Deleting photos without affecting album photos

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  1. billwill

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    I have a few hundred photos on my iPhone7 and have put quite a few into especially-named Albums. When I went to "clean up" the photos by deleting one, it automatically deleted the photo from the album.

    Is there a way I can delete photos in my general "Photos" group WITHOUT them being deleted from the album they're in? Thank you very much for your help and expertise.
     
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    KevinJS Super Moderator Staff Member

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    AFAIK there is no way to do this. The photos in your albums are essentially links to the actual image in your camera roll.
     
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    Thank you. But... what's the use of having Albums? By putting photos on the roll into Albums, doesn't that just DOUBLE the space they take up?
     
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    No, it doesn’t. They are just virtual pointers to the original. There’s just one copy of every image on your iPhone, and it’s located in the Photos album.
     
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    I am not an expert on iOS architecture but the way this type of storage usually works is that there is just one image stored, the album simply provides a way to easily find photos, it is essentially a search function.
     
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