Does iCloud Drive take up space on iPhone?

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  1. Sverkel macrumors regular

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    Like the title says. Does iCloud Drive take up space on my iPhone?
     
  2. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    No. That wouldn't really make sense, would it?
     
  3. Sverkel thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats what I thought but it looks like it does?

    I have moved all my pictures and videos from my iPhone to my MacBook Air and then uploaded it all to iCloud. I got all the space back on my iPhone when I moved it from the iPhone to the Mac but when the transfer to iCloud Drive was done all the space went away again. So it seems like it does take up space on the iPhone also like on the Mac.

    I was hoping to use this to free up space on my iPhone and still being able to see all my pictures and videos from my iPhone.

    What do you all think, am I doing something wrong?
     
  4. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    Why on Earth are you using iCloud Drive to store photos in?

    Use iCloud Photo Library with Optimise Storage turned on to save space.

    iCloud Drive does not download locally onto iOS devices. All files are downloaded on demand.
     
  5. Sverkel thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wanted to use iCloud Drive to save space on my iPhone but the same space is taken no matter what app I use so I just might as well turn on Optimise Storage and live with that ;)
     
  6. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    I think you're confusing iCloud Drive with iCloud Photo Library.
     
  7. Sverkel thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope, I know the difference.

    My plan was to upload all my photos and videos to iCloud Drive from the iPhone and then delete the photos and videos in the iPhone Photos app so that I would have all my photos and videos in iCloud Drive instead of iCloud Photo Lib. and then view them from the iCloud Drive app.

    But the photos and videos I put into iCloud Drive also fills up my iPhone as soon as I look at them (think they are downloaded to the iPhone) just like when using iCloud Photo Lib. so it makes no difference what I use other than with iCloud Photo Lib. I can use the Optimized setting to save space on my iPhone.
     
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    somewhat related. I use icloud drive for file storage on my mac. Say I got a new mac, would I still have those files once logged into icloud?

    I guess the confusion is b.c icloud drive actually stores files in the cloud? and icloud photo library pushes the same files to all of your devices?

    basically am I correct with saying, icloud drive is real cloud storage and icloud photo library is just a way to share the same files across all devices.
     
  9. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    No, they are both "real cloud storage". The OP created a problem where none existed. He should have simply used iCloud Photo Library for his photos, with Optimize Storage enabled on the iPhone.
     
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I guess what I mean about not "real cloud storage" is that you cannot delete a photo from your phone and have it stay in icloud photo library. a/k/a it does not work like dropbox.
     
  11. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    Correct. Yet, with Optimize available, why would you need/want to do that?
     
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    If you wanted to save space on your device. For example, with drop box you can have it upload your photos/videos and then delete it from your device once it is in the cloud. If you deleted it from your device with icloud photo library, it would also delete it from the cloud.
     
  13. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but with Optimize it's a 97.5% reduction in storage use on the phone. People here have tested it. So you're not really saving that much trying to eliminate 2.5% of your library size, and you're majorly inconveniencing yourself using another storage solution compared to what Apple offers, IMO.
     
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I use it and like it, but 4K video takes up a ton of space. I highly doubt it is optimizing those videos by 97%
     
  15. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    I haven't seen a test specifically of 4K video.
     

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