iOS Soft­ware

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iCloud Photo Li­brary down­loads thumb­nails of your pics, but only full qual­ity ones as needed

Stop iCloud Photo Li­brary from steal­ing stor­age

QI’d avoided iCloud un­til re­cently, when I wanted to show pho­tos from my iPad 2 on a TV. I put them into my iCloud Photo Li­brary us­ing my Mac, and they duly showed up on the iPad. How­ever, they ap­pear in the iPad’s Pho­tos app even when the de­vice’s Wi-Fi is turned off. I don’t want hun­dreds of pic­tures clut­ter­ing up the de­vice. How can I only col­lect them from the cloud when I need them?

AiCloud Photo Li­brary stores all of your pic­tures in iCloud, but doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily lum­ber all the de­vices you’ve con­nected to your iCloud ac­count with the whole li­brary. Con­trol its be­hav­iour by go­ing to Set­tings > iCloud > Pho­tos.

When you en­able iCloud Photo Li­brary on that page, your iPad will in­evitably keep in­dexes and thumb­nail im­ages for your whole li­brary. Be­low that, though, you have an op­tion of choos­ing ei­ther Op­ti­mise iPad Stor­age or Down­load and Keep Orig­i­nals; in­evitably, the lat­ter of those uses more stor­age space, but tap the for­mer and your iPad will man­age its use of lo­cal stor­age as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.

If your iPad has am­ple free stor­age, it may well still keep copies of your most com­monly used pho­tos and videos lo­cally on the iPad. How­ever, when the iPad is more pushed for free space, it’ll leave the full-size orig­i­nals in the cloud, down­load­ing them only as needed.

You can tell how much lo­cal stor­age iCloud Photo Li­brary is us­ing by go­ing to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Stor­age & iCloud Us­age > Man­age Stor­age (un­der the Stor­age head­ing, not iCloud). Scroll down the list to find the to­tal used by Pho­tos & Cam­era, tap that, and you can con­firm how much lo­cal space your photo li­brary is us­ing. You could turn on iCloud Photo Li­brary only when you need it, but you’ll need to be happy wait­ing for it to sync each time.

Tap the Op­ti­mise iPad Stor­age item if you’d like the stor­age space used by pho­tos on your de­vice kept to a min­i­mum.

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