OS X Photos Deleting iPhone Photos

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  1. rokstar505 macrumors newbie

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    So I have a delemia... My iPhone is full and I need to delete some movies/photos off my iPhone but when I do they disappear off OS X Photos. Is there something I am missing? Before (with Aperture) photos would download to my computer so I could delete anything off my phone and nothing would happen to my movies/photos. Now it seems that nothing in my library is permanent...
     
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68020

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    When you're using iCloud Photo Library and you delete (either from OS X or your iPhone) you are deleting from the iCloud Photo Library, not just the device. So, if you delete in one place, you delete everywhere.

    Managing space on your iPhone is a bit different than before. Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos and select Optimize iPhone Storage. Once you do that, iCloud/Photos will start managing the space used by Photos (it will watch how much free space you have on the iPhone and act accordingly).

    Photos that you have accessed recently will be present in "optimized" resolution (a size sufficient for the capabilities of the iPhone screen), and if space is at a premium it will remove the photos that have not been accessed in a while, leaving only a thumbnail of those images (so you can always see what's up in iCloud). If you want to view them in full size later, they'll download again from iCloud.
     
  3. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    You didn't miss anything. When using Photos with iCloud all the devices will stay in sync. If you delete a photo from one device or from iCloud.com, it will remove the photo from all devices.

    iPhoto/Apeture woked differently as Photostream had a limit on the number of photos it could hold at a time, so they had to be saved on the computer.

    What is the setting on your phone for the storage of photos (Optimize iPhone Storage or Download and Keep Originals.

    To save and free space on your iPhone, you want the Optimize iPhone Storage. It will keep optimized/thumb sized photos on the iPhone while all the original full sized photos are in the iCloud. But you can still download the full original size image on your iPhone if you need it.
     
  4. rokstar505 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok. But I have 3.2 gb of photos and movies now and cannot download any more apps. This new way blows.
     
  5. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    If you set the iPhone to Optimize Storage, does it not allow you to keep adding apps? It is supposed to keep reducing the number/size of photos/videos on the iPhone to make room as you add more other items to the phone.
     
  6. rokstar505 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As of yesterday it would not let me... And then today it would... Today I received my third message that storage is almost full. I am at the point that I might actually go into the Apple Store to see what built in logic I am missing. BTW I would delete all my photos off my phone in the old days but now that is a moot point.
     
  7. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    The only suggestion I can make that I have not tried since I'm not in the same dilemma is to kinda go back to the old way for your devices that have limited storage...
    Turn off iCloud Photo Library on your iDevice and turn on Upload to My Photo Stream on your Mac.

    iDevice -> Settings -> Photos & Camera ->
    --- iCloud Photo Library: OFF
    --- Upload to My Photo Stream: ON

    Mac -> Photos app -> Photos menu bar -> Preferences ->
    --- iCloud tab -> My Photo Stream: CHECKED

    This was any photos you take on your device will be imported to your iCloud Photo Library on your Mac. After they import to your Mac you can delete them off your iDevice. At least in theory ;)
     
  8. rokstar505 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So what is Apple's logic? A person takes a lot of video on their iPhone and wants to use iCloud... They cannot delete it off their phone b/c if they do it will then delete off their iCloud account and off their Photos app on their computer. What am I missing? This is just baffling to me... Why don't they just have the logic this way??? Shoot on your phone... It syncs to your computer and to your iCloud account (saves on both) and then you can delete it off your phone but it will not delete off your iCould account or your Photos app on your computer.

    Please tell me why it is not this way and why more people are not having major issues with this as I am having. I know it (your phone) is suppose to optimize your photos to save space but I still have no space on my phone and find myself wishing I could delete photos that I don't want on my phone but still want on my computer and on my iCould account!
     

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