The photos you click on your iPhone are precious memories that you don’t want to lose just because you lost your phone. It’s best to back up your photos. The easiest way to do that is using iCloud.
How iCloud Photos Works
There are many ways that you can back up your photos. You can transfer them to an external drive, your computer, or a third-party backup service. But nothing will work as seamlessly as iCloud Photos.
iCloud is Apple’s own cloud syncing service that lets you securely back up data like photos, messages, and apps to their cloud storage. Once it’s uploaded, this data can be accessed on all of your Apple devices or by using the iCloud website.
iCloud starts you off with 5 GB of free storage. If you have a large photo library, though, you’ll want to upgrade to one of the paid plans. You can get 50 GB of storage for $0.99/month, 200 GB of storage for $2.99/month, and 2 TB of storage for $9.99/month. If you’re using the 200 GB plan or higher, you can share the storage space with your family members.
How to Enable iCloud Photos Backup on iPhone
To get started, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
Go to the “Photos” section.
Tap the toggle next to the “iCloud Photos” option to enable the feature.
And that’s it. Instantly, your iPhone will start uploading photos from your gallery to iCloud.
Customizing and Optimizing Your iCloud Back Up
Once the feature has been enabled, you can customize what happens once the photos are uploaded to iCloud. If your iPhone is running out of storage, you can choose to only keep compressed versions of uploaded photos in your gallery.
In the “Photos” section, choose the “Optimize iPhone Storage” option to keep only compressed versions of photos locally. This feature works automatically and only kicks in when your iPhone is running out of storage space. A full-resolution version of a photo can be downloaded at any time with iCloud.
If you have ample storage space, choose the “Download and Keep Originals” option. As the name suggests, it will keep a complete library of all your photos on the iPhone.
You can also customize how the iCloud Photos feature uses cellular data. On the “Photos” page, go to the “Cellular Data” section (It might be labeled as “Mobile Data” in some regions.).
Here, you can enable or disable the “Cellular Data” (or “Mobile Data”) feature depending on your cellular plan. When it’s disabled, the Photos app will only upload photos when you’re using Wi-Fi.
On the other hand, if you have an unlimited data plan, you can enable the “Unlimited Updates” feature. It uses cellular data to upