How many of you all backup all your photos on iCloud?

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  1. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Just wondering how many people use the Photo iCloud feature?
  2. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I use it. Pay $1 a month for the extra storage. What would you like to know?
  3. Statusnone88 macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    I've used it since its inception and I love it. Also keep them backed up/synced on google photos since I have an LG V10 for a work phone and it keeps my Android/iOS photos in sync. (The camera on the V10 is out of this world, so I use it for most photos/videos.)

    iCloud Photo Library is great for backing up. It's wonderful for ease of syncing photos between iOS/OSX devices as well. Works seamlessly.
  4. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Same here.
    iCloud Photo Library has also been made avaialble to Windows users a few months back. Works flawless there as well, much better than Photostream. I always have my most recent photos available on my Windows PC.
  5. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    Use a Western Digital MyCloud 2-TB drive. It does more than just photo backup as well.
  6. ItsGavinC macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    It doesn't have to be one or the other--they serve two different purposes.

    I back up all of my photos (22,000+ to iCloud via the Photos app AND I also back them up (to a Time Capsule and a Western Digital HD) using Time Machine.
  7. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
    I tried it for my 40k photos and disabled it quickly after that. It was insanely slow to load the library (it took around 35 seconds to open Photos app on my Phone or any photo picker, every time) and took too much space even with optimization. Apple can't do databases and it shows. Now I use google photos which isn't nearly as well integrated but it's sync is flawless, fast and it works on everything.
  8. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    Nope. Google Photos works well enough for my purposes and I don't have to worry about everything disappearing if there's some kind of credit card glitch or something else weird. Not to mention that I'm tired of Apple trying to milk my wallet daily. F Apple and their nickel and diming.

    Really, Google Photos is sheer brilliance if you poke around in it and see what it can do. Apple is a brain dead file cabinet in comparison. The only shortcoming GP has at the moment is it doesn't store "live photos." Yet.
  9. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    ...And the fact that Google retains the rights to use your pictures for whatever they want.
  10. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
    I do. I don't like that i have to pay for it, but i don't like the other options. It's not about 99 cents per month though, but rather the fact that you can't even backup 16 GB iPhone with those 5 free GB.
  11. big samm macrumors 65816

    big samm

    Oct 27, 2008
    I also use photos to keep all my pictures and videos on the cloud, but just be on the safe side i also use dropbox so if one gets ****ed i got a back up!! I really love the syncing feature between iOS devices. I only wish we could decide which media to upload, video or photos.
  12. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I can't fit it all into my current 50GB plan so it's just the recent stuff that gets backed up to iCloud.

    I've recently signed up to Amazon Prime so I'll probably take a look at their Cloud Drive photo storage.
  13. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I do.
    0,99€ per month and 50 Gb (I'm using about 30 Gb).
  14. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Yes, I do, I have 15GB of photos and I'm paying 79p/month for 50GB.
  15. silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
    I use it, have everything there and a backup of them on my Time Machine as well.
  16. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  17. bripab007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2009
    I've been using iCloud Photo Library since it's inception, also, and really have nothing but good things to say about it. It's always been reliable, fast, etc. I also, of course, backup my entire library elsewhere, too, but I do that with every service I use in the cloud (having all your data in one service/location is not a smart idea).
  18. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    I've been a user since the beginning. Have never had any issues with it. The only thing I've never done is upload older photos into my iCloud Photo Library, but the new ones I take with my phone are all there as far as I can tell. I pay for the 200GB plan because it's my main backup.
  19. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    I use Google Photos and Onedrive.Both make iCloud look pathetic in comparison
  20. piper37 macrumors newbie


    Apr 9, 2015
    It works beautifully; automatic, synced and safe. I just pull the SD card from my camera import it to my phone and let it work. Full resolution when I need it otherwise optimized. image.png
  21. jtwlbz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2014
    But google one doesnt back up full resolution
  22. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    Obviously you're local storage is optimized but how much space are you using on your device with that many photo in the cloud?

    Oh, and I use iCloud Photo and have all along. I have @ 8k photos stored at the moment but getting my DSLR photos ready to backup next. That will add another 12k roughly.
  23. piper37 macrumors newbie


    Apr 9, 2015
    It fluctuates but currently I'm using 15.3 GB for Photos & Camera. Typically I only have 10 GB used but I have been looking at a lot of older photos recently.
  24. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I'm using 6 GB at the moment but I guess that is going to change. Thank goodness for not having the 16GB phone. Ha.
    Thanks for the quick reply.
  25. JamesMike macrumors demi-god


    Nov 3, 2014
    I find it very easy to use the service, no problems so far.

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