Will Cellular Model of IPP Download iCloud Photo Library Photos over Cellular Connection?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ScottC7, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. ScottC7 macrumors regular

    ScottC7

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    So I'm sitting here at a Starbucks, trying to edit photos on my Wifi iPad Pro. The process is painful, however, because I have to be on a Wifi network to get them to download, and the Starbucks Wifi is brutally slow. I can't use the Hotspot feature of my iPhone 6S Plus, either...the iPad Pro doesn't seem to recognize it as a bona fide Wifi connection for the purpose of downloading the photos.

    With that in mind, if I had the Wifi + Cellular model of the iPad Pro, would I be able to download my photos from iCloud Photo Library onto my iPad Pro via LTE/Cellular?

    I've found one post that seems to indicate the answer may be "yes", if I turn on Cellular Data in the iCloud Drive settings menu. But I'd like confirmation, because if so, I might exchange this iPad Pro model for one with the Cellular radio in it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    I'm assuming all you get is a thumbnail when you try to open a picture? On cellular models, you have a menu that lets you choose what apps get to use cellular data. You would just turn this on.
     
  3. Scuba-EMT macrumors regular

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    Absolutely, my IPhoto is updating just fine over cell, and an academic reference program I use has downloaded over 20 GB of PDFs over the cell connection, I do not even have WiFi enable on my Pro. But I have AT&T unlimited so I have no concern over data charges. Depending on what your doing and how often, it could get expensive. There are posts in this forum for folks selling their AT&T unlimited plans.
    Cheers
     
  4. ScottC7 thread starter macrumors regular

    ScottC7

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    That's cool; thanks for the help. Currently, my iCloud Photo Library will only update (upload photos to other devices) when I am on Wifi, and having the option to engage cellular data transfer would have been awesome today. Waiting for the full photo to download onto my device, over Starbucks' Wifi, was quite painful! I could have been done in 1/3 the time if I had cellular capability.
     

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