How do I enable iCloud photo library without downloading everything?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by scaramoosh, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    It's so annoying, I want to upload everything, but I don't want to download everything. I want to be able to download one by one like my iPhone, but for some reason it just downloads the lot. I also don't understand why I cannot delete photos locally, but keep them in iCloud.... it misses the whole point of having cloud storage if you still have to keep them hogging up your own storage.
  2. Crash0veride macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2016
    Photos App - preferences - iCloud tab - optimize Mac storage instead of download originals. Your Mac will only download full size originals as needed, but will always keep thumbnails. I don’t know it’s process for deciding when to remove the originals again, but it will.

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