iCloud Drive & Photo -Help me understand

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by acm1108, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. acm1108 macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2013
    I'll break this down with the issue I'm getting.

    -I take a photo and it shows up in my All photos folder, which is taking up storage on my phone.
    -I purchased additional iCloud storage, that way I can access the photos anywhere and not use my storage on my local device (This creates a folder called Your Cloud Drive)

    Problem: when I delete a photo on the "All Photos Folder" it deletes it from my Your Cloud Drive

    What am I missing?
  2. Beavix macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2010
    Wrong, all photos from iCloud are synced to your device.
  3. acm1108 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2013
    So... what's the point of buying more iCloud storage then if I can't use it to store my photos.\

    From Apple's own website ...

    "Fill your library, not your device.

    Now you can spend more time shooting pictures and less time managing them. iCloud Photo Library helps you make the most of the space available on your iOS device by automatically storing the original high-resolution photos and videos in iCloud and leaving behind the lightweight version that are perfectly sized for each device. You get 5GB of iCloud storage free, and other storage plans start at $0.99 per month.
  4. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    On your device you can have the original size files or a compressed small file. Check the setting where you activated Photo Library (Beta). On devices with a lot of storage you may want to keep the full size file. My iPad has 128gb but my iPhone has 64gb. My library is about 50gb. Will use full size on iPad and compressed size on iPhone.

    You are right, if you delete the file on the iPhone it deletes it in the Library. Kind of like email. Delate an email and it is gone from everywhere.

    Hope that helps.
  5. acm1108 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2013
    Well it does answer my question. Just not what I wanted to hear.
  6. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    In its current form, I would agree that it's pretty limited and anomalous. I understand that turning on the toggle will reduce the amount of storage on the iOS device while retaining the full resolution copies on iCloud. But eventually, you're still going to fill up your device! And if deleting the photos on the phone also deletes them on iCloud, then how is that ever going to be manageable?

    Google has recently licked this problem on Android by using their Google+ Photos app. On Android, the photos on your phone automatically upload to Google. When you are viewing your Auto Backup in the app on your phone and you delete a photo, it will also delete it from your photo (and it warns you). But you can also choose to ONLY delete the photos from your device and leave them on Google+ as a backup.

    Sometimes, a user wants to conveniently delete a photo from the phone AND from the backup. Other times, you just want to free up space on your phone by deleting the local copy and leaving the server copy. There was a learning curve on Android as well (many questions like this were asked, and are still being asked), but it works great and they have basically licked the problem.

    Apple has a slightly different philosophy: there's is more of a syncing solution than a backup solution. iCloud Photo Library will automatically backup your photos and then sync them across all of your devices that also are logged into your iCloud account and have iCloud Photo Library turned on. This is a nice feature, but they haven't fully addressed the other issue. YES, they have the option to only keep an optimized version on your phone, BUT eventually you'll still end up filling up your phone, right? And what if you just want to delete them off of your phone and leave them on iCloud? Well you can't if you have iCloud Photo Library turned on. If you turn iCloud Photo Library OFF, then you go back to the camera roll and manage things yourself... but then you lose other functionality.

    I'm sure they'll eventually get it worked out, but it's definitely a BETA right now.

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