Will a new phone adapt to photo storage?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DotCom2, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Hi Guys,

    I currently have an iPhone 7 plus 128GB. I have plenty of storage room left on it. But when I went on vacation I took a lot of photos and videos and now I've used a lot more of the phones storage. I do have plenty of room left on my iCloud storage plan and also I have "Optimize Storage" set on my Photos on my phone. But it seems that the OS still uses a lot of the phones storage if it's available.

    Sooooo, my problem is that now if I want to get the new iPhone X, instead of getting the 64GB model I have to get the 256GB one just because of the photos!!! This seems unreasonable. So my two questions are:

    1. Is there some sort of procedure or App that will force photos onto iCloud to offload them from my iPhone?
    2. I was thinking if I do get the iPhone x with only the 64GB when I setup iCloud will it then lower the amount of local photo storage automatically for me, or will I get an error that there is not enough room on this phone and have to return it?

    I just need a way to get my photos and videos off my plus and onto iCloud so I can get the cheaper iPhone X 64 GB instead of the 256.

    TIA for anyone with a solution.
  2. zhandri Suspended

    Sep 4, 2012
    did you every consider storing your photos on a computer? google fotos? dropbox? or do you actually need to be able to access them 24/7? that's what i usually do. whenever my phone starts filling up i'll pull the pics onto my mac
  3. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    If you use iCloud Photo library and "optimize storage", it will automatically move stuff to the cloud when needed. You shouldn't have to worry about it and should be fine with a 64GB phone. Apple is making storage less and less something you need to think about.
  4. DotCom2 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I don't like Google or Dropbox but I do have an iMac with plenty of storage.
    How would I get my iPhone photos onto the iMac Photos please?
    Thank you!
    --- Post Merged, Oct 6, 2017 ---
    Oh, well that good to know!
    Thank you.
  5. lugworm macrumors 6502


    Apr 4, 2011
    I use flickr and imgBB to store my photos. Both work well, and only take a few seconds to update with recent pictures.
  6. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2010
    I have photo library and optimize photos on and have 100gb taken up on my phone. I’m sure I can get rid of some stuff but this solution is not as good as being able to ‘offload’ photos to iCloud and not take up space on your device. This can be done with shared folders I believe but it’s not the best implementation.
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    DropBox is what I use. I have one account with folders that allow some of my employees to get in some areas and other can not. It works good for me as it is cross platform and any device or computer can gain access.
  8. zhandri Suspended

    Sep 4, 2012
    Just use the photos app. Once you plug in the phone, it will show you how many pictures you have on the phone and you can just import all of them
  9. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    Just transfer your photos manually every 2 weeks to your PC / MAC
  10. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    You could use something like Plex server to keep all of your photos and videos on your home computer, but still have access to them on your phone. It's a pretty well refined product at this point. You can even keep your music there. It's a pretty good solution that doesn't use iCloud at all. Your home computer is your own private cloud.
  11. Damon2 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2016
  12. bigcstyle4 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    I also use iCloud Photo Library and on my 128GB iPhone, photos take up about 30GB of local storage with optimize on. On my 32GB iPad, photos use about 5GB. So, I’m assuming that it will adapt to how much storage is available.
  13. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    I use iCloud on my 16GB iPhone 6. I have 30,000 optimized photos and videos on my phone with 100Mb to spare. Hope this helps.
  14. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Photos do adapt but I’d like if you had more control.

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