Is iCloud useless or am I? Techy help needed....

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SophiaNeuning
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I've hit the age old problem of having no storage left on my iPhone, with my photos taking up the majority of space (other than the ever mysterious 'documents & data'. I have a lot of iCloud storage left so the answer seemed simple at first, delete all the photos from my phone, put them on USB, put them on my mac, and most importantly keep them safe in the iCloud.

However, apparently, if I delete them from my phone they are also deleted from iCloud? Apparently, iCloud isn't for extra storage that goes beyond what our little iPhones are for, it's instead for 'transferring' high quantities of data, or so I read on those rabbit hole like apple advice forums.

So if I delete photos from my phone, but keep them on my mac, they are regardless gone from the iCloud, is this correct? If there are payed for iCloud storage plans available it really seems like you should be able to manage what photos/media/etc you are keeping and where?

If this seems obvious to you TSRians, then yes I am this stupid, but please just offer me some advice on what I can do about my storage situation? It's 00:52, so it's literally keeping me up at night..
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Thank you, I will try and keep them safe on my mac. I had really hoped the iCloud would be a place of assurance, where I know they can be stored and if my mac and usb fails on me at least they'll be there. Annoyingly iCloud seems a bit watery and hard to nail down. I have 16gbs, cannot afford 32gb iPhone atm.
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I have the same problem as you and I've read that Google Photos is a great alternative - it's free and has unlimited storage! I've had great experience using Google Drive for school work of various sizes so I think Google Photos will do the job. Just need to get down to downloading it first.
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(Original post by SophiaNeuning)
Hi,

I've hit the age old problem of having no storage left on my iPhone, with my photos taking up the majority of space (other than the ever mysterious 'documents & data'. I have a lot of iCloud storage left so the answer seemed simple at first, delete all the photos from my phone, put them on USB, put them on my mac, and most importantly keep them safe in the iCloud.

However, apparently, if I delete them from my phone they are also deleted from iCloud? Apparently, iCloud isn't for extra storage that goes beyond what our little iPhones are for, it's instead for 'transferring' high quantities of data, or so I read on those rabbit hole like apple advice forums.

So if I delete photos from my phone, but keep them on my mac, they are regardless gone from the iCloud, is this correct? If there are payed for iCloud storage plans available it really seems like you should be able to manage what photos/media/etc you are keeping and where?

If this seems obvious to you TSRians, then yes I am this stupid, but please just offer me some advice on what I can do about my storage situation? It's 00:52, so it's literally keeping me up at night..
Switch to Onedrive. You get 100GB free, and if you sync your phone's data with Onedrive, it will not disappear unless you go directly to one drive and delete it manually.
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