Why You Should Disable iCloud Photo Library (& What to Use Instead)

Why You Should Disable iCloud Photo Library (& What to Use Instead)

– Hey, guys. Welcome to another Tip and Trick Tuesday. Today, though, we need to
talk about Apple and iCloud. Is it just me or is
Apple constantly trying to get us to buy more iCloud storage? And it probably makes sense. I mean, if you got everybody just to pay that 99 cents a month, like
all of the iPhones and iPads that are out there in the world, for the smallest addition
of iCloud storage, Apple would make a crap ton of money. Now there’s a newer feature in iOS called iCloud Photo Library, and it’s a big culprit in this now. So, most people actually run
out of their iCloud storage just from backups, right. So, just from having to backup your phone and having multiple different iPhones, and over time, we pretty
much, most people, run out of that storage already. iCloud Photo Library adds to
it in that it basically … The theory behind it is that
it lets all of your devices, your iPhone, your Mac OS
devices, take all of their photos and put them all up into
iCloud so that you can access them from all of them, and
that’s lovely and great. The problem is, is that eats up so much of the iCloud storage. It’s basically, if that
feature is enabled, you’re guaranteed to run out of the free storage quickly and easily. Thankfully, there is a better way. I suggest that you turn
off iCloud Photo Library, and instead use a free service like, say, Google Photos that will
back up an unlimited number of your photos, and it will
do it for no money at all. And you can also access it on a bunch of different devices, et cetera. So, in order to do this,
first, we’re going to turn off iCloud Photo Library by going to Settings, tapping on Photos, then turn
off iCloud Photo Library. Next, we’re going to get Google Photos. So, we’re going to go to the App Store, search for and install Google Photos. It is, again, free. Once it’s installed, you’re going to log into your Google account
or create a free one if you don’t have one, and tap the menu icon at the top left. Then, you can tap the gear
icon to get to Settings, Tap Back up and sync, Turn it on and leave
high quality as the size. Now, with that high
quality setting, as opposed to full resolution, you get
unlimited backup and storage. Now, if you do the full
resolution, it gives you a certain amount, and then
you do eventually have to pay. But here’s the funny thing. Google lists high quality as
anything up to 16 megapixels. The new iPhones, all of them,
the 10, the 8, the 8 Plus, they have 12 megapixel cameras. So, all of your photos would
fall under that category, and they’re all backed up
for free at full resolution because it’s under the 16 megapixels. Now, also on that same page,
select when to back them up. I have it set to cellular data since I have a high-usage plan. But you can set it to wifi
if you want to conserve data. Then go back to the
main Google Photos page, and tap on Assistant on the bottom left, and it’ll tell you how many
photos it has to back up. I highly recommend leaving this page open and the phone plugged
in for the initial sync and then just opening
the app once in a while to make sure that it continues to backup new photos and videos. Now, you can also access
any of these photos on any device by either
installing the Google Photos app on that other device or by going to photos.google.com and logging in. Now, if you want to take
this one step further, and I recommend it, but it’s up to you, I would then also stop
iCloud from backing up any of my photos, as well. I do this on all of my iOS devices. I let it back up everything
else, like the keychain, Safari data, all that fun
stuff, my contacts, all that because it does a really
good job of doing that. But all of that takes
up very little storage. The thing that takes up most things, and I mentioned this in
another video I’ll link below if you want to check that out, is photos. So, with Google Photos
installed on a phone and making sure that that’s
backing up all the time, I no longer need this in iCloud, as well, and this is a quick way to get
a lot of that storage back. To do that, head to Settings
again, tap on your name, tap on iCloud, then tap on Photos and turn every option off. Tap on Manage Storage so
that we can remove the photos from iCloud now, and tap
on Photos in storage. Tap Disable and Delete. Read and confirm what it says, and hit Back and check
out how much more storage that you now have. And then change your iCloud plan back to the free one and just rejoice. There you go. Of course, this may not be for everybody. If you like some of those iCloud features, obviously, you know, that’s up to you, and you don’t mind paying
for the iCloud service, then that’s also up to you. But hope this helped some of you out that don’t really give a crap about iCloud and just want to stop paying it and have an unlimited backup source. Google Photos is just
awesome too, by the way. You can search for everything without ever having to tag anything, It’s pretty cool. But that’s it. Hope it helped you guys. Let me know in the
comments below if it did or other reasons why maybe
you don’t want to do this and some people might need to know that. I think it’d be good
for other people to know why you keep iCloud and
pay for it or whatever. Put that in the comments below. Also, let me know what you think about Tips and Tricks Tuesday. It’s a new thing I’m trying out, so would love to hear your feedback on it. And let me know if there
are any tips and tricks you’d like me to tackle. Otherwise though, if you like this video, please thumbs up it or share it. Also, don’t forget to subscribe. All that is greatly appreciated. And, as always, regardless, thanks for watching. (upbeat music)

