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macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 25, 2012
Hi, sorry not sure where exactly to put this. I downloaded the new Google Photos app to play with. I'm liking it so far and get a kick out of some of the animations it has made for me so far. I was going to start uploading some photos from my computer when I got a little worried. I saw some photos from my iPod touch on my phone in my google photos (which was expected since I installed it on both). But it got me thinking, if I upload pics from my computer, will they be put on my phone in some capacity or does the Google Photos app basically "stream" the photos? I don't want those photos taking up space on my phone even in a compressed manner because phone space fills up quickly enough as it is.

So does anyone know how the app handles this?


macrumors 6502
Apr 6, 2014
LOL!!! 128GB iPhone 6. I ain't worried about nothing!!!!

Edit: Sorry I'm of no help.


macrumors 604
Feb 13, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland
It's definitely taking up some space. As a test for how much you could go to Settings>General>Usage>STORAGE>Manage Storage, make a note of how much the App is using, then upload 100 photos and check again after opening the app and seeing that the new ones are there. Additionally, you could check again after you've actually viewed some of the photos to see if that increases the storage amount.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 15, 2012
I suspect that the app keeps a limited size cache of recently viewed photos.
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