Huge iTunes Backup

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  1. Benjamin Frost Suspended

    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
    I use iCloud Photo library.

    On my iMac and iPad, I have set them to Download Originals. On my iPhone, I have Optimise Storage.

    I like to backup my iPad and iPhone to iTunes as well as iCloud. My iPhone backup is a normal size: 3.57 GB. My iPad backup used to be that sort of size. However, since turning on iCloud Photo library, it has ballooned to 32.66 GB. As my Photo library size is about 28 GB, it seems that iTunes is backing up all the photos from my iPad! This is crazy. I don't need a duplicate of my photos on my iMac; they are there already in the Mac Photo library already as originals. I want to reduce my iPad backup to the same size as my iPhone.

    I have changed my iPad setting to Optimise Storage and backed up to iTunes, but it is still the same size. My suspicion is that it may take a month to reduce. Even worse, it may never, as I still have 35 GB free on my iPad.

    Any advice would be much appreciated. Perhaps my best bet is to switch off iCloud Photo Library completely on my iPad, then turn it on again with the Optimise Storage setting. With luck, it will then be much smaller. But I think this is a bug on Apple's part. iTunes shouldn’t be backing up the photos at all; they are all in iCloud.
  2. PsyOpWarlord, May 24, 2015
    Last edited: May 24, 2015

    PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2010
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Most people don't have a storage issue on their home computer if they are using iTunes to manage their backups of their iOS devices.

    But for those that backup their iOS devices to iCloud they have an option that might be what your looking for that might help.

    Try this from your iPhone to choose what data (photo Library) you want backed up or not:

    Settings -> General -> Usage -> Manage Storage ->
    Manage Storage
    This iPhone
    "Backup Options"
    Photo Library | OFF


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