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Why You Should Disable iCloud Photo Library (& What to Use Instead)

  1. Mack Rodgers says:

    Damm thanks it works I had the google photos app but I didn’t know how to clear my photos from iCloud storage

  2. Angie West says:

    Does anyone know how to get my photos back into my library from Apple photos or google photos?? I’ve tried everything! I have over 1000 photos so I really don’t want to screen shot each one, please help?!

  3. Dylan Weaver says:

    Google sells your data though. You’re going to pay for photo storage no matter what; either with $0.99 or your privacy.

  4. tony mathew says:

    i hate the new auto sync icloud photo library
    first of call if your wifi sucks u cant view ur photos that u took yesterday and videos
    second if someone hack into ur icloud account boom! there goes ur privacy ! they will get ur pic and videos without stealing ur phone

  5. Swifty Playz says:

    Gotta love google it helps a lot

  6. Tom Alawatte says:

    But can you trust companies like Gooogle and facebook with any of your private information these days?? I cannot.

  7. Evelyn Lamptey says:

    Thanks for that information iCloud are doing my head in about upgrading storage all the time. 👍🏽

  8. DYLAN WANG HONGJIE P6 2017 says:

    When I want to upload videos or photos on instagram it brings me to normal photos . How to make it use google photos instead ?

  9. hermitaage says:

    The I cloud is great and it’s worth every penny for a peace of mind like others said a cup of coffee is more than a monthly charge for the iCloud. No going anywhere.

  10. Saint JimJim says:

    Hi, when you disable and delete the phot iCloud thing, will it delete the photos from my iPhone as well or just the iCloud?

  11. Peggy Bowles says:

    Where do I find google photos and use privacy settings

  12. Terry Cole says:


  13. Fawad Bilgrami says:

    Just that Apple made it really hard for Google Photos to sync in background reliably

  14. Yuanツ says:

    1902 wth

  15. pshyeah1128 says:

    After turning off iCloud backup, should I click remove from library or download photos & videos?

  16. Little Queen says:

    Google Photos is not in the App Store on my imac. ??? It’s only available for iPhone and iPad. Oh well.

  17. Brian Serrao says:

    FANTASTIC…You helped me to FINALLY get rid of the annoying message that says "Need To Update Storage" on my iPhone and iPad.

  18. MysticHydra says:

    I'll just admit it. I hate the cloud. I have utter disdain for it. And Apple's insistence on its usage raises one's eyebrows.

    Granted, this discussion is stale, but the topic remains relevant. I love Apple, I grew up with macs and have always preferred them to anything Microsoft. But this memory shit is almost enough to make me Benedict Arnold and switch.

    They took out the ability to physically add more memory. WHY? I can't express how much hatred I have for the cloud, and it's the only real option, save for a bunch of external hard drives, which is the route I've been going.

    I don't trust the cloud, for one. It's ultra common to hear about people casually hacking into it, and that you shouldn't have anything important or personal on it. Plus, you have to trust that no one from team Apple will ever pilfer through anything. Sure, they have better things to do, presumably, but humans disregarding and invading privacy on any and all levels no longer surprises me anymore.

    Having to be connected to the internet is a huge deterrent. Frankly, I'm often in places where there simply is no internet. Which means I'm SOL concerning using it about 50 percent of the time.

    I hate how integral your AppleID is. It's a giant pain in the ass. Every time. And it makes me feel like they're spying or at least a bot is checking up on things. It's hard to get behind something that has sinister undertones, even if you're paying for it.

    Speaking of which: It's not worth the price as it isn't permanent. Not to mention, SUBSCRIPTIONS are a no-no every single time. I refuse to subscribe to software or the like. I felt equally offended when Microsoft wants money each month just to use Word. I'd like to think these corporations are above such petty and cheap ways to make money, but what I'd like simply isn't realistic. The ubiquitousness of many of these services and applications is basically monopolizing on the situation, and forcing people to pay each month. I'm looking at you Adobe! And all those damn PDF files.

