Apple Photos Optimize

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by jackniksmith, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. jackniksmith macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2011
    Hi iOS 10 users,

    Just wondering if Apple has improved the way in which Photos optimizes storage ?

    Currently photos waits until your storage is almost empty before it begins optimizing the storage, but this seems to be really buggy or just doesn't work at all.

    Have Apple changed the way in which it works ? Added a 'Optimize Now' button ? etc etc.

    Would anyone be able to send a screenshot of the Photos settings page ?


  2. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    I'm sorry but this is not true, or not in all cases. I recently (9.3.2) turned on iCloud for Photos, and it has already optimized them on my 6s+ which has 47GB free. If I try to edit or zoom in on them a downloading countdown clock icon appears, and I have to wait a few seconds. These are photos that were taken with this same phone.

    Are you looking in the desktop iTunes at "Other" by any chance?
  3. jackniksmith thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2011
    No from the phone, I have the 128gb model, my photos being the biggest part of the phone. When I contacted Apple about this I was told that Photos only optimizes when storage is running out. Obviously I could have been told wrong, but either way I would like to know if they have improved the feature.

    Thanks :D
  4. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    Even with the updates to Photos in iOS 10, it's things like this that will make it hard for me to switch away from Google Photos, which offers much more control over such things.
  5. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I have 38GB free and mine are optimised already.

    Apple help desk people are not always correct you know.
  6. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i got the 64 GB iPhone with 40 GB of photos / videos in my iCloud Photo Library. It usually stores around 9GB on my actual device.

    (33GB free)
  7. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    When you take photos on your phone they will not automatically be optimized unless you are running low on space. Photos added via IPL will be optimized until you view them, then remain unoptimized until the phone decided to optimize them as needed. And of course the optimization setting needs to have been enabled.

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