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    Default How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    My phone storage is almost full but I have a lot of room on my icloud storage plan? Just don't know how to get it saved in that area?
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    Default Re: How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    It's better to use another service like Dropbox, Google Drive or other cloud service.

    Because with iCloud, if it's saved on your phone it's saved on iCloud, but deleting pictures from your iPhone will delete those pictures from iCloud as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMore Question View Post
    My phone storage is almost full but I have a lot of room on my icloud storage plan? Just don't know how to get it saved in that area?
    Welcome to iMore!!

    Do you by any chance use a PC or Mac? And do you do backups on your iPhone? Also, what iOS version are you using?

    We need a few more deetz so that we can give you the best solution. Depending on what you have and what you use, your photos can be exported to a computer and safely removed from your phone, without them being deleted or lost forever from iCloud.
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    iCloud is not a storage solution. It's a back up option. It backs up what is currently on your device. So if you delete the photos from the camera roll, they are also deleted from iCloud.
    I use Box and Dropbox for storage. If a computer, Store them there.
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    Since you have plenty of iCloud have you enabled iCloud Photo Library with the optimize storage option?

    How much space has your camera roll used on your phone? How much iCloud do you have?
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    Default How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    iCloud is not a storage solution. It's a back up option. It backs up what is currently on your device. So if you delete the photos from the camera roll, they are also deleted from iCloud.
    I use Box and Dropbox for storage. If a computer, Store them there.
    Apple considers it a storage solution according to their iCloud Photo Library page.

    http://www.apple.com/icloud/photos/

    Just enable "optimize storage" and it will take care of the rest.

    Fill your library, not your device.
    Now you can spend more time shooting pictures and less time managing them. iCloud Photo Library helps you make the most of the space available on your Apple devices by automatically storing the original high-resolution photos and videos in iCloud and leaving behind the lightweight versions that are perfectly sized for each device taking up only as much space as needed. You get 5GB of iCloud storage free, and other storage plans start at $0.99 per month.
    We used to use Dropbox for backup/storage but have been much happier using the built in features on our devices vs a 3rd party. But depending on your phone storage capacity, amount of photos, etc only you can decide which works best.

    Any one option won't be the right choice for everybody.

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    Default How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

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    Apple considers it a storage solution according to their iCloud Photo Library page.

    http://www.apple.com/icloud/photos/

    Just enable "optimize storage" and it will take care of the rest.



    We used to use Dropbox for backup/storage but have been much happier using the built in features on our devices vs a 3rd party. But depending on your phone storage capacity, amount of photos, etc only you can decide which works best.

    Any one option won't be the right choice for everybody.

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    But, still, if you delete the photos from the camera roll, they are also deleted from iCloud.
    iCloud Photo Library does not work the same way as Dropbox.
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    And that was the main reason for me to advise Dropbox.

    If OP would enable iCloud Photo Library, upload all pictures and then delete it from his phone, because he thought they were safe on the cloud, that would have been disastrous.
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    OP: if you are interested in iCloud Photo Library send me a PM!
    Last edited by robertk328; 08-25-2016 at 01:53 PM.
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    Default Re: How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    Google Photos is the best. Unlimited storage.
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    Default Re: How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    I agree with CyreneK . Iuse Google also because of the unlimited storage. I cloud will want you to buy more storage after the first free 5 gigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whetrick1 View Post
    I agree with CyreneK . Iuse Google also because of the unlimited storage. I cloud will want you to buy more storage after the first free 5 gigs.
    I have the 50gb plan and if they didn't send me an email each month, I would never know the $0.99 is coming out of my pocket.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201238
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    I also am paying apple for the 50 gig plan just for extra insurance for my iPhone , ipad, and iPod backups. Just incase anything happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whetrick1 View Post
    I also am paying apple for the 50 gig plan just for extra insurance for my iPhone , ipad, and iPod backups. Just incase anything happens.
    It's a good deal!
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    Default Re: How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    Dropbox, the way I use it, is unlimited. I usually move my files to my desktop and free up all my space.

    I also use Amazon Photos. Since I am a prime member I get unlimited. So I keep my phone free and I can still see my photos with Amazon.

    There are many solutions out there. While some may work for me they may not work for you. Have a look around the webs, app store, google it and find what works best for you.
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    Default Re: How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    I guess OP is talking about iCloud Drive. Yes you can save your photos in iCloud Drive without even loosing your photos even if you delete them from device. It's just like Dropbox.
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    Default Re: How do I save pictures on my phone to my icloud storage?

    Google Photos gets my vote. Once you get past the original upload, choose optimize storage and then enable backup over Cellular (AFTER the initial upload is done)

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