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iCloud Photos automatically upload, sync all your photos among your Apple devices. It helps as a backup solution; however, it might be eating up your Mac’s storage. This article will show you how to disable iCloud Photos on Mac.
On Mac, the iCloud Photos feature works thanks to the Photos app. If you enabled the iCloud Photos option while first setting up your Mac, it allows the Photos app to store a low-resolution version of all your photos in the iCloud account. It downloads the new photos as well as videos in the background, even if you are not using the Photos app.
Disable iCloud Photos on Mac: Step-by-step guide
You can reclaim the unknowingly lost space by disabling the iCloud Photos feature on your Mac.
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- Open the Photos app on your Mac. You can do this via Dock. OR. You can use the Spotlight Search.
- Then, click on “Photos” from the top menu bar, click on “Preferences”.
- Visit the “iCloud” tab, then uncheck the box that says “iCloud Photos”.
- Your Mac will stop uploading as well as downloading any new photos from your iCloud service. It will continue working on your iPhone/ iPad, however.
- Though you disabled the iCloud Photos service, you can still notice that photos that were downloaded on your Mac are still available.
- In the Photos app, visit the “Library” tab, then select the photos that you want to delete. Right-click, then select “Delete Photos”. OR. Use the Delete key.
- Visit “Recently Deleted” from the sidebar, then click on “Delete All”.
- A pop-up appears then click on “Delete”
Now, your Mac will have deleted all the media from your local storage. If you liked this article (or if it helped at all), leave a comment below or share it with friends, so they can also know How to Disable iCloud Photos on Mac?