Is there a way to prevent large downloads from iCloud when tethered on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by zorinlynx, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    The basic gist of it is...

    Often when I tether my Macbook while traveling it'll start download large amounts of data from iCloud. Photostream is a big culprit, to the point that I just turn it off. iMessage too, as it syncs conversations that are often full of images.

    Is there a hidden switch somewhere to NOT download bulk data when tethered? The machine KNOWS it's tethered; it uses a different WiFi icon (the chain links) when tethered. So this would be trivial to implement.

    The worst case was a few months ago, when it blew through nearly a gig of my data plan before I realized it was downloading hundreds of photos I had taken on my phone on my trip. Ugh.
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I to think storing photos in iCloud is a bad idea. The data plans can get expensive over time and just think about getting a Synology NAS and use it to store pictures and setup a VPN server in it and use a VPN connections from your smart phone to it when about.

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