How much space does Photos app save?

unobtainium

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If you enable iCloud Photos, are all your full-sized photos still stored on your Mac, or do they get stored in the Cloud with optimized/recent photos being stored on the Mac? How much space does it seem to save on your HD? And if you're not connected to the internet, you wont' be able to view all your photos in full resolution right?
 

robgendreau

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If you enable iCloud Photos, are all your full-sized photos still stored on your Mac, or do they get stored in the Cloud with optimized/recent photos being stored on the Mac? How much space does it seem to save on your HD? And if you're not connected to the internet, you wont' be able to view all your photos in full resolution right?
I believe you get a choice; you can store in the cloud and have originals download or be stored on your Mac.

If you upload all your stuff, I'd imagine that only previews and caches would be stored locally, probably saving a bunch of space. It's sorta like iTunes match in that way, and it's all or nothing for that library. It also does this thing where it supposedly adjusts what's stored locally depending on space available. See this:

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT6378
 

Beavix

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If you enable iCloud Photos, are all your full-sized photos still stored on your Mac, or do they get stored in the Cloud with optimized/recent photos being stored on the Mac? How much space does it seem to save on your HD?
Let me give you an example: 6.28 GB of photos and videos in iCloud (all hi-res files) = 314 MB on my iPhone (with "optimize storage" on).
 

unobtainium

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Let me give you an example: 6.28 GB of photos and videos in iCloud (all hi-res files) = 314 MB on my iPhone (with "optimize storage" on).
Awesome. This will be a game changer for me. I have a 60GB Aperture library taking up half the storage on my SSD and I'm more than willing to pay a few bucks per month for iCloud storage.
 

cosmos4you

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Let me give you an example: 6.28 GB of photos and videos in iCloud (all hi-res files) = 314 MB on my iPhone (with "optimize storage" on).
Is it really like that? At the moment i didn't turn on iCloud for the new photo app on my mac because my library on my mac have 60GB but I have only an iphone with 16 GB and I don't know what will happen with the iphone storage if i turn it on on my mac and the entire library will uploaded to the cloud. Will my iphone run out of local storage? :(
 

afsnyder

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Is it really like that? At the moment i didn't turn on iCloud for the new photo app on my mac because my library on my mac have 60GB but I have only an iphone with 16 GB and I don't know what will happen with the iphone storage if i turn it on on my mac and the entire library will uploaded to the cloud. Will my iphone run out of local storage? :(
Good question.... They should be able to do it and just storage really low res previews. It'll take forever to upload but it does it in the background so that's good.