How to Turn Off iCloud Photos on Mac

iCloud Photos is a convenient feature that allows you to store and access your photos and videos across all your Apple devices. However, there may be times when you want to turn off iCloud Photos on your Mac for various reasons. Whether you’re looking to free up storage space or simply prefer not to use the feature, turning off iCloud Photos is a straightforward process. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to disable iCloud Photos on your Mac.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

The first step in turning off iCloud Photos on your Mac is to open System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Access iCloud Settings

Once you are in System Preferences, click on the “Apple ID” icon, which is located at the top right of the window. This will take you to your Apple ID settings.

Step 3: Manage Your iCloud Storage

In the Apple ID settings window, click on “iCloud” from the sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen. Here, you will see an overview of your iCloud storage usage and options to manage it.

Step 4: Disable iCloud Photos

Scroll down until you find “Photos” in the list of apps using iCloud. Click on “Options” next to Photos.

Step 5: Turn Off iCloud Photos

In the Photos Options window, uncheck the box next to “iCloud Photos.” You will be prompted with a message asking if you want to download a copy of your photos and videos before turning off iCloud Photos. Choose whether or not you want to download a copy based on your preference.

Step 6: Confirm Your Decision

After making your selection regarding downloading a copy of your photos and videos, click on “Remove from Mac” or “Download Originals to this Mac,” depending on your choice in step 5.

Step 7: Wait for Syncing Process (if applicable)

If you chose to download a copy of your photos and videos before turning off iCloud Photos, wait for them to sync with your Mac. The time this takes will depend on how many items need to be downloaded.


Turning off iCloud Photos on your Mac can help free up storage space and give you more control over where your photos are stored. By following these simple steps outlined above, you can easily disable iCloud Photos and manage your photo library according to your preferences. Remember that once you turn off iCloud