iCloud Photo Library optimization

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jcorbin, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. jcorbin macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    has a one actually had their full res photos/videos replaced by device optimized versions? How much space does it free up? Is it seamless?
  2. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    You don't notice it happening. Your iPhone will only display low resolution 'thumbnails' of all your photos. When you click a photo to view it, there's a small loading circle in the bottom right corner. When that completes, you're looking at the full resolution image which you can then do as you please with. It is a seamless experience, works very well and keeps photo storage to a minimum. Although I had heard that it will only 'activate' if available storage is particularly low. If it has space to eat, it will refrain from discarding full res images.

    Some people have reported having no space left on a 32GB iPhone because the Photos app expands to fill all the extra space, because it's there. Not sure if that's a common thing though.
  3. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    All of mine are optimised, it's seamless and just works away at it in the background when you're not using your phone, so takes a little while.

    Unfortunately I can't remember how much space they occupied on my iPhone before, but I can tell you that my 6,158 photos and 179 videos occupy 9.4GB of space on my iPhone after switching to optimised. And my iCloud Photo Library, which has the exact same content as that which is on my phone (albeit the iCloud library has the full resolution material) is 49GB.

    So if that equates as it would appear, I'm saving 40GB of space on my iPhone.

    I should say that not all of the photos are from the iPhone. Some are from my DSLR and so have a much larger file size. But because I added them to the Photos app on my Mac they are also available to me (in optimised format) on my iPhone.

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