iPhone 7(+) how to download full res photos from icloud?

Caspavio

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i previously selected the option "optimise iphone storage", so the full res photos are stored in the icloud and a low res photo version is stored on my iphone. how do i reverse this? I want to store the high res photos onto my iphone and erase all the photos on icloud.

i already changed the setting to "download and keep originals", but it doesnt seem to be downloading anything. when turning off icloud photos, i will get this error message.

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Caspavio

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Change it to download originals and then wait unless you need them downloaded ASAP.
do you know when it will start downloading? i am connect to wifi and have given it some time, but the numbers of photos to download as shown is the error message are not decreasing at all.
 

akash.nu

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do you know when it will start downloading? i am connect to wifi and have given it some time, but the numbers of photos to download as shown is the error message are not decreasing at all.
Think you need to keep it connected to WiFi and charging at the same time. Leave it overnight. Should work.
 
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Caspavio

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Think you need to keep it connected to WiFi and charging at the same time. Leave it overnight. Should work.
ok thanks. it is charging and connected to the wifi since i posted my first message. no change, but i will leave it overnight to see if it works
 

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ok thanks. it is charging and connected to the wifi since i posted my first message. no change, but i will leave it overnight to see if it works
have you considered just following through on that "error message" (not really an error message), remove the optimised/low res photos and then enable icloud photos again with the full size ones?
 

Caspavio

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have you considered just following through on that "error message" (not really an error message), remove the optimised/low res photos and then enable icloud photos again with the full size ones?
is it supposed to work that way? that way i read it is, they will just delete the low res photo and the high res will still just remain on icloud.
 

Ahiqar

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ok thanks. it is charging and connected to the wifi since i posted my first message. no change, but i will leave it overnight to see if it works
I did the same thing and it took my phone about 4-5 days to get all of the photos downloaded. I had about 1000 photos and 400 videos though. It will take some time, but it will eventually do it.

When I went to sleep I made sure the Photos app was open as well.
 
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is it supposed to work that way? that way i read it is, they will just delete the low res photo and the high res will still just remain on icloud.
well, yeah - that'll happen because icloud photos will be turned off.

then you turn it on again.
 

Caspavio

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I did the same thing and it took my phone about 4-5 days to get all of the photos downloaded. I had about 1000 photos and 400 videos though. It will take some time, but it will eventually do it.

When I went to sleep I made sure the Photos app was open as well.
ic. ok thanks
 

BigMcGuire

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Yeah, it takes an INSANE amount of time. I have 5,000+ photos in iCloud (23GB). Took about a week to get all my photos and videos downloaded to my iPhone even with Frontier FIOS. The phone wants to be on WiFi and plugged in, and it often times doesn't download when you want it to. Just rest in the knowledge that it will eventually download - wish there was an option to tell it to download NOW vs letting it do it when it wants to.