Delete Photos from iCloud Backup on iPhone or iPad [How-to]

A lot has been written already about protecting your iCloud photos from falling into the wrong hands. As more details about the recent celebrity photo mishap come out, we realize that photos in iCloud backups aren’t safe.

Obviously, we want our photos to be backed up so it’s retrievable in case things go wrong or when you restore the iPhone. But it looks like an iTunes backup should be safer given the problems with iCloud. In view of that, here’s how to delete photos from your iCloud backup.

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Delete Photos from iCloud Backup on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. On your iPhone, open Settings.

Step #2. Tap on iCloud.

Step #3. Now, scroll down and tap on Storage & Backup.

Step #4. Tap on Manage Storage.

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Manage iCloud, Storage and Backup on iPhone and iPad

Step #5. Under Backups, tap on the backup of your iPhone (usually, it’s your iPhone’s name.)

Step #6. Now, turn off the switch for Camera Roll.

Deleting Backups on iPhone and iPad

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Step #7. Head back to Storage & Backup and tap on Backup Now.

The last step is kind of important because that’s what removes the photos from the backup and updates the same. Now, we can’t be sure how effective this is in removing the photos because, with backups, software is set up to hold on to some traces for a short time before they’re permanently deleted.

Deleting Other/Older Backups

Chances are that you have old backups. You might also have backups from an iPad or other iDevices that’s using the same iCloud ID. In this case, you’ll notice that backup listed under the Backups label.

You just have to follow the same steps to clear out photos from these backups too. Again, note that it might take a while before the photos are permanently erased from these backups.

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The Disadvantage

One big disadvantage of deleting photos from iCloud backups is that when you try to restore from your iCloud backup, you’ll not have any of your photos back. In fact, there will be no redeemable copy of your photos from the cloud anymore unless you have enabled Photostream.

That is why, to the chagrin of my readers, I keep talking about having iTunes backup at all times. When auto-backups are enabled, iTunes will backup your iPhone whenever you sync it with iTunes.

That’s all!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


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