photo uploads on mobile data

slenpree

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Looks like on iOS 11, new photos now upload to the iCloud without Wi-Fi, albeit not automatically.

I was taking some photos while out today and noticed the photos app had a resume button at the bottom to continue uploading photos (even though I was not on Wi-Fi). It says underneath it's paused to save battery and this explains the default behaviour, but it's nice to see this restriction removed, even if you have to manually start it. If I'm travelling a lot or in-between home broadband providers, I might not be on a good and stable Wi-Fi network for quite a number of days and I can't afford to loose the photos if I loose or damage the phone!

On iOS 10 and earlier you could only upload new photos to iCloud when on Wi-Fi, but with higher data caps and unlimited EU wide roaming it no longer seems necessary to have this restriction, and i'm glad Apple see it this way too.

I just hope this is not a bug and it stays like this and I haven't tried videos yet...
 

Mlrollin91

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Looks like on iOS 11, new photos now upload to the iCloud without Wi-Fi, albeit not automatically.

I was taking some photos while out today and noticed the photos app had a resume button at the bottom to continue uploading photos (even though I was not on Wi-Fi). It says underneath it's paused to save battery and this explains the default behaviour, but it's nice to see this restriction removed, even if you have to manually start it. If I'm travelling a lot or in-between home broadband providers, I might not be on a good and stable Wi-Fi network for quite a number of days and I can't afford to loose the photos if I loose or damage the phone!

On iOS 10 and earlier you could only upload new photos to iCloud when on Wi-Fi, but with higher data caps and unlimited EU wide roaming it no longer seems necessary to have this restriction, and i'm glad Apple see it this way too.

I just hope this is not a bug and it stays like this and I haven't tried videos yet...
Cellular data restriction are disabled for early iOS betas. It will be back in a later beta/final build. Same goes for 100MB app store downloads.
 

mattopotamus

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Somewhat related. I have noticed that photos are not syncing to my Mac (still on Sierra) via icloud.
 

slenpree

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Cellular data restriction are disabled for early iOS betas. It will be back in a later beta/final build. Same goes for 100MB app store downloads.
never seen that on any of the iOS 10 betas. This morning I plugged the phone into power and switched off the Wi-Fi and it said "saving mobile data", I press resume and it uploads photos to iCloud on 4G just fine.
 

mattopotamus

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never seen that on any of the iOS 10 betas. This morning I plugged the phone into power and switched off the Wi-Fi and it said "saving mobile data", I press resume and it uploads photos to iCloud on 4G just fine.
Like the person you quoted said, it is pretty common for cellular data restrictions to be disabled during betas. Another example is the 100mb limit for App Store downloads over cellular. Larger apps can notoriously be downloaded during betas.
 
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slenpree

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Like the person you quoted said, it is pretty common for cellular data restrictions to be disabled during betas. Another example is the 100mb limit for App Store downloads over cellular. Larger apps can notoriously be downloaded during betas.
this is not apps, i am talking about photos.