iCloud Photo Library vs Upload to My Photo Stream?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by thomamon, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. thomamon macrumors 6502a

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    If I turn off the stream what will happen? Will my photos still be backed up to iCloud and will I save space on my iPhone? I do not want to lose anything.
     
  2. Gav2k, Dec 27, 2015
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    Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Regular Photo Stream:

    • Only stores your most recent 1000 photos or the last 30 days of images, whichever is greater
    • Does not use your iCloud storage allotment
    • Compatible across all devices including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC
    • Stores web-optimized versions of your photos, which may degrade quality
    • Does not upload and sync videos
    • You can still sync photos and albums from your Mac or PC via iTunes when Photo Stream is enabled
    iCloud Photo Library:

    • Stores all your photos and personal video and has no limits as long as you have the iCloud storage space to support it
    • Uses your iCloud storage allotment
    • Accessible on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and online via iCloud.com
    • Stores full-resolution photos on the server and on your devices and supports many file formats including JPG, RAW, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and others
    • Uploads and syncs videos as well as photos
    • You can not sync albums and photos from your Mac or PC via iTunes when using iCloud Photo Library, and any existing albums will be removed when you enable the service
     
  3. Paco II, Dec 27, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015

    Paco II macrumors 65816

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    They serve complementary but different purposes. Turning off Photo stream will not necessarily free up space on your phone if you are using iCloud Photo Library.

     
  4. thomamon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So I won't save space if I just use the iCloud Photo Library and shut off the stream?
     
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  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Yes you can optimise the photos stored on the phone which saves a lot of space.
     
  7. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

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    If you leave the Stream On in conjunction with iCloud Photo Library, will the Photo Stream continue to save the latest 1000 photos as before? Or will it stop even if its enabled on the iPhone?
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    You can't have both on. When you enable iCloud the option for photo stream vanishes
     
  9. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

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    Ok thanks.
     
  10. JungleNYC macrumors member

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    I think that used to be the case, but I have icloud ON and Photo Stream is still an option.
     

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