One of frustrating things about iPhone photography is that from iOS 11 version, it has brought with a new High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) that would cut image sizes in half, but it’s still a struggle for 16, 32, and even 256GB iOS users to avoid viewing “No more space” error on their device.
Although Apple added an Optimize Storage option in iCloud Photo Library, which can help in deleting older images locally stored on your iOS device after they’ve been synced with iCloud, there’s no way to adjust manually when photos are deleted; and you may still run out of space even when turning the option on. That’s why this post will show you how to manually control your iPhone’s cloud photo storage to help you save up memory on your device. Let’s see!
How to manually set up your iPhone for image storage
- Disable iCloud Photo Library on all portable devices
- Open Settings app from the home screen on your iOS 11 iPhone/ iPad.
- Tap on your Apple ID.
- Tap on iCloud > Photos.
- Toggle the switch next to the iCloud Photo Library to off.
- Tap Remove from iPhone or Download Photos & Videos option that appears on the screen.
- Enable My Photo Stream on portable devices
- Open Settings app from your Home screen.
- Tap on Photos & Camera.
- Toggle the switch next to the Upload to My Photo Stream option to on.
- On your Mac, open Photos app and choose a backup solution
- Open the Photos app.
- Choose the Photos menu in the left corner.
- Click on Preferences > iCloud.
- Click on the iCloud Photo Library checkbox to turn it on, if it isn’t already.
- Choose Download Originals to this Mac.
- Tick on My Photo Stream to enable it.
From here, you need to choose how you‘d like to back up your images and video. iCloud Photo Library can full-resolution copies, but it will require you to buy an iCloud storage subscription. Although we recommend you to enable iCloud Photo Library option to get a complete cloud backup for your images, you can just sync through Photo Stream if you like a different backup service. Backing up locally for free is also a great choice by using Time Machine or an external hard drive.
How to manually control iPhone’s image storage
After you’ve successfully set up Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library, here’re the things that you should know to take new photos as well as old ones.
- After taking a photo, it will be saved to your Camera Roll and Photo Stream
Every time you take a photo, it will locally be saved to your iPhone, and then get uploaded to Photo Stream when Wi-Fi is available. Pictures in Photo Stream will also display on all devices synced with your account that have Photo Stream turned on. If you have an iPad or another computer linked, you even get a full access.
- Allows Photo Stream images to sync to your computer.
When a Wi-Fi connection is available, all your images will sync to Photo Stream, where they will then show up on your computer.
- Back up your images
After your Photo Stream images have successfully synced to your Mac, your backup system is ready. If you have iCloud Photo Library enabled and bought enough storage, all photos and videos in your Mac will automatically be backed up to the cloud as well.
Once your images have successfully been synced to your Mac, you can easily delete them from your iOS device. Any image deleted will automatically delete from your Photo Stream as well, so you should make sure that your images must be synced with your Mac.