How to Find and Delete Duplicate Photos in iCloud [Easy & Quick]

Clare Phang
Last updated: Jul 6, 2023
Summary: This post will teach you how to delete duplicate photos in iCloud step by step in 3 different ways. Just keep reading.

With too many iCloud Photos duplicates taking up your iCloud storage space, it's necessary to find and delete them.

In this post, you'll get 3 easy ways to delete duplicate photos on iCloud:

  1. Using iCloud duplicate photos finder and remover - BuhoCleaner.
  2. Using the Photos app.
  3. Manually find and delete iCloud Photos duplicates with Finder.

Read on to catch each method in detail.

Find and Delete Duplicate Photos in iCloud

How to Delete Duplicate Photos in iCloud

Does iCloud Photos Detect/Check Duplicates?

Although there will be a popup message "Duplicate photo" when you upload the exact duplicate photos, iCloud Photos cannot detect/check duplicates you sync with iCloud from your iPhone and Mac.

iCloud Duplicate Photo Popup

Also, it cannot detect/check near-duplicates(slight difference in size, resolution, formats, metadata, etc., but name excluded)/similar photos.

This makes it hard to clear iCloud storage for users who often get duplicate photos.

But don't worry. There are still some other ways that work well to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud. The 3 most easy and effective ways will be introduced below.

Tip
Want to check how much space Photos take in iCloud? For Mac: System Settings>Apple ID>iCloud. For iPhone: Settings>Apple ID>iCloud>Manage Account Storage.
Check iCloud Storage on Mac

How to Find and Delete Duplicate Photos in iCloud Quickly with BuhoCleaner

The quickest and easiest way to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud is to use BuhoCleaner, a professional and powerful duplicate photo finder.

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With it, all the duplicate photos, files, videos, etc can be found and deleted easily within minutes. All you need to do is one click. Besides PhotoLibrary, Home Folder, and Music Folder, choosing a custom folder is also available.

BuhoCleaner allows you to view the number of duplicate photos clearly. In addition, it offers you more surprising features like similar photos (near-duplicates) finder, junk files cleaner, app uninstaller, etc.

Here is how to use this duplicate photos finder to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud:

  • Before finding and deleting duplicate photos, make sure you enable the iCloud sync feature:
  1. Open Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click Photos MenuSettingsiCloud>check iCloud Photos.
Enable iCloud Photos

After you enable this feature, the change you make in PhotoLibrary will also sync with iCloud. It's very convenient.

  • Now, let's learn how to delete duplicate photos in iCloud:
  1. Free download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click Duplicates>+ button>PhotoLibrary.
    Find and Delete Duplicate Photos with BuhoCleaner
  3. Wait for the scanning process to find out all duplicate photos in your PhotoLibrary.
  4. Click the Images option>check duplicate photos you want to remove>Remove.
    Find and Delete Duplicate Photos on Mac with BuhoCleaner
Tip
BuhoCleaner offers you more than find and delete duplicates in iCloud, but also in iCloud Drive or external drives.

How to Find and Delete Duplicate Photos in iCloud Manually via Photos App

The way to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud via the Photos app can be further divided into iPhone and Mac.

But it's necessary to mention that the Duplicate finder and merger feature only exist in iOS 16 and later and macOS Ventura and later. So if you are running iOS 16 earlier and macOS Ventura earlier, BuhoCleaner is a better choice for you.

Here is how to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud via the Photos App:

  • Before finding and deleting duplicate photos in iCloud, you also need to enable the iCloud sync feature.

As we mentioned how to enable iCloud sync on Mac above, here is the step-by-step guide to enabling the iCloud sync feature on iPhone:

Open SettingsApple IDiCloudPhotos>Sync this iPhone.

Now let's learn how to delete duplicate photos on iCloud:

  • For Mac:
  1. Open Photos app.
  2. Click Duplicates on the left sidebar.
  3. Merge the duplicate photos into 1 photo or delete the redundant photos.
Find Duplicates with the Photos app
  • For iPhone:
  1. Open Photos app.
  2. Scroll down and find Duplicates under Utilities.
  3. Merge the duplicate photos into 1 photo or delete the redundant photos.

Also, the New Smart Album feature is helpful for finding and deleting duplicate photos. But it may take some time and may not always show you duplicate photos clearly. Anyway, it is still worth a try:

  1. Open Photos app.
  2. Click File MenuNew Smart Album>match the condition.
  3. Find, right-click, and delete the duplicate photos.

How to Find and Delete Duplicate Photos in iCloud Manually with Finder

To find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud using Finder is also a practical way. But it may not be as convenient and quick as the methods we mentioned above.

Here is how to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud with Finder:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click File MenuNew Smart Folder>+ button>Image.
    New Smart Folder Window
  3. Browsing the images using the mouse or the Up and Down key to find the duplicate photos and delete them.
  4. Empty your Trash.

Or if you have little photos in your iCloud, just find and delete them directly in iCloud.

Final Words

In this post, 3 ways to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud are introduced in detail. Hope at least one of them works well for you.

It's recommended that you keep cleaning your duplicate photos in iCloud, Photos, and even your Mac regularly. Why not choose an overall Mac cleaning tool like BuhoCleaner to free your hands?

Clare Phang has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of the iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.