Why is Photostream Taking Up Space?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by someone28624, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    Photostream is taking up a gigabit of space on my iPad's hard drive. I don't understand why this is. I thought on iDevices they were just in the cloud, but on a computer it saved to the hard drive. How do I free up this space?
     
  2. koerk macrumors regular

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    No on iOS you also have a local copy. You can empty or reset the photo stream in the photo settings.
     
  3. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I should clarify that these are not photos taken on the iPad, but rather on my phone. I tried deleting the photos, but I got a warning saying that deleting them would delete them from Photostream forever, which I don't want. Is there a way to stop it from storing local copies of photos in iCloud on my iPad?
     
  4. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    A couple ways to look at this...but remember that Photostream's purpose is to create a synced copy of your photos across all devices for backup & sharing.

    Options:
    1) Turn off Photostream completely on your iPad. You will lose access to all Photostreams there, including anything shared.

    2) If you took the photo on your phone, there should be a copy on your camera roll so deleting the Photostream copy won't get rid of it completely, it will just be the singular copy stored on your iPhone's camera roll. Just be sure you back up photos manually just in case!
     

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