(2020 Updated) How to Turn off iCloud Photo Library without Deleting Photos

With the progress of science and technology, iPhone camera is getting better and better. We have become accustomed to using iPhone to record images instead of digital cameras.

iPhone photos will be backed up to iCloud when iCloud Photo Library is on. However, for some reasons, we may need to turn off iCloud Photo Library, and the photos on iPhone may be deleted. In this article, I'll show you how to avoid this problem.

1. Turn off iCloud Photo Library without Deleting Photos on Mac

If you have all the pictures stored on Mac, just make sure that all the contents are synchronized.

  • Open Mac, select photos, hit Preferences and then click on the icloud tab.

  • Select "Download Originals to This MAC" from the options under "iCloud Photo Library", and all photos will be displayed on the Mac.

Download Originals to This MAC

If you have previously selected "Otimize MAC store", you need to cancel this option first, then select "Download Originals to This MAC" and all your data will be stored both in icloud and on your Mac computer.

2. Turn off iCloud Photo Library without Deleting Photos on iPhone

Open your iPhone, find the settings app, open your name > iCloud > Photos, and then click "iCloud Photo Library" to turn it off. At this time, you will be prompted to select "remove from iPhone" or "download photos & Video". Just select the latter option.

download photos & Vvideos

3. Make a Complete Backup for Photos

The most recommended way to keep iPhone photos safe is to make a complete backup first. The best way to do this is to export your photos first. This usually requires an external software. We strongly recommend LazePaw iPhone Data Exporter.

  • Besides photos, it can export almost all types of data on your iPhone, such as videosm notes, voice memos, contacts, text messages, and more.

  • Before exporing photos, you can preview each photo with the trial version for free.

  • It core feature is to recover lost iPhone data. Thus this program could also recover deleted photos.

Here is how to backup iPhone photos with LazePaw iPhone Data Exporter.

Step 1. Open the software. After the iPhone is connected to computer, you will see "Recover Data from iOS Devices" on the left. Click it and connect your iPhone to computer.

choose recovery mode

Step 2. After completing the previous step, all the data types that can be displayed on the screen, and you can choose specific data types based on your needs.

select a data type

Step 3. After selecting the data type, the program will begin the scanning process, and then all the data will be displayed. You can check the files you need and click 'Recover to PC'.

recover deleted iphone photos without backup

In this way, you can freely turn off iCloud Photo Library without worrying about the lose of photos, since your photos are already safely saved on your computer.

By LazePaw Tuesday on Nov 24, 2020, 20:23:33 GMT / Post By LazePaw

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