iCloud Photos questions

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  1. Armen macrumors 604

    Armen

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    I currently use Google Photos for backing up my photos.

    1. Unlimited photos backed up
    2. "Free up space" feature can delete photos/videos that are already backed up from your camera roll to free up space.

    I was considering using iCloud photos because $1.99/month for 250GB family shared space seemed fine until I came across something that left me scratching my head. any photos you delete from your device get erased from iCloud. How does this make sense? So if I happen to have a 16GB iPhone (for example) I can only backup 16GB of photos?
     
  2. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it's not an archive, just a copy of what is one your phone. If you delete from your phone, it deletes from the cloud.

    As for space, don't forget about the Optimize Photos option. I have that turned on in my iPhone settings. So my phone doesn't have the full photo. But typically, I can't tell much difference. It looks pretty great and downloads the full copy from the cloud when needed. The photo library on my Mac is around 128GB (roughly 34,000 photos and 500 videos). The same library on my phone takes up about 6GB.
     
  3. charlituna macrumors G3

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    iCloud is NOT a backup service but a syncing service. that's why what you delete is gone everywhere .

    as for how many photos, there is a feature where smaller thumbnails can live on your phone but the full sized file is on the cloud. cause the photos you take are actually way too high quality for the phone in terms of what it really needs, especially for scrolling etc. so you could conceivably have 8GB used in photos on your phone but at full size it's more like 24GB or whatever of photos
     
  4. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

    Armen

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    iCloud backup mentions photos. So photos are backed up with iCloud backup but iCloud photos is a sync service? That makes no sense.
     
  5. charlituna macrumors G3

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    sorry i should have said iCloud photos is not a backup. if you do a iCloud backup and iCloud photos is not on, the camera roll will backup but its not something you can access. you would literally have to wipe your device and load the whole backup to get the photos
     
  6. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

    Armen

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    It's just a missed opportunity on Apple's part. I'd rather not have my family photos on Google Photos but they just offer more features.
     
  7. TwoBytes macrumors 68030

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    I don't understand icloud photos. My library is nearly 1TB and growing so it means I can never use icloud for photos :( Please correct me if i'm wrong.
     
  8. TimFL1 macrumors 6502

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    You can, you just need the 2TB iCloud tier and optimize storage turned on on any device that does not have 1TB of storage.
     
  9. akash.nu, Jun 3, 2019
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    akash.nu macrumors 604

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    iCloud is just the name for apple’s cloud platform. It has 2 distinct features -
    - backup
    - sync across multiple apple devices, this also supports features like handover etc.

    If you initiate a backup then the devices get backed up to iCloud as a whole if cloud sync for photos is turned off.

    If you turn on cloud sync and optimised storage then iOS automatically uploads any new picture from the camera roll to iCloud for it to be available across all of your other Apple devices. Therefore this can also be counted as kind of a backup because it will live on the cloud. The goal is to ensure your entire photo library is available to you on any device all the time.

    Why do you want to delete a photo but still keep in your backup?! Isn’t that contradicting the whole point?
     

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