1. AB Lambert's Avatar
    All,

    I am looking to backup my pictures from my iPhone. I have been using OneDrive and have been happy using it.

    I thought I would try iCloud because it is integrated into IOS 8 and my get better all-around performance.
    I have been having a heck of a time either getting used to it or maybe I am just be doing it wrong.

    Which one do you prefer and why?

    Thanks,
    A.B.
    10-15-2014 09:28 AM
  2. John Yester's Avatar
    I use iCloud, but also use PictureLife.

    Both I prefer and no issues with setup or staying in sync.
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    10-15-2014 09:30 AM
  3. gordol's Avatar
    I use OneDrive, because it has a larger capacity for free. Only issue there that I know of is that in order to do the backup, I need to manually start the OneDrive application on the phone. Same thing with using Google Drive or Dropbox.

    If you want the backup to "just happen" and you have the storage space on the cloud, then staying with iCloud might be better.
    10-15-2014 01:00 PM
  4. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I use iCloud for back up. But I use Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive for storage of photos, videos and documents. I can then delete those from my camera roll. Between the 3, I have 82 gb of free storage. If I need more, there's Google Drive.
    10-15-2014 07:26 PM
  5. SprSynJn's Avatar
    I use OneDrive, because it has a larger capacity for free. Only issue there that I know of is that in order to do the backup, I need to manually start the OneDrive application on the phone. Same thing with using Google Drive or Dropbox.

    If you want the backup to "just happen" and you have the storage space on the cloud, then staying with iCloud might be better.
    Doesn't OneDrive offer the option to automatically backup pictures in the background now?
    10-15-2014 08:47 PM
  6. si001's Avatar
    Doesn't OneDrive offer the option to automatically backup pictures in the background now?
    I know onedrive and box do have that option.
    10-15-2014 09:01 PM
  7. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Doesn't OneDrive offer the option to automatically backup pictures in the background now?
    It backs them up in the cloud, if that's what you mean. But I don't use that. I back up with iCloud. It backs up what is currently on the phone. It's not the same as storage.
    10-15-2014 09:07 PM
  8. joemd60's Avatar
    I have been using OneDrive and I am back to Dropbox. OneDrive I have about 31GB's of storage.
    DropBox is my secondary just in case.
    I gave up for now with Google Drive, it gave me lots of problems on my Mac.
    10-20-2014 04:52 PM
  9. CycloneFW's Avatar
    I use DropBox and Photo Stream since DropBox uses the full resolution image instead of downsampling it in Photo Stream.

    On the second day of having my iPhone 6+, I tried OneDrive since they offered 30 GB free. Sadly, it also downsized my images. However, that was day of iPhone 6+ use and maybe the app has been updated to full res? I took sample pictures with the stock Camera, emailed it to myself from Photos and from OneDrive, and had lost lots of quality from OneDrive.
    10-20-2014 10:54 PM
  10. SmartFah's Avatar
    I've been debating if I should switch from iCloud to OneDrive for photos as well. Once I got my 6+ I've been going beast mode on all the photos & videos I take, and I've used up my free iCloud storage.

    I've been using OneDrive for years, and was grandfathered into the 25gb free storage. However, I decided to upgrade to the 20gb iCloud storage for .99/month. I basically did it for the automatic back ups, and the ease of putting the photos/videos back on my phone after doing a restore, or getting a new device. I may enable camera backups on OneDrive just to have as a second backup.
    10-20-2014 11:29 PM
  11. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I use Box, Dropbox and OneDrive for photo storage. I'm not using iCloud Photo Library. I use iCloud to back up what's currently on my phone. iCloud Photo Library would take up my iCloud storage space. I do use iCloud Photo Sharing some, but sparingly.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
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    10-21-2014 10:02 AM
  12. xderiwx's Avatar
    I use DropBox and Photo Stream since DropBox uses the full resolution image instead of downsampling it in Photo Stream.

