iCloud Photo Sync

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by iThink Apple, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. iThink Apple macrumors 6502a

    iThink Apple

    Aug 27, 2011
    So I just discovered that iCloud is syncing all my photos from my mac into my devices which I do not want it to do as its using way to much space. I just want to have the pictures I take from that specific device and still back up the photos to icloud. Does that make sense?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    It sounds like iCloud photo library is not for you because the point is that all of your photos will be on all of your devices.

    If you turn iCloud photo library off but use photostream, that would put all new photos from any device on your mac and in iCloud, but also on every other device that has photostream turned on.

    If you ONLY want each device to have the photos taken with that device, then A) don't use icloud photo library, and B) turn off photostream. You can still have the device back up to iCloud, and that backup will include the camera roll. BUT, you would have to manually transfer new photos to your mac through iPhoto.

    One final suggestion: on an iOS device, if you ARE using iCloud photo library, there is an option in Settings --> Photos --> "Optimize iPhone (or iPad) Storage." If you click that, rather than "Download and Keep Originals," then that device will only keep device-optimized versions of photos rather than full resolution photos, which can save a lot of space.

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