1. tnt4's Avatar
    Is there a way to do an iTunes backup without backing up photos?

    I'm moving to an iPhone with less storage. This wouldn't be a problem at all, except my local photo library takes up 80% of my current storage and I can't seem to get it to leave more of it in iCloud. I've checked the options to maximize storage by uploading to iCloud, etc., but b/c there is enough storage on my current phone, and there's no way to force it to upload more (that I know of?), I can't seem to get around this.

    So I was hoping there was a way to do an iTunes backup but leave the photos out of it completely. That way when I restore, the new phone will be linked to my iCloud photo library, but it will originate 100% in the cloud, instead of from a backup.

    Hopefully that makes sense. TIA!
    01-24-2017 01:16 PM
  2. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I believe that if you already have iCloud Photo Library enabled on the phone you want to backup then iTunes will recognize that and not necessarily backup the entire library if most of it is already uploaded to iCPL. Take this with a grain of salt. Hopefully someone corrects me if I'm wrong.

    If you go to Settings>iCloud>Storage>Manage Storage>iCloud Photo Library it'll give you your stats there.
    01-24-2017 01:33 PM
  3. Tartarus's Avatar
    iTunes will make no backup of photos if iCloud Photo Library is enabled. This is a fact and BreakingKayfabe is right about this.
    01-25-2017 05:14 AM
  4. xboxbml's Avatar
    Right...I used to drag photos off phone and resync back to phone in iTunes. I enabled iCloud Photo Library last year and bumped my iCloud storage to 50gb and uploaded all my photos from PC to iCPL and have iCPL set to optimize on phone.. currently it takes up about 6.5gb on phone. I've never used backups anyway cuz I had them on PC.. I just wish Apple would offer a 100gb iCloud option instead of going from 50gb to 200gb...crazy
    01-27-2017 07:16 AM
  5. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I would just go from 50 to 200 since it's only a $2 difference. Essentially you're saying you'd rather pay twelve dollars less a year for 100GB instead of an extra $12 for 200GB. Just take the plunge.
    01-27-2017 08:43 AM
  6. xboxbml's Avatar
    I would just go from 50 to 200 since it's only a $2 difference. Essentially you're saying you'd rather pay twelve dollars less a year for 100GB instead of an extra $12 for 200GB. Just take the plunge.
    No.. I would pay $1.99 a month for 100gb until I filled it..then I would pay the $2.99 a month for the 200gb.. I'm at about 47.5gb now. In Photo years it's taken me ~12 years to amass those photos, give or take. I've taken a lot of photos and vids over the years, but now kids are grown and don't take as many, but lately on average around 1200 a year.. Why would I pay for storage I won't use for years?.. That's why I wish they had an in between tier..100gb.. If they don't come out with that really soon, I'll be stuck having to pay for 200gb..and I won't fill it for years..
    01-30-2017 12:18 PM
  7. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    No.. I would pay $1.99 a month for 100gb until I filled it..then I would pay the $2.99 a month for the 200gb.. I'm at about 47.5gb now. In Photo years it's taken me ~12 years to amass those photos, give or take. I've taken a lot of photos and vids over the years, but now kids are grown and don't take as many, but lately on average around 1200 a year.. Why would I pay for storage I won't use for years?.. That's why I wish they had an in between tier..100gb.. If they don't come out with that really soon, I'll be stuck having to pay for 200gb..and I won't fill it for years..
    That's what I'm saying. You'd rather hold out because you don't want to pay $2.99 instead of $1.99. But I'm not in charge of your finances. To each their own.
    01-30-2017 12:24 PM
  8. doogald's Avatar
    That's what I'm saying. You'd rather hold out because you don't want to pay $2.99 instead of $1.99. But I'm not in charge of your finances. To each their own.
    I'd also rather pay $1.99 for 75 or 100 GB than $2.99 for 200, which I don't think I'd ever need. Why would I want to pay more if I didn't have to?
    01-30-2017 02:16 PM
  9. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I'd also rather pay $1.99 for 75 or 100 GB than $2.99 for 200, which I don't think I'd ever need. Why would I want to pay more if I didn't have to?
    Because, to me, it's only a dollar. So if the option in between isn't there I don't hesitate to pay the extra $12 a year.
    01-30-2017 02:50 PM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I've had an iPhone for 5 years. I still have 2 gb of my free 5 gb available. LOL But I don't put my photos in iCloud. I may soon splurge for the 50 gb.
    01-30-2017 03:24 PM

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