How to Turn Off Icloud Photos on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of having your iCloud Photos constantly syncing on your Mac? Do you want to turn off this feature for various reasons?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to turn off iCloud Photos on your Mac. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple logo located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Access iCloud Settings

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Apple ID” icon.

Note: If you are using an older version of macOS, you may find “iCloud” instead of “Apple ID”. Click on it to access the iCloud settings.

Step 3: Turn Off iCloud Photos

In the Apple ID (iCloud) settings window, you will see a list of all the apps and features that are associated with your iCloud account. Look for “Photos” and click on it.

Option 1: Disable Entire iCloud Photo Library

If you want to completely turn off all syncing related to iCloud Photos, uncheck the box next to “iCloud Photo Library”. A confirmation message will appear asking if you want to download a copy of your photos and videos. You can choose whether or not to keep a local copy before turning off iCloud Photo Library.

Option 2: Disable My Photo Stream

If you only wish to disable My Photo Stream and keep using iCloud Photo Library for syncing other albums and features, uncheck the box next to “My Photo Stream”. This will prevent new photos from being added to My Photo Stream on your Mac.

Option 3: Disable iCloud Photos on Mac Only

If you want to disable iCloud Photos only on your Mac and keep it enabled on other devices, click on the “Options” button next to “Photos”. In the Photos Options window, uncheck the box next to “My Photo Stream”. This will stop your Mac from syncing new photos added to My Photo Stream, but it will continue syncing other albums and features associated with iCloud Photo Library.

Step 4: Confirm Your Choice

After selecting the desired option, click on the “Done” button to confirm your choice and exit the iCloud Photos settings.


Congratulations! You have successfully turned off iCloud Photos on your Mac. Whether you decided to disable the entire iCloud Photo Library or just My Photo Stream, this tutorial has provided you with step-by-step instructions.

Now you can enjoy more control over your photo syncing preferences. Feel free to revisit these settings anytime if you wish to enable iCloud Photos again or make any further changes.

Note: Disabling iCloud Photos does not delete any existing photos from your Mac or other devices. It only stops syncing new additions or changes made in the future.

Additional Tips:

  • If you want to access your photos offline after turning off iCloud Photos, consider creating a backup of your library using external storage devices like external hard drives or USB flash drives.
  • If you decide to turn off iCloud Photos temporarily but want to keep specific albums synced, make sure those albums are stored locally on your Mac and not just in the cloud. This way, they will remain accessible even when disconnected from iCloud.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of turning off iCloud Photos on your Mac. Now you can take control of your photo syncing preferences and enjoy a clutter-free experience on your device.

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