How are you managing iCloud storage and Photos in 2019?

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  1. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    SSIA.... iCloud photos is only taking me so far.

    How are you guys managing hard copies of all your photos?

    I need an easy way to backup / archive some of my 40GB of iCloud photos to free up space on my account. I have the 50GB iCloud plan. I want to use my old Mac mini as the "server" and have all originals go there, and then replicated to my 4TB time machine backup.

    If I try to turn on iCloud storage and download originals to this Mac, it wants me to buy more iCloud storage.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I came from Google Photos. Loving iCloud Photos. I've got 136 GB, over 70,000 videos and photos. The ability to take a photo, have it instantly available on my Mac, iPad, and iPhone is amazing. My Mac backs it up to external media ... beautiful.

    I pay for the 2TB because my family utilize more than 200+ GB including my 136 GB photos. I wish I didn't have to pay this, but it's not bad.

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    To answer your question, just move the photos library to your external drive, let it download what it needs, then remove from iCloud storage? That's what I would do if I wasn't willing to pay the $9.99/mo for 2TB.
     
  3. sou1 so1di3r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    I'm happy paying $1 a month for 50GB but I would rather self-manage past that point.

    So you think if I pay for 200GB for one month, have my old Mac Mini download ALL originals, then move to external, I would be good to go?

    Will that transfer all my videos too?
     
  4. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    Yeah if they're stored in iCloud. That's how I'd do it if I wasn't going to use iCloud storage space and wanted to get all my data out of iCloud.
     
  5. sou1 so1di3r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    I setup a new library on my MacBook Pro and had it download ALL originals. It looks right as I now have 45GB of photos on here.

    What is the best way to "clear" space from iCloud photos but still use them for new photos?

    I guess I need to change the setting back on my MacBook to turn OFF iCloud photos, then start deleting the oldest photos first (manully, on iCloud.com?)
     
  6. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    What I did in the past was just delete the photos in iCloud Storage on your iPhone. Once you do this, it puts them in a temporary "30 day" trash --- you can delete again to remove them permanently. Then turn it back on. I haven't done this recently so it may have changed last time I did this (a few years ago).
     

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