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Q&A Recommended way to back up large photo/video library on iOS device

As far as I know, Apple iCloud does not offer much of a straightforward way to store a massive photo/video library in the cloud, and offload it from devices. iCloud backup features an "optimize st...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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#1: Initial revision by user avatar Julius H.‭ · 2024-02-15T19:49:44Z (4 months ago)
Recommended way to back up large photo/video library on iOS device
As far as I know, Apple iCloud does not offer much of a straightforward way to store a massive photo/video library in the cloud, and offload it from devices. 

iCloud backup features an "optimize storage" setting on iOS, where lower quality versions of the photos/videos are stored on the device, with higher quality copies in iCloud. Under certain conditions, when the photo/video is used in a certain way, iOS automatically downloads the higher resolution version.

This seems to mean that, with an iCloud+ plan offering 2TB of cloud storage, you could back up all the photos and videos you want, however, I am not sure there would be any way to offload them from a device and keep them only in the cloud. If you have 64GB of storage on an iPhone, and 60GB of photos and videos, you are not able to free up storage on an iPhone without deleting the photos both from your device and from the cloud.

Is that correct?

If so, what is a way to back-up a large photo library, possibly still making use of cloud storage, but without forcing you to have the photos take up space on your iOS devices?

(If you simply turn off iCloud storage for the photos app, you would no longer be able to conveniently sync new photos and videos you are taking to back them up in the cloud.)

Is the only smooth, streamlined solution to take your photo archive off of iCloud and run your own archiving set-up using physical hard drives?