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culverh0use

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So I have iCloud Photo Library enabled, and have it set to "optimize iPhone storage." I have a couple thousand photos and so they only take up a few hundred MB, which is great. My question is, as I take new photos, does the iPhone "optimize" those photos automatically after uploading them to iCloud so that they don't take up so much space on my internal storage?
 

bushido

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So I have iCloud Photo Library enabled, and have it set to "optimize iPhone storage." I have a couple thousand photos and so they only take up a few hundred MB, which is great. My question is, as I take new photos, does the iPhone "optimize" those photos automatically after uploading them to iCloud so that they don't take up so much space on my internal storage?
no it only replaced them once u run out of space on your phone. thats why i disable iCloud Photo every month or so. delete every pic thats stored locally and enable iCloud Photo again. this way i have only optimized versions until i click on one
 

alFR

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no it only replaced them once u run out of space on your phone. thats why i disable iCloud Photo every month or so. delete every pic thats stored locally and enable iCloud Photo again. this way i have only optimized versions until i click on one

That's not, as far as I understand it (and based on reading here and here), true. The device intelligently manages which photos it's keeping a full-resolution copy of based on if they're your favourites, how often you view them, when you last viewed them, when they were added and the amount of free space on the device so your library is only using a reasonable amount of on-device storage. So, when you take a photo on the iPhone the full-resolution version will be uploaded to iCloud, then at some point afterwards based on these criteria it will be automatically replaced with the device-optimised version. What you're doing with turning the library on and off should be unnecessary.
 

bushido

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then i dont know how frequently it does it. i had 7,8 GB of 22 GB pic on my iPhone last week. after doing my steps its now down to 2,4 GB. oh and i did mention once your storage is running low itll switch them out, just like mentioned in your link
 
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