save iPhone videos directly to cloud, not phone
September 12, 2019 6:20 PM   Subscribe

I want to take a videos on my iPhone and not have it take up space on phone. Is there a way to save videos directly to a cloud rather than my phone. It is for an oral history project where I am doing interviews which I plan to edit somehow and then put on YouTube. Thanks!
posted by esnyder.ks to Technology (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I realize this is not a direct answer, but Google Photos saves my stuff to the cloud, then periodically asks if I want to delete the local copies to save space. This may be a function of Android, however.
posted by mecran01 at 6:35 PM on September 12, 2019

You are aware you need it on your phone for a long as the upload takes? This is probably doable by making your videos folder a dropsync/drivesync folder then using ifttt or a script to move the videos to another folder in the cloud drive once it sees they have been uploaded.

Manual might be easier though. Is there a reason you're not using a large sd card/cards or a better camera if it must be video and not just audio?
posted by turkeyphant at 8:03 PM on September 12, 2019

settings > photos > optimize iphone storage does this for photos and videos.
posted by zippy at 9:32 PM on September 12, 2019

Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos ?

Reads “Automatically upload and safely store all of your photos and videos in iCloud so you can browse, search, and share from any of your devices”
posted by terrapin at 5:10 AM on September 13, 2019

I think iCloud makes you keep stuff on your phone too. I know. I don't understand it either. DropBox and the like should be able to do it though. Maybe Google Photos? I have my iPhone set to sync with Google Photos and I'm pretty sure videos sync too.
posted by kathrynm at 8:24 PM on September 13, 2019

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