How to Store Photos on iCloud & Save Space on iPhone

For most iPhone users, the greatest concern with storage space is photos. We cannot deny the great cameras that iPhones possess and you can’t resist taking photos of every joyful moment.

When there are so many photos on your iPhone and you wouldn’t want to delete them, you might want to consider backups. Apple’s iCloud offers a backup for all your photos. You can easily store photos on iCloud when it is turned on.


Part 1 How to Store Photos on iCloud

Photos are perhaps a big burden to your storage. iCloud Photo Library will have all your photos backed up automatically online. Here is a simple process for storing your photos on iCloud.

  1. Go to "Settings > Photos & Camera" on your iPhone.
  2. Disable "iCloud Photo Library".
  3. Choose "Optimize iPhone Storage" option.

Once you’ve completed the three simple steps, you’re good to go. iCloud will take over the automatic back up of full resolution older images while storing the most recent photos locally on your device. The process of storing photos in iCloud might take some time for changes to be noticeable. Hence don’t despair should you not see an initial drop in your iCloud storage space.

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But iCloud just offers you 5GB free space. If you need more, you need to change the space plan.

  1. Go to "Settings > iCloud > Storage".
  2. Click "Buy More Storage" and you can upgrade iCloud storage.

You can switch to 50GB or 200GB storage plan, which respectively priced at $0.99 and $2.99$ per month.

Part 2 How to Quickly Save iPhone Photo Storage

To avoide the restrictions of iCloud, it is also good to store your photos to computer and delete them from your iPhone. Then you will have more free space. In this case, iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac offers such solution for you. You can do all the things on it.

iMyFone Umate Pro is a professional iOS data eraser with all-in-one solution to save space, speed up iOS device and permanently delete iOS data. You can do a lot of things to manage your iPhone photo with it.

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  • You can choose to export photos to computer in bulk only.
  • You can back up photos to computer and automatically delete the original photos from iPhone.
  • You can back up photos to computer and losslessly compress original photos on iPhone to save 75% photo space. No visible quality will be damaged.
  • You can also clean up all photo cache to optimize your iPhone performance.

So how can we losslessly compress photos on iPhone?

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iMyFone Umate Pro. You will be in the interface of "1-Click Free Up Space".

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Step 2:Choose "Backup & Compress" option. It will start to export your iPhone photos to computer and then compress them.

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But you you want to export photos to computer or back up and delete photos, you can choose the second option "Backup & Delete".

Besides, iMyFone Umate Pro still has the ability to permanently delete photos from your iPhone without zero chance of recovery. If you concern much about your privata data, you should consider this feature. (Note that, manually deleting photos or using "1-Click Free Up Space" is not permanent. It is still possible to recover.)

  • Permanently Delete Photos: You can preview and select unwanted photos to permanently delete. The selected photos will be overwritten to be completely gone, 100% unrecoverable.
  • Permanently Erase Previously Deleted Photos: It is the best way to make sure your deleted photos is 100% safe. You previously deleted photos which are still under the risk of recovery will be found out and completely deleted. Then no recovery tool can recover the deleted photos.
  • Permanently Delete WhatsApp & WeChat Photos: When communicating through WeChat or WhatsApp, we all like to share photos with others. Even when you manually photos from WeChat and WhatsApp, it is still possible to run recovery tool to retrieve. But now they can be found out and permanently deleted.

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Part 3 3 Tricks to Save Space on iPhone

Apart from storing photos on iCloud, there are more tricks you can use to save more of your space on your iPhone.

1 Uninstall Useless Apps

This is one of the most evident trick but also the most forgotten one by many people. Apps that are not needed on your iPhone consume more space as well as your phone memory. If you do not need an app, simply uninstall it to save your precious space.

2 Save the HDR Photos Only

Every new photo captured on iPhone is saved as two images, meaning that your space is consumed twice as fast. iPhone enables you to take 3 different images at different exposures and then combined to the best one. When you take HDR image, the non-HDR image also gets saved automatically. Disabling this feature will let you save more space.

Go to the Settings then Photos & Camera and switch off the Keep Normal Photo option.

3 Clean Junk & Temp Files

There are a lot of junk files and temporary files on your iPhone which consume much of your space. These files may be deleted from apps, videos, photos, eBooks and many more. You can use iMyFone Umate Pro to quickly scan your device for such files and then delete them.

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