How to Delete Photos from iCloud Photo Stream

Apple’s new iCloud service has launched, and folks are already discovering just how useful the iCloud Photo Stream can be. Without having to set time aside to sync your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to your computer, photos are automatically saved on all of your devices and computers. This allows you to keep copies of each photo across multiple devices, making them safer and less prone to loss due to accidental deletion.

But what if you want to delete photos from your iCloud Photo Stream? You can do this, and it won’t delete the files from the individual devices that have already saved them locally.

Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to reset your iCloud Photo Stream:
How to Delete Photos from iCloud Photo Stream

  • Using a desktop browser, visit iCloud.com and sign in using your Apple (iCloud) ID.
  • Click on your name located in the upper-right corner of the page. It is located next to the photo you selected as your personal avatar on iCloud. If you do not see your name, click the cloud icon in the top left of the page.
  • Click Advanced.
  • At this point, you’ll see a single Reset Photo Stream button. Clicking this button will completely remove all photos on the iCloud Photo Stream. This is a one-way action that can’t be removed later on, so make sure you’ve saved the files locally on your desktop computer and/or mobile devices.

You can clear your iCloud Photo Stream cache locally on your iOS devices and desktop computers by following a few simple steps.

Clearing the iCloud Photo Cache on iOS can be done by turning off Photo Stream and turning it back on. You can do this by going to the iCloud menu in Settings and selecting Photo Stream.

For users of Mac OS X, you can achieve this by clearing cached photos from iPhoto or Aperture. The Photo Stream controls can be accessed in both of these applications through the Settings menu by selecting Photo Stream.

For PC users, you can do this by deleting the Photo Stream download folder. It’s located by default here:

C:UsersApplePicturesPhoto StreamMy Photo Stream.

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • T-jay23

    That’s handy but most people want to delete some photos, not all. When will apple allow us proper access to our photos to delete the ones we don’t want

    • Answer Guy

      I think you’re missing the point with this new feature. It’s called Photo Stream not Photo Storage. The photos you take, good or bad, are streamed or “paraded” by you through the iCloud service on all your iDevices so that you can pick and choose which photos you want to save permanently in a folder on your device. Only the last 1000 photos are visible in the Photo Stream area on portable devices and ALL photos taken on any device are available for viewing on Mac computers. It has to do with storage; more storage on Macs, less so on iDevices. If there are photos you absolutely have to remove from the stream your only option currently is to follow the instructions above. The other suggestion is that if you’re going to go out with the guys and you believe you may be taking compromising photos then turn off Photo Stream from the iCloud settings. Any photos taken with this feature turned off will not be streamed even after turning on Photo Stream with the photos still in your camera roll.

  • T-jay23

    That’s handy but most people want to delete some photos, not all. When will apple allow us proper access to our photos to delete the ones we don’t want

    • Answer Guy

      I think you’re missing the point with this new feature. It’s called Photo Stream not Photo Storage. The photos you take, good or bad, are streamed or “paraded” by you through the iCloud service on all your iDevices so that you can pick and choose which photos you want to save permanently in a folder on your device. Only the last 1000 photos are visible in the Photo Stream area on portable devices and ALL photos taken on any device are available for viewing on Mac computers. It has to do with storage; more storage on Macs, less so on iDevices. If there are photos you absolutely have to remove from the stream your only option currently is to follow the instructions above. The other suggestion is that if you’re going to go out with the guys and you believe you may be taking compromising photos then turn off Photo Stream from the iCloud settings. Any photos taken with this feature turned off will not be streamed even after turning on Photo Stream with the photos still in your camera roll.

  • Dave D

    Thank You! This article was right on time. Worked like a charm!

  • Dave D

    Thank You! This article was right on time. Worked like a charm!

  • guest

    There should absolutely be a feature allowing individual photo deletion and alteration…the “one, none, or all” option is archaic and contributes nothing to being user friendly…I’m very surprised this is even an issue…managing photographs is a basic function in disposable digital cameras…the iCloud should be no different…

  • assiprinz

    Because Apple has a “good” autocorrect feature ;)

  • mirkammom

    hahahahahahahaha – now that’s funny @assiprinz!