    On the second day of having my iPhone 6+, I tried OneDrive since they offered 30 GB free. Sadly, it also downsized my images. However, that was day of iPhone 6+ use and maybe the app has been updated to full res? I took sample pictures with the stock Camera, emailed it to myself from Photos and from OneDrive, and had lost lots of quality from OneDrive.
    I actually emailed Microsoft about this a couple of weeks ago. I was told that there is no compression done to the photos if uploaded in full resolution. I also asked if you could then re-download the photos to your device through the app at full resolution and was told yes. After trying with a couple photos, I seemed to get the same file size after uploading and downloading.

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    10-23-2014 06:05 AM
  13. CycloneFW's Avatar
    Thank you. That must have changed as I went from 2.x MB native to 800k after the round trip to OneDrive when I tried it when I first got my 6+. I was getting a new roof put in and you could see the difference in the individual shingles vs. a black blue when comparing the image in Photos and the photo emailed to myself and saved in Photos from OneDrive.

    Also, my "Camera Roll" was 1.7 GB and I used 800 MB of storage on OneDrive.

    Glad to hear this has changed. I will have to start using them again!
    10-23-2014 12:17 PM
  14. joemd60's Avatar
    I use Box, Dropbox and OneDrive for photo storage. I'm not using iCloud Photo Library. I use iCloud to back up what's currently on my phone. iCloud Photo Library would take up my iCloud storage space. I do use iCloud Photo Sharing some, but sparingly.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    I do the same thing with iCloud.
    10-23-2014 12:22 PM
  15. joemd60's Avatar
    Has anybody noticed that,your cloud drive folder has appeared in the photo app?
    11-07-2014 08:24 PM
  16. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Has anybody noticed that,your cloud drive folder has appeared in the photo app?
    Where? I don't see anything.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    11-07-2014 08:45 PM
  17. joemd60's Avatar
    I guess the folder can be deleted. I just assumed it was something new, because I never created the folder.iCloud VS OneDrive for picture backup-imageuploadedbytapatalk1415411759.281962.jpg
    11-07-2014 08:55 PM
  18. zerog46's Avatar
    I guess the folder can be deleted. I just assumed it was something new, because I never created the folder.Click image for larger version. 

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    Not there for me.


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    11-07-2014 09:52 PM
  19. joemd60's Avatar
    Not there for me.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    I deleted the folder, but still not sure how it got there.
    11-07-2014 09:54 PM
  20. zerog46's Avatar
    Yeah that's a weird one. Never saw that one.


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    11-07-2014 09:55 PM
  21. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I deleted the folder, but still not sure how it got there.
    Do you have iCloud Drive enabled?


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    11-09-2014 02:41 PM
  22. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I have iCloud Drive enabled, but don't have anything in it.



    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    11-09-2014 02:43 PM
  23. joemd60's Avatar
    Do you have iCloud Drive enabled?


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    I have passbook enabled, so iCloud Drive has to be enabled as well.
    But if I go into the photos app, the folder is non existent.
    Last edited by joemd60; 11-09-2014 at 08:50 PM.
    11-09-2014 08:33 PM
  24. archimo's Avatar
    I just realized that if you enable iCloud Photos on your iOS device, it takes away the classic camera roll and replaces it with a single iCloud Photos folder that are synced between the iOS device and iCloud Photos. Any photos added or deleted deleted on the iOS device or iCloud Photos are kept in sync. Deleted photos go to Recently Deleted for 30 days and then permanently deleted. The photos inside iCloud Photos are full resolution and do not count against you overall iCloud storage limits.

    This really simplifies everything. You could then install the Flickr app or Onedrive and turn on auto uploads to have photos in all those places.
    12-07-2014 04:14 PM
  25. archimo's Avatar
    You have to turn on iCloud Photos Beta on iOS device. iCloud drive is where you can store other files.
    12-07-2014 04:15 PM
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