Moving Photos to iCloud

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by atiffarooq, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. atiffarooq macrumors 6502

    atiffarooq

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    Hi all.

    Apologies if this is in the wrong area of the forum. I have a subscription to iCloud storage for 250GB and use it for photos etc. taken with my iOS devices. I also have a Dropbox account which had 50GB storage for 2 years and I've used that to store all photos I've had for many years (about 30GB worth). My Dropbox extra storage has now come to an end and I am not willing to pay the £79 per year for 1TB storage.

    I've just started the move from Dropbox to iCloud on my Mac - all the files are now transferring across. Can anyone tell me if I will be able to see the photos I'm moving over in my normal Photo app on my iPhone, iPad etc.? If not, is there anyway to make this possible?

    Thanks and Happy New Year in advance!

    A
     
  2. deany, Dec 30, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2016

    deany macrumors 68030

    deany

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    Hi
    Are you moving your photos to

    • 'iCloud drive' in iCloud
    • or 'photos' in iCloud

    I guess 'photos' but just wanted to confirm

    also

    • how much storage is there on your iPhone and iPad remaining
    • which iPhone and iPad do you have
    • which version if iOS are you currently using on your iPhone and iPad

    with this info I think @zorinlynx is the best person to chip in with the best advice.
    Cheers
     
  3. atiffarooq thread starter macrumors 6502

    atiffarooq

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    Hi,

    I've just copied the folders from Dropbox to iCloud Drive, so not specifically to photos in iCloud. I have an iPhone 7 and iPad Pro 9.7 and both are on the latest version of iOS. On my iCloud I have 190GB free.
     
  4. deany macrumors 68030

    deany

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    I have a feeling that @zorinlynx will advise moving the photos from iCloud drive to photos in iCloud as per

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204264

    but best not to do anything yet ie keep moving photos to iCloud drive, hopefully he will pick up on the thread later.

    I think knowing storage left on iPhone 7 and iPad Pro 9.7 would help.

    ps
    dont forget to keep an 'off site' backup of your precious data on a USB drive as well as the icloud.
    cheers
     
  5. atiffarooq thread starter macrumors 6502

    atiffarooq

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    Thanks for the info. I've just started a copy to a USB drive of all the photos that have been moved to iCloud Drive.
     
  6. zorinlynx macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    Am I now the resident iCloud Photo Library expert? I'm not sure what I did to deserve this designation. But anyway...

    Don't put your photos in iCloud Drive. My suggestion is to move them out of iCloud Drive (which will free up the space) and then add them to iCloud Photo Library. You will be able to access the photos much more easily. However, make sure you have at least one machine running the Photos app with "optimize storage" turned off so you have your own complete copy of the photo library. Putting complete trust in cloud services is never a good idea.
     
  7. atiffarooq thread starter macrumors 6502

    atiffarooq

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    Thank you!

    I've deleted the photos from my iCloud drive now and imported them in to my iCloud Photo library. I can now access these photos across all of my devices. As per your suggestion I've got optimise storage turned off on my MacBook, but other devices are running with this on. I've also got a complete back up of all photos on a flash stick.

    Thanks to you both for your help - much appreciated!
     

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