How to Delete Photos from iPad but Not Other Devices: A Step-by-Step Guide

To delete photos from your iPad but not from other devices, you need to disable iCloud Photo Library on your iPad first. This way, any changes you make on your iPad won’t affect your other devices. Here’s a quick rundown: turn off iCloud Photo Library, delete the photos from your iPad, and keep your other devices’ photos intact.

How to Delete Photos from iPad but not other Devices

This tutorial will guide you through the process of deleting photos from your iPad without affecting your other Apple devices. By the end of these steps, your iPad will be free of unwanted photos, while your other devices will retain all of them.

Step 1: Turn Off iCloud Photo Library

First, open the Settings app on your iPad.

By turning off iCloud Photo Library, you stop the photos on your iPad from syncing with your other Apple devices. This way, you can delete them without worry.

Step 2: Navigate to Photos

Scroll down and tap on the “Photos” option.

This will take you to the settings for your photos, allowing you to make changes specific to how your photos are managed on your iPad.

Step 3: Disable iCloud Photos

Toggle off the switch next to “iCloud Photos.”

Turning off this switch ensures that any photo you delete on your iPad will not be removed from your other devices using the same Apple ID.

Step 4: Delete Photos from Your iPad

Open the Photos app and select the photos you want to delete. Tap the trash icon to remove them.

Since iCloud Photo Library is off, these deleted photos will only be removed from your iPad and not from your other devices.

Step 5: Confirm Deletion

A prompt will ask you to confirm the deletion. Tap “Delete Photos.”

This final step ensures that the selected photos are permanently removed from your iPad.

Once you complete these steps, the photos will be deleted from your iPad but will remain on your other devices. This is because turning off iCloud Photos stops the syncing process, isolating the changes to just your iPad.

Tips for Deleting Photos from iPad but not other Devices

  • Disable iCloud Photos: Always make sure iCloud Photos is turned off before deleting photos to prevent accidental deletion across all devices.
  • Backup Before Deleting: Make sure you have a backup of your photos somewhere other than your iPad, like an external drive or another cloud service.
  • Check Storage: Review your iPad’s storage settings to understand how much space your photos are taking up and how much will be freed by deleting them.
  • Review Albums: Don’t forget to check and delete photos from different albums like Recently Deleted, Screenshots, and Downloads.
  • Keep Other Devices Updated: Ensure that your other devices have completed their last sync before you turn off iCloud Photos on your iPad.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I turn off iCloud Photos?

Turning off iCloud Photos stops the syncing of photos across your devices. Any changes made on your iPad will not affect your other devices.

Can I turn iCloud Photos back on after deleting photos?

Yes, you can turn iCloud Photos back on at any time, but be aware that doing so may sync your photo library again.

Will the photos be deleted from iCloud?

No, photos will not be deleted from iCloud if you disable iCloud Photos on your iPad before deleting them.

Can I still use other iCloud services?

Yes, turning off iCloud Photos does not affect other iCloud services like Mail, Contacts, or Calendar.

Is there another way to save space without deleting photos?

You can optimize storage by selecting “Optimize iPad Storage” in the Photos settings, which stores smaller versions of photos on your device and keeps the original size in iCloud.


  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Go to Photos.
  3. Turn off iCloud Photos.
  4. Open Photos app and select photos.
  5. Tap trash icon and confirm deletion.


Deleting photos from your iPad while keeping them on other devices is a handy trick to manage storage effectively. By disabling iCloud Photo Library before you delete, you ensure your photos stay safe in iCloud and on other Apple devices. This process is straightforward and doesn’t require any special technical skills, just a bit of caution to make sure you’re only removing what you intend to.

For further reading, you can explore more about iCloud settings and how to manage storage on Apple’s official support site. If you ever find yourself needing more space on your iPad, or just a cleaner photo library, these steps should be your go-to guide. Happy organizing!

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