimes, iCloud may not immediately reflect the changes you make, and it may take some time for the deleted photos to be fully removed from your storage.

By addressing these factors and managing your iCloud storage effectively, you should be able to free up space even after deleting photos. If it's still not working, try the following troubleshooting:

  • Check the "Recently Deleted" album in your iCloud Photo Library and permanently delete the photos from there.
  • Review and delete any unnecessary data like old backups, documents, and app data from your iCloud storage.
  • Wait for some time to see if the storage space updates after deleting the photos.
  • If the issue persists, consider upgrading your iCloud storage plan or contacting Apple support for further assistance.

Is there any other perfect solution to backup or store 1000+ photos other than iCloud?

Yes, of course. In addition to the Apple native cloud storage services, you can directly transfer photos from your iPhone to computer for backup. This invloves a third-party iPhone data transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover, which is able to seamlessly transfer 1000+ photos from iPhone to PC or Mac with one-click in a few minutes.

Let's see how does it work efficiently:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with USB cable and then launch the software.

Step 2. In the MobiMover, choose "Phone to PC" and click the "Next" button to continue.

Step 3. Choose "Pictures" from the displayed data categories. You can also transfer other files together to free up iPhone space or for backup. 

Step 4.  Then click the "Transfer" button to start transferring photos from iPhone to computer. Wait patiently for the process to finish and then go to check the exported items.

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