Keeping your photos in the cloud without them on iPhone

The photo storage solution of iCloud Unquestionably, a hard-to-understand monster is enough to see the amount of articles explaining aspects and solving doubts we have made:

After tamed, however, the infamous ICloud Photo Library Become an interesting ally in backing up your images and saving space on iPhone / iPad / Mac.

However, the behavior of the Photos app, in conjunction with iCloud's Photo Library, may prevent us from performing some operations that may be desired at one time or another. For example, it is impossible to delete a photo from your iPhone without it also being deleted from the cloud, because in Apple's implementation is a mirror of the other, so everything you have on your device everything you have also on iCloud.

This can be a drawback, for example if you have a gigantic photo library and want to keep just a few of your favorite images (or the latest images) on your device.

ICloud Photo LibraryLearn more about iCloud Photo Library

This is not even a matter of taking up space, as the option of optimizing optimal storage allows the original files of your photos to be stored on iCloud and, on iPhone, remains only a much lower resolution version, freeing up a lot of storage space on the device. . To activate it, just go to Settings, touch its name and access iCloud Photosby selecting the option “Optimize on iPhone”.

Optimizing photos on iPhone (iCloud)

For those who want the ability to delete photos on iPhone and keep them in a cloud library, however, there's no way: you have to resort to another, third-party service. Here we present two alternatives: Google Photos and Dropbox.

Google Photos app icon

Google Photos, I assume, is well known for its ease of use and the fact that it offers unlimited storage for your images and videos as long as they are at most 16MP and 1080p. Since no iPhone has cameras above this resolution, image backup is guaranteed; If you are shooting in 4K, you can choose whether to store low-resolution videos or the original files (in the second case, the files will occupy the “common” space to which you are entitled in your Google account).

Dropbox app icon


in Dropbox

Version 170.2 (254.5 MB) Requires the iOS 11.1 or superior

Dropbox, in turn, has the “Camera Upload” feature, which automatically stores photos and videos taken on iPhone on the service. It's exclusive to Dropbox Plus and Professional users (those who use Dropbox Basic free of charge can only do it from a computer) and the company provides a complete step-by-step how to set up the tool on your device here.

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Once you've set up the service of your choice, it's easy to handle the photos on your Camera Roll: you basically “despise” iCloud as an image storage service, as all your photos will be saved and saved to Google Photos. or Dropbox, and you can delete or keep what you want on your device.

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