Easy way to manage iPhone photos and iCloud photo backups?
June 10, 2014 6:30 AM Subscribe
I'm getting frequent alerts on my iPhone that my free 5gb of iCloud storage is full. Most of this is from years of photos on my phone--in fact, that's pretty much the only thing on my phone I would care about having backed up. I also think most/all of the images on my phone are already backed up to my computer in Lightroom. Is there a convenient/automatic way to handle what photos stay on my phone and what photos are backed up to iCloud?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Ideally, I guess I'd like to make sure that all the photos and cameraphone videos are backed up to Lightroom, then leave only a small "permanent collection" of images on the phone as well as all the images from, say, the last 12 months. And then just that permanent collection and the last 12 months' photos would be backed up to iCloud in case I lost my phone. This would presumably get me out of alert message purgatory.
This seems like it would be easier if I were using iPhoto, but that's not going to happen.
What's the best way to do this? I don't mind using another photo gallery on the phone for the permanent collection, but I don't want to put those photos on Flickr (etc.). If I purge a lot of photos from my phone, how do I get iCould to purge the backups to free up that space?
Or will it be easiest to live with the alerts for a few more months and wait for the convenience (one hopes) of iCloud Drive?