How to Prevent iCloud from Backing up or Storing Photos?

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iCloud is a cloud storage service and cloud computing service provided by Apple Inc. It allows you to store photos, videos, contacts, calenders, music, books and much more in the cloud and access them from anywhere on all your devices. iCloud offer features and functions that allow you to easily store photos, videos and much more. But you have to take precautions while storing photos automatically. In order to make sure none of your photos are backup in iCloud, you need to understand how iCloud stores your photos.

Here are the steps to Prevent iCloud from Backing up or Storing Photos:


1. Disable My Photo Stream:

iCloud has a feature 'My Photo Stream' which allows you to sync and store all your photos to your iCloud account. When you take a photo on one iOS device, it will automatically appears on all of your other devices. iCloud can backup your last 1000 photos to Photo Stream automatically. If you want to prevent automatically storing photos to iCloud, then you will need to disable 'My Photo Stream' on every device where you have got linked to your iCloud account. Make sure that you have sign out of your iCloud account completely on all of your other devices.

2. Turn OFF iCloud Camera Roll Backups:

iCloud allows you to backup photos, videos, music and much more. It has a feature 'Camera Roll' which allows you to automatically backup photos and videos to your iCloud account. If you want to prevent iCloud from backing up photos automatically, then you will need to turn Off iCloud camera roll backups. To turn off camera roll backup, open 'Settings' app on your device and tap 'iCloud' and then tap 'Storage & Backup' option. Tap 'Manage storage' located under storage & backup. You will see all detail information about your device. Tap on your current device under 'Backups'. Turn Off the option for 'Camera Roll' located under 'Backup Options'. Tap "Turn Off & Delete" button. This is how you can prevent iCloud from backing up photos.

3. Delete iMessages and Text Messages Regularly:

When you share photos with others in message threads, that will store in the Messages app. So anyone who restores from a backup will instantly have access to those photos. If you want to prevent those photos to get in wrong hands, then make sure to delete those photos from message threads. To delete photos from message thread, go to your message thread, select the photos and tap 'Delete' button. But instead of deleting photos from your message thread, its better to delete your message thread regularly.

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