Photos backed up to iCloud and google ...

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by yumzone, Apr 15, 2019.


What backup services would you use??

  1. iCloud

    4 vote(s)
  2. Google

    1 vote(s)
  1. yumzone macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2019
    Birmingham UK
    Hi thank you for stopping by.

    Ive tried searching for a response to my questions. No look solar.

    1. I have a iPhone X ... a MacBook ... & iPad Pro 11 inch, Im also getting the iWatch over the next few days.
    2. As I'm sure you can imagine i have collected a fair few photos on my iPhone mostly around 1000 to be precise
    3. What I want to do is upload the photos from my phone to iCloud and then delete them from my phone - i don't want to loose the photos i just want them to be secure on the cloud ??
    4. im doing something wrong as it says they will be removed in 18 days ...

    Ive used google to back up my pictures the ones from my phone i just don't understand how it works. Where are they floating around cyber space.

    If someone could tell me the best way to back up photos and what settings have to be what way ... I will be forever grateful.

    Looking forward to heart from you all soon
  2. mikzn macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2013
    I think you will get a lots of different opinions

    I would vote for iCloud over Google - better integration

    But my preference is to download all pictures form all iOS devices and cameras etc. to Photos and not to iCloud - then back that library up on a separate drive with Carbon Copy Cloner

    I seen lots of threads where posters have lost all thier photos with a mix up on the cloud (ussually a bad sync) - if you have a "large amount of pictures" Photos is a pretty decent tool for managing and sorting and saving your pictures and its easy to save / sync some favorites back to the iPhone or iPad
  3. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003

    its great you are asking about backups.

    for me, i have never considered iCloud to be a backup service.
    to me, its only a syncing service.
    delete on one device and its gone on all devices.

    for me, iCloud is a backup in the sense that it is "info restore" only. in the sense that as long as you have turned on and subscribed to all iCloud services, then if you encounter a device failure, or you buy a new device, iCloud puts it all back nicely on a new device for you.

    for what i call actual backups, i do it two ways.
    1 i use Time Machine (which is automatic)
    2 i manually drag my Documents folder and Photos folder and Library/Mail folder to a 2TB Sandisk Extreme USB-C flash drive SSD every 2 weeks or so.
  4. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    You don't have to pick one. In fact, it's a good idea to have multiple backups of things you care about.

    My system for photos:
    • Apple photo stream has my last 1000 photos
    • I copy my photos to my Mac
    • My Mac has a time machine backup to an external drive on my desk
    • My Mac is backed up online by Backblaze
    • All of my photos get uploaded to Google Photos

    You get to them by going to in a browser or the Google Photos app on your phone.
  5. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    ^^^Sorta same for me.

    iPhone pics are few and far between, mostly shoot with DSLR, so iCloud is pretty unimportant for sync/save.

    Pics are synced to Mac into Photos. Library is on an external SSD.

    Once a quarter, photo library is copied to two different external HDDs.

    Once a quarter, export new photos to my Amazon Drive.

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