iPad What is the "Apple Way" to Store Photos?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by iOSandboxed, May 4, 2016.

  1. iOSandboxed macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2016
    Apple seems to be pushing iOS devices as a main computing platform, and without connecting to a PC or Mac the best way to store photos seems to be iCloud Photo Library. But the best I can find is that they still recommend a PC or Mac to back up the library. So there's no real way to drop the PC if I want to rely on iCloud to back up my photos when using an iPad as a main device.

    What is the "Apple Way" to do this? Are we still stuck manually backing up our library? Do you have multiple iCloud accounts if you get above 1TB of data?
  2. oodi macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2015
    I have TimeCapsule to backup my Mac and local iOS backups. I suppose this is also backs up my photos on my mac. This still includes mac and icloud.

    Apple should show some love to Capsule. ios timecapsule integration must be much smoother.
  3. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Other options you could use (Not necessarily suggesting all of any of these are a particularly good idea, other than own cloud as you host that yourself and have full control, but...):

    own cloud
    buy space on iCloud

    or other various online services.

    Personally i use ownCloud on my NAS.
  4. lauramayer macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2016
    I use time machine on an extern hard drive and carbon copy cloner to clone this extern hard drive.
  5. iOSandboxed thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2016
    This works straight from an iOS device?
  6. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    OwnCloud is an app, you can upload files to it.
    It relies on connecting to an OwnCloud server, some NAS boxes can run it. Mine does.

    It's basically similar to dropbox but open source and you can run it on a Linux box or such... the advantage over dropbox is that it's your own server...
  7. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    I use Google photos to store my photos. They get uploaded directly from my phone and are available to download or view from any browser.
  8. iOSandboxed thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2016
    I've tried Google photos. I like it, but since the live photos don't seem to work correctly with Google photos. This may still be the only way to do it. I was just interested to see if someone knew a way Apple provided.
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Seems like iCloud Photo Library would be it as far as that goes.
  10. Sajal macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2014
    I extensively use Live photos with Google photos and currently it is my only way to backup my Live photos since I have checked that I can restore them back just as it was. Can you please say what might be the issues so that I can safeguard myself against it.
  11. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    Some common sense things will never change.

    No one "needs" anything more than iCloud Photo Library, which beyond all features and convenience, is remote cloud storage of photos.

    You are not likely to lose any of that data. But could you? Yes. To be diligent, it is wise to keep a Local copy. Apple makes it easy to do this, as the built-in Photos client will indeed save an entire copy of the library.

    You can also backup that copy with Time Machine, to as many redundant external/additional storage devices as you desire.
  12. vexorg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    Buy a cheap mac or PC as your backup. Too much reliance the internet is not good, chances are the internet will be down or slow the day you need it most. Nothing beats having the backup in physical sight.

    And benefit of multiple backups or from different times.

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