Why is My iCloud Storage Full After Deleting Photos?

How to Empty iCloud Storage iPhone
How to Empty iCloud Storage iPhone

If your iCloud storage is still full after deleting photos, there are several reasons this might be happening. Deleting photos on your device doesn't always immediately free up iCloud storage for various reasons:

  • Recently Deleted Album: When you delete photos on your iOS device, they are moved to the "Recently Deleted" album where they remain for 30 days before being permanently removed. Until that time passes, the storage space is still occupied.
  • iCloud Photo Library Syncing: If iCloud Photo Library is enabled, the photos you delete might still be present in iCloud because the library is designed to sync changes across all your devices. It might take some time for the changes to propagate and for storage to be reclaimed.
  • Other Data and Backups: iCloud storage is not only used for photos. It also stores data from other apps, device backups, and other files. If your device is set to back up multiple types of data, your storage space could be filled by other content.
  • Shared Albums: If you have shared albums with other users, the photos you delete might still be present in those shared albums, taking up space.
  • Full iCloud Backup: If your iCloud backup is set to include a large amount of data, it might consume a significant portion of your storage space. Check your backup settings to ensure they align with your storage plan.

Due to the above reasons, you may have to delete photos as well as other data from iCloud thoroughly. So, in the next part, we will show you how to empty iCloud storage.

How to Empty iCloud Storage on iPhone

This part will be divided into 6 parts to show you how to check your iCloud storage and how to delete backups, photos, folders or files, texts and attachments, and email messages from iCloud.

Part 1: Check iCloud Storage

Step 1: Open “Settings” on the iPhone and click on your profile photo.

Step 2: Choose “iCloud” on the “Apple ID” page and enter “Manage Account Storage”.

Open Manage Account Storage
Open Manage Account Storage

Step 3: Check how much iCloud storage you used and the quota of each app.

Part 2: Delete iCloud Backups

Step 1: Enter the “iCloud” page and click “iCloud Backup”. Then, switch off the button beside “Back Up This iPhone” to stop iCloud from creating backups on your iPhone.

Step 2: Open the “Manage Account Storage” page and choose “Backups”. Then, choose your device and tap “Turn off and Delete”.

Disable and Delete Backups
Disable and Delete Backups

Part 3: Delete iCloud Photos

Step 1: Navigate to the “Manage Account Storage” page and choose “iCloud Photos”.

Step 2: Click “Turn Off and Delete from iCloud” to delete the photos from your iCloud.

How to Empty My iCloud Storage
How to Empty My iCloud Storage

Part 4: Delete iCloud Folder or Files

Step 1: Open the “Files” app and click “Browse” in the upper-left corner.

Step 2: Choose “iCloud Drive” under “Locations”, select the 3-dot icon, and choose “Select”.

Step 3: Select all the folders and files and click the recycle bin icon in the lower bar to delete them.

Delete iCloud Drive Files
Delete iCloud Drive Files

Step 4: If you are sure that all the deleted files are useless, open “Recently Deleted” under “Locations” to remove them thoroughly.

Part 5: Delete iCloud Texts and Attachments

Step 1: Open “Settings” and navigate to the “Manage Account Storage” Page.

Step 2: Choose “Messages” and click “Disable & Delete”. Then, confirm to delete the texts and attachments by clicking “Delete Messages”.

Delete iCloud Messages
Delete iCloud Messages

Part 6: Delete iCloud Email Messages

Step 1: Swipe left across the email message to delete it.

Step 2: Navigate to your “Mailboxes” and select the “Trash” folder.

Step 3: For a bulk deletion, click “Edit”, choose “Select All”, and then tap “Delete”. Confirm by tapping “Delete All”.

Precautionary Tip: Backup before Emptying iCloud Storage to Avoid Potential Loss

Before permanently deleting iCloud data to empty iCloud storage, it is recommended to backup some important files or photos to another place such as another cloud storage service to avoid data loss. To backup iCloud Drive or iCloud Photos to another cloud, you can give MultCloud a try. It is a multiple-cloud management service and is professional in cloud file transfer, sync, and backup.

Among various MultCloud functions like Cloud Transfer, Cloud Sync, and Cloud Backup, Cloud Transfer is the most suitable one since it can help you automatically delete files or photos on iCloud after the task is done. This feature can do you a big favor when you follow the guide on how to empty iCloud storage above since you can ignore some operations.

Let’s see how to use Cloud Transfer to move files and photos from iCloud to another cloud.

Step 1: Open MultCloud and sign up for free.

Step 2: Click “Add Cloud” and choose the iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos icon. Then, follow the instructions in the pop-up window and go through the two-factor authentication to let MultCloud access your files or photos. Also, add your preferred cloud to MultCloud with the same operations.

Add iCloud Drive to MultCloud
Add iCloud Drive to MultCloud

Step 3: Tap “Cloud Transfer” in the left bar and choose iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos in the FROM box and another cloud in the TO box.

Transfer iCloud Drive Files to Google Drive
Transfer iCloud Drive Files to Google Drive

Step 4: Open “Options” and tick the option “Delete all source files after transfer is complete.” Finally, click “Transfer Now” to migrate iCloud files or photos to another place.

Cloud Transfer Options
Cloud Transfer Options


  • You can schedule your transfer task to let it run at your desired time or frequency with the “Schedule” feature. Also, if you don’t want to transfer all the files or photos to another cloud, you can select them with their file extensions in “Filter”.
  • If you have a lot of files to transfer, you can upgrade to a paid plan to get more traffic than the free 5GB every month and migrate files with faster speed.
Cloud Transfer Filter
Cloud Transfer Filter


The post gives you 6 instructions on how to empty iCloud storage. You can take up from the first to the 6th and see if your iCloud is cleared up. Besides, if you want to backup iCloud Drive or iCloud Photos to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or other clouds, do it on MultCloud. With easy operations and automatic tasks, files can be quickly transferred to another place and then deleted after the transfer.

What’s more, if you plan to use iCloud in the future and don’t mean to abandon it, you can use MultCloud Cloud Backup instead. After backing up files to another cloud with Cloud Backup, you can also restore them even choose different versions to restore.

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