iPhone Is it worth backing up photos to Microsoft and Google if you have iCloud?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by Kendo, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I get a cheap 1TB of storage with Microsoft OneDrive thanks to my Office 365 subscription. I already have a 200GB iCloud subscription that I pay $3 a month for. Since I'm getting 1TB of space anyway, is there any purpose to using OneDrive to have a second backup of my iCloud photos? Should I just use it as my primary source of saving photos and save my iCloud space for things other than photos?
  2. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
  3. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    I have had iCloud muck up my photos before (and other things).
    I use Google Photos, and local external storage.
  4. Minorite macrumors regular


    May 8, 2018
    I'm backing up mine to external drive and to Google Photos. As @Rhonindk mentioned, iCloud can (and will, according to Murphy's law) mess up everything, and there's no such word as 'too many backups'.
  5. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    No iCloud.

    Download to Mac on Photos. Once a quarter, export quarter's photos and upload to Amazon. Make copies of Photos library on two other external drives (main library is on a Samsung T5 external SSD).

    Shared pics on Google Photos.

    So, yes, more backups, more better.
  6. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    I used to use Backblaze, but these days I back up photos to iCloud (we have the 2TB option) and Google Photos for redundancy's sake.
  7. JemTheWire macrumors member


    Jun 10, 2012
    Manchester (UK)
    Surely you can’t have too many backups? Even better if they are to different places.

    Main issue as I see it is to make sure that all backups are current. Or perhaps Child, Parent & Grandparent.
  8. CouponsKiss macrumors newbie


    Jul 7, 2018
    New York City
    Backup is must necessary work. if you are professional then you should always take backup on periodic basis.

    If you have free space then why you should not use them?
  9. ManuCH macrumors 6502a

    May 7, 2009
    I tell my Mac to download all originals from iCloud. From there, I automatically backup my Photos library to Wasabi S3 via Arq Backup, as well as to my NAS.

    If you're not into complicated stuff to set up, I can recommend Arq Cloud Backup.
  10. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Wow for an Apple forum there sure are a ton of users who don't prefer iCloud for backing up photos. If I downgrade my iCloud to 50GB and use Google Photos as my main backup, will Google capture all of the data like location status and date that I took the photo? So if I reset my iPhone completely and restored all my pictures from Google Photos, it would look EXACTLY the same as if I never reset and restored my photos via backup?
  11. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    The photos I have with location/date information is maintained in Google Photos. The info is maintained if I download it back to my iPad.
  12. MisterSavage macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2018
    I use Backblaze as well. Anything you care about should have multiple backups. Backblaze calls it 3-2-1. Three copies, two onsite, at least one offsite. I use Google Photos for backup also.
  13. bigboy29 macrumors member

    May 19, 2016
    I simply install OneDrive app and it uploads everything to OneDrive. The only thing I use iCloud for is device / app specific backups.
  14. jbindy1 macrumors member


    Jul 1, 2015
    Indianapolis, IN
    I do as a backup. Never know if ICloud and it’s wonkyness would destroy years of photos. So everything on the phone syncs to OneDrive also

  15. decypher44 macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I backup on my MBP, and I also use Amazon Photos (I have Prime, so it’s free, Unlimited and saves at full resolution).
  16. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    But what about your videos?
    --- Post Merged, Dec 7, 2018 ---
    My iCloud photos are currently in the cloud. If I allow OneDrive to backup my full photos, will OneDrive pull the full resolution photos from the Photos app (which would then have to pull the full resolution photos from iCloud) and allow me to backup the full res photos? Because my iPhone is currently set to optimize storage for photos.
  17. decypher44 macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA

    Unlimited photos
    6GB of video storage.
  18. dubstir macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2018
    I use OneDrive for photos/videos as it's UI on the web/app is clean, syncing is fast, and works really nicely with my laptop, Windows 10 obviously. I find Apple's solution for iCloud Photos on the web, the Files app, and the iCloud Control Panel for Windows archaic at this point; lacking basic search/sort/ordering/even swiping. It's also slower than most syncing software on the market.

    As for files other than photos/videos, I use Cryptomator within OneDrive. OneDrive provides the great speed and reliability and then Cryptomator adds encryption.

    I am anti Google, so I would stick with OneDrive and also use Cryptomator if you're concerned about privacy.
  19. scouser75 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2008
    Guys, I've just sorted out a Google Drive and MS One Drive account - so now, what it the best and safest way to backup my pictures from the Photos app on my Mac? Is it a simple case of dragging and dropping the iTunes Folder into each of the backup drives?
  20. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    My primary backup is with icloud, might look at having a secondary after reading this thread. Don’t want to have all my eggs in one basket
  21. MisterSavage macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2018
    Are you using Time Machine for backing up to the external drive? If so it's probably already taken care of that.
  22. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    I would recommend setting autobackup to Google Drive and use One Drive for either a global catch all or for those items you know you are going to keep.
  23. trikotret macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2015
    I'm starting to use Amazon photos but their app started to show advertising banner on top. Really ugly.
  24. scouser75 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2008
    Right now I'm backing-up to an external HD. But in case of failure of the drive, I also want to backup to a cloud facility. Google seems to be the way to go.
    Right now I'm backing-up to an external HD. But in case of failure of the drive, I also want to backup to a cloud facility. Google seems to be the way to go. In which case, how do I auto backup to Google Drive? Is it done directly from the Photos app?
  25. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Install Google Photosand the app has a setting to initiate auto backup.

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