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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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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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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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