How to reclaim storage from photos in iOS?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by Narked Diver, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Narked Diver macrumors regular

    Narked Diver

    Apr 8, 2014

    My wife has a 32 GB ipad and she has used up about 30 GB

    About 15 GB are photos that have downloaded from the iCloud when she has viewed them

    She has photos optimised so her whole library (over 100 gb) is not stored on the ipad - only those she has viewed

    I know iOS is supposed to clear these down as necessary but 15 GB seems a bit excessive

    Is there any way to manually clear photos off the ipad manually without deleting them?

    Thanks in advance
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    The short answer is no. However, there is a longer answer.

    If iCloud Photo Library > Optimize Storage is working correctly, it will automatically remove photos when the storage space is needed for other purposes. If there's little demand for the remaining 2 GB, it may leave things just as they are.

    The long answer is that an Erase all Content and Settings followed by a Restore From iCloud Backup may achieve what you desire. When I've done that (in attempts to resolve various, unrelated issues with my old iPhone 6, and when setting up my iPhone X), the amount of space used by Photos was reduced dramatically. In the case of iCloud Photo Library > Optimize Storage, it seems it only downloads the thumbnail images when you restore, and downloads larger size images only when you view them.
  3. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012
    Get her a new IPad with 128Gb or 256GB and Problem solved
  4. Enclavean macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2018
  5. Narked Diver thread starter macrumors regular

    Narked Diver

    Apr 8, 2014
    Thanks for the various suggestions

    I’m wondering if the following would work

    Turn off iCloud Photo Library on her ipad then manually delete all the photos from her phone and then turn iCloud Photo Library back on

    What it prevent the photos from being deleted from her iCloud or would they be deleted when the iPad syncs to the iCloud when the photo library is turned back on?
  6. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Since you have "Optimize iPad Storage" I'd just forget about it and let the OS manage storage the way it's built to.
  7. Narked Diver thread starter macrumors regular

    Narked Diver

    Apr 8, 2014
    I would but iOS doesn’t seem to be managing it - my wife is getting a lot of “cannot do that - not enough storage” alerts :(
  8. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Ok. How about turning “Optimize ipad Storage” off and on again?
  9. NoBoMac Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Re: turning iCloud Photos off/on: I am not using that part of iCloud, so a guess here, but, all the iCloud functions seem to have option of "remove from device" or "keep on device" when toggling off. So, in theory, can turn off Photos, select remove, then reenable where the database should rebuild, but will not affect iCloud.

    Basically, should work as if you are getting rid of a device and replacing with a new/different one.

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