Does photostream fill my iPhone with trash?

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  1. Poly, Apr 22, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014

    Poly macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2013
    I have an ipad and iphone connected with Photostream.
    99% of the time i only take my photos with the iphone and like to view them on my ipad.

    Now here is my question:
    On my iphone the same photos are obviously shown two times in my photos folder and the photostream folder. Now does that fill up my iphone with useless copies of these photos? Or is the photostream version only a link?
  2. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    good question, i want to know this too
  3. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Photo stream is stored in the cloud. It counts towards iCloud storage, not local storage on your phone. Photos in your camera roll take up local storage.
  4. SenseiPhone macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    The main store of the Photo Stream is on iCloud. Local copies of the latest 1000 photos in your Photo Stream are stored on your iDevices. Photo Stream pictures can also be downloaded into your iPhoto and/or Aperture photo libraries, or onto a designated folder on your Windows PC. Photos are purged from the Photostream cloud store after thirty days, so be certain that photos you want to save are downloaded to your computer, or saved to your iOS device camera roll on a regular basis.

    ᔥ Apple: iCloud — Photo Stream
    ᔥ Macworld: iCloud:What you need to know

    Note that you now have the ability to delete individual photos from Photo Stream Macworld's statement to the contrary was true at the time of publication.
  5. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Photo Stream photos are only a link or shortcut. There are no duplicates on your phone.
  6. bigcstyle4, Apr 22, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014

    bigcstyle4 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    They're also stored in the cloud but on the devices as well (they also don't count toward your iCloud storage limit by the way).



    Go to Settings, General, Usage, Photos & Camera and it will break it down. 1.6GB of my phone's storage is Photos (876MB in Camera Roll, 787MB in Photo Stream).

    I have 1.2GB of storage currently being used by Photos on my iPad, on which the camera has never been used and has an empty camera roll. All the photos were taken on my iPhone and are in the Photo Stream album.
  7. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    Does photostream fill my iPhone with trash?

    It does use some local storage. It has to cache them. It's using storage on my iPhone.

  8. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    That is true for a picture folder you make but not photostream. You can delete pictures in the camera roll and they won't be removed from photostream and vice versa. Someone posted a picture above similar to mine.


    Note the total at the top is the addition of both storage libraries.
  9. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Every photo that appears both in your Camera Roll and Photo Stream are stored twice on your device.
  10. Poly thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2013

    K so I assume that after 30days the photos will get deleted from Photostream automatically? Or will that only after 1000pictures happen?
    If they get deleted after 30 days that's no problem for the device i take the pictures on, since the duplicate will get deleted....but it's a problem for my iPad....
    how do i keep them on my ipad?

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