    I didn't mean for this to be quite so verbose. So in summation, I feel mildly betrayed by a company whom I used to adore, but now after years of loyalty they change the rules on us. And we can either succumb or die, figuratively speaking. The memory issue has left a bad taste in my mouth ever since I bought my Macbook.

  19. Vedran Kin says:

    yes Huge help thank u

  20. Columbus Riemer says:


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  23. Katie Rhodes says:

    Matthew Check iRemover Search on Google for it, it works

  24. Jo MacAllan says:

    Use iRemover, google for it

  25. Romeo Paparesta says:

    Just Go to Google and Search for iRemover, it worked for me

  26. aurora sbailo says:

    Go to google and search for iRemover, it works

  27. Journey Clifton says:


  28. Teena Redfern says:


  29. Vito Loring says:


  30. Turtle Feets says:

    I just deleted my iCloud library, because it always showed me unwanted pics from my Mac on my phone. WTF??? I want to chose which albums I wanna see. All my current pics on my phone doesn't show up on my iPad, which would make sense. It kept downloading 8000 pics from 100 years…super annoying! After 30 minutes waiting time on the line, Apple adviser listened to my problem to forward me again to another department. This is so ridiculous, you're so right about it. I paid for many years $5 for me and my wife and it is only bullshit.I'm going to look for another solution.

  31. Arecko Sears says:

    It help a lot thanks

  32. Kevin B says:

    Now going with Google photo which is great… do you still use the $.99 icloud to back up the other features on your iphone? Are there other options ? Thanks

  33. Jery Ori says:

    What happens if it keeps saying “ iCloud full “ when it’s full space on iCloud?

  34. Lynda Washington says:

    I do not trust Google to keep my photos safely. They said you'll never have to delete any emails because of the giant amount of storage that comes with the free gmail account.

    Well, no, you don't have to delete any emails, because Google does it for you. Anything that gets older than Google likes, Google just takes it away–and doesn't tell you. Just, you know, when you go looking for important emails from 2007, you find that the oldest emails in your account are from 2015. I hate google.

  35. Stimson Romano says:

    Thank you, this was a really great review.

  36. Jack Snotty says:

    You shouldn’t be using iCloud at all. The phrase “iCloud” makes spying on all of your personal data very cute and fluffy… Doesn’t it?

  37. Mariann Lamoreaux says:

    Apple is so clever it’s starts with free storage than 1.00 a month the longer you are an Apple customer the more storage you fill up. Eventually you are at
    5 than 10 dollars a month. They are making mint with their iCloud storage. They also found a way to keep you enslaved because after 2,4,6 years of using icloud. You won’t consider switching to another competitor because Apple has all your data on their iCloud server. It’s like they own your data it’s their property if you dont believe me try getting your data off and close your iCloud account. I loved Apple till I tried to leave apple. You can’t just download all your photos and notes off iCloud to your pc. You can request a “copy” of your notes they will send it to you in a Zip drive the only way you can read the notes is if you have an Apple computer. If you use a non apple device they encrypt your notes so you cannot decipher them.

  38. Meejee Meejee says:

    Does this work? I have over 700 items including photos and videos which I pay a dollar a month for. Also I need to make a new Apple ID account so being able to transfer it all would be grateful

  39. DB3 says:

    More aptly titled, Why Buttplugs shouldn’t do YouTube!

  40. Harald Young says:

    While transferring my Photos to Google, The Google App deleted thousands of my photos in iCloud. At the same time thousands of Photos were also deleted in Google. I am now returning to iCloud because it is save.

  41. John Laury says:

    You failed to mention iCloud Photo Library also syncs across devices implying that Google does and iCloud doesn't, but it does. Also, you keep saying Google does it for free when it sucks whatever data it can from you devices and sells that information for profit. With iCloud, you pay for storage, but the storage you get is private, yours, and not for sale by Google, which, for me, and the low cost of paying for storage makes it worth it for me.

  42. Michael Byrdsong says:

    Yeah google does it for free, because they will own your photos once you give it to them.

  43. Michael Byrdsong says:

    Google services suck

  44. Bryan Pham says:

    great, thanks so lot

  45. joeecc joeecc says:

    this is stupid non of this worked

  46. Kevin Leong says:

    What about on the mac? I have like 3 libraries on my external hard drive and I don't know how to do the same thing on my uploads to mac could you help me?

  47. jeffery owusu says:

    Thanks very very much

  48. MrQwerkafleeg says:

    I wouldn't trust Google with my dirty laundry. They are evil and regularly snoop on their customers.

