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Statusnone88

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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.
 

Merkie

macrumors 68020
Oct 23, 2008
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I use it. Pay $1 a month for the extra storage. What would you like to know?
Same here.
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.
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.
 
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ItsGavinC

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Jun 29, 2007
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Use a Western Digital MyCloud 2-TB drive. It does more than just photo backup as well.

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.
 

stooovie

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Nov 21, 2010
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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.
 
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Aston441

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Sep 16, 2014
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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.
 
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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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.
...And the fact that Google retains the rights to use your pictures for whatever they want.
 
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John Mcgregor

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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.
 

big samm

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Oct 27, 2008
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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.
 

OllyW

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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.
 

GreyOS

macrumors 68040
Apr 12, 2012
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Yes, I do, I have 15GB of photos and I'm paying 79p/month for 50GB.
 

bripab007

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Oct 12, 2009
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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).
 

VSMacOne

macrumors 603
Oct 18, 2008
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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.
 

piper37

macrumors newbie
Apr 9, 2015
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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.
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gsmornot

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Sep 29, 2014
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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. View attachment 613006
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.
 

piper37

macrumors newbie
Apr 9, 2015
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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.

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.
 

gsmornot

macrumors 68040
Sep 29, 2014
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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.
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.
 
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