Over the last few months, I’ve shared plenty of photos I’ve captured from my iPhone – It simply is my primary camera I use now. Along with using my iPhone I also have the iCloud Photo Library feature enabled, Apple’s cloud service for a number of reasons.
If you use iCloud chances are you may already use the photo library feature, but if you don’t in this article I will explain what the feature exactly does and why I choose to use it.
With iCloud Photo Library, every single photo, video, time-lapse, etc I capture with my iPhone (or upload) is automatically uploaded to my iCloud storage and automatically pushed to my other devices I use my iCloud with. In this case, I take a photo with my iPhone and it is then automatically displayed on my iPad and my MacBook in the exact way it was captured. There is more to it than just syncing of photos …
Editing is sometimes a lot better to do on a big display (my 15-inch MacBook Pro or my iPad Pro) and when I choose to do so the photos are already there ready to go. When I make an edit to a photo it is automatically updated across my devices including back to my iPhone.
The other big advantage is it’s essentially an automatic backup service – I won’t lose a photo again. I can’t even imagine how I’d feel if I was to ever lose my memories I’ve captured over the years. By having all my photos in my iCloud storage it means if I lost my iPhone, or it was stolen I can simply log in to my iCloud on a new iPhone and the photos will start to download.
Another big advantage is great for those who run out of storage space. iCloud Photo Library will store the full original file however if your device starts to run out of space it will start to only store lightweight versions of the photos n that device which take up much less space.
iCloud is free with 5GB of storage but you’ll likely fill that pretty quickly so you will need to pay for more storage. Storage plans are available with 50GB, 200GB, 1000GB (1TB), and a new just released the other day 2000GB(2TB) but in my opinion, it’s worth paying for the photos to be safe and backed up alone. I personally use the 200GB plan for A$4.49/month and still have more than 100GB left.
- All my photos are displayed automatically on all my devices
- Edits are updated and reflected across all my devices, I can also revert back to the original file.
- My photos are automatically backed-up to my iCloud
- Automatically frees up space on my device
- All images are held in their original formats at full resolution — JPEG, RAW, PNG, GIF, TIFF and MP4, as well as special formats like slow motion, time-lapse, 4K videos and Live Photos.
You can learn more about the feature including additional features I have not mentioned in this article, how you can get started, and storage pricing from the Apple website.