  49. Robert says:

    I get Messages iCloud storage full. But I still have a ton of phone storage

  50. m3t4llic says:

    Don't do this, Google is known to harvest private user data for years now, it is free because they are selling your private data, nothing is free!

  51. Scor says:

    Apart from privacy and convenience, here's one more personal reason for me not to use Google:
    Google services are blocked in Mainland China. Which means that in order to sync or watch my photos, I would always have to use a VPN, which slows things down a lot and makes Google even less convenient here than it is already.

  52. Jian Yong says:

    I like you.

  53. D G says:

    Are you kidding me ???? hahaha Switch Apple for a Google "free"service. NO WAY.

  54. jnmks says:

    i dont even backup my phone anymore 😂😂😂 rip

  55. The Grand Poobah says:

    Solution doesn’t comes until 2 minutes in.

  56. Abby Van Gelder says:

    Thank you So So much!! iCloud Library has made a nightmare and i never knew there was this fix. Already tried it–works great and no charge:)

  57. Sanjeeva Gunaratne says:

    Great advise. Thanks.

  58. Rick Prescott says:

    Thank you.!!!!!!! I don't know much about computers, but I payed lots of money for this iPad pro. I'll be dambed if I give them anymore money. For storage it should have had. In the first place.

  59. F. G. says:


  60. XDVampireXD says:

    Flexing with ur iPhone XS Max lol

  61. EmpireWay • says:

    I have 1000 photos my iPhone by now and ever since I had this phone. iCloud photos have been enable ever since. I’m tired of everytime I don’t have WiFi outside I cannot play a video or load the picture. I want to disable it but it says that if I disable that option all my videos and photos will delete

  62. Jay Aeecee says:

    J Paul Getty said, "I don't want to be rich I just want $1 from everyone in the US."

  63. Valeria Maria says:


  64. Jack Taylor says:

    Thanks so much!

  65. Robert Unknown says:

    How do I put my gallery back to its original form? With high resolution photos and videos before “optimizing storage”?

  66. Catherine says:


  67. Bobo Hong says:

    Many years ago when google first launch the google docs, spreadsheet,.. etc. I felt excited and stored quite some documents there. Not very long later, google announced that due to insufficient users so the service will be changed and certain actions has to be done by user in order to keep those documents. Then I realized ‘Free’ service is not really safe and reliable. Another example is Google Trip, it will be retired soon. Apple is taking your money to provide you the service. Google is providing ‘Free’ service, while making money by user’s data without telling them how they are using it. Google is the real Devil.

  68. Yung N0ck says:

    thank you so much

  69. lisa groves says:

    I have private photos, don’t want them auto saved anywhere.

  70. Ben Roy says:

    I’ve got a better idea for not giving money to Apple, buy an android phone instead 😂

  71. happy water says:

    I don’t care paying iCloud backup, but lately it couldn’t backup.., it said 37GB from photos library to backup.., that need daysss to back it up with not so fast home WiFi… don’t know why it was fast before… maybe I didn’t have the library on??? Just got the XR iphone, network is slower than iPhone 6

  72. happy water says:

    Called Apple asking why I can’t backup, the backup says 7hrs ++++ no one ever told me cuz photo library .., but why 37GB need to be backed up tho When I do backup every few days

  73. Dale Little says:

    My problem has been that everytime I disable icloud photos, the next time I do an ios update, it gets turned back on.

  74. Natalie Holding says:

    thank u so much

  75. •SkyPamPlayz• says:

    Because of iCloud all my photos and videos are gone

  76. _Music boi says:

    So no company is private, They uses photos To Sell to advertisers ? So where can I hide my photos safely without Any company looking st it or selling it

  77. Rachlust says:

    On my iPhone SE i use:

    Google Drive
    Google Fotos
    Google Calender
    Google Gmail
    Google Chrome

    S im sitting here and think… if every Google Application is much better then the apple stuff… why do i have still a iPhone???

  78. Craig Roethler says:

    Great idea, but really only for those who only use their phone for photos. Apple keeps RAW, and TIFF files not just JPG. Not changing.

  79. Rafael Nistor says:

    How can I backup WhatsApp chats without iCloud? ( on iPhone ).

    I can do a backup with iTunes but I have to restore the whole backup of the iPhone. I want to recover just the whatsapp backup.

    There is some bizarre way to look into the backup files of iTunes and find a Database containing whatsapp chats and images but it’s not the easiest thing to do.

    If I need to backup lots of chats with lots of media contents associated to them then I am just forced to use the iCloud space?

  80. ZTZ Explorer says:

    You’re correct that there’s no real difference in quality between high quality photos and original quality. But there’s a HUGE difference for video due to compression. I realized this after a hiking trip with a friend. We dumped our photos and videos into a shared album in Google Photos. I’m paying for original quality while he is not, and the resolution of his videos was horrid compared to mine when viewed on the same screen. And his iPhone was four generations ahead of mine! I like Google Photos over iPhoto because you can share albums with android friends. Also, iPhoto doesn’t allow you to view original quality videos unless you download them first.

  81. MasterBeast509 says:

    So if I let someone get on my account they will see my nudes

  82. dan llesis says:

    Prepare more for icloud than google for more security reasons if in case i should really turn off my icloud i just have to do my backing up manually

  83. David says:

    Can anyone help me, so I had 5 gb on my iCloud storage and need to back up my phone but can’t due to not having enough storage. That is because I had a lot of photos and videos, so after deleting hundreds of photos, I not have under 100 photos/videos. But on my iCloud it still says I have 4.2 gb of photos somehow. Please help me

  84. Catherine Cheung says:

    how to download the photo in the icloud?

  85. Eli- Tech says:

    Thank you

  86. Charlene Johnson says:

    This was amazingly awesome, necessary & thoroughly explained information!!

  87. The Real Real Housewife says:

    Thank u

  88. Antonio says:

    how tf are you using 9 terabytes.

  89. Cynthia Hughes says:

    Hi..I have 3 devices with google photos… Could you tell me if there is a way to delete goggle photos of 1 device without them deleting of all devices

  90. David Madison The Guardian says:

    Wow…. you really know your stuff. Appreciate the video. Liked and Subscribed.

  91. Masha and The bear says:

    Its giving me only 15 gb

  92. Gabriella Maspero says:

    i’m not sure what’s wrong but i recently cleaned out my pictures and i had about 8,000 and now i’m down to about 1,000 . when i try to delete the photos from recently deleted they won’t delete and now whenever i try to take a normal picture it deletes and when you come back later it’s still there. also, sometimes i screenshot something and i doesn’t show in my library?? i don’t have anything synced to i cloud or i tunes either…..

  93. Erik Martinez says:

    thank you for this, helped a lot !

  94. PJmusica says:

    But since apple puts little low res thumbnails of your photos onto your phone, in place of your hi res photos, will your old photos ever be available in normal resolution if you turn iCloud photos off in your phone’s settings?

  95. Nick says:

    wow thanks dude yeh i will be switching back to android apple forces to much personal information and forces you to buy thing you dont really need

  96. Reinhard Schaefer-Rolffs says:

    1st: I totally agree with Preston Atkins… why is there so much Angryness (and even kinda Aggression) in a lot of Comments?
    Most of us learned (depends on da parents) to accept others opinions TOO.
    Lots remember the time BEFORE there was a Youtube, hm?!?
    I.M.H.O… i feel, our ALL World(s) got much richer scince it started. Started…with giving everybody the possibility… to show "things".
    Whatever CRAP, Scientific, freakedOUT, genial or… everyone could also:
    Switch OFF/away in a glimps.
    This Guy's Thoughts about the "iCloud Business" are'nt "wrong or bad"… but HIS.
    And… i believe by his Charisma… HE would let others opinions value respect TOO.
    Essence…. everything (the old "Yin ~ Yang"-Thing) has its opposite Sides. Let us be STRONGER together… by leting our knowledge GROW…by "collecting" the Good AND the Bad.

    Just a Thought, by a not so young Musician from germany… (sorry, if my english grammer isn't that correct!?)… lived next door to "Mister Jones", when he recorded "Heroes" in Mauerstadt [Wallcity] around 1977…

    Back to Topic:
    Thumb UP

    Love, Peace & Grooves,

  97. MattBlox says:

    thanks a lot

  98. Mario Quintana says:

    I just do it the old fashion way tbh. Save up my photos in a vault on my app then download them on my computer then make a copy and put them in a flash drive. And that’s only for pics I really care. Tbh most of my pictures are just selfies or pics of stupid shit that can be replaced in a minute if I lose the flash drive or computer

  99. Omar Ezzat says:

    Isnt google really private and they can share my photos any where? I have private photos and Idk whether to download google photos or just suffer with that 5 gb icloud storage. I have the money to pay these to upgrade icloud storage but I dont have a wallet or a credit card or something

  100. John E says:

    No way is Google having access to all my photos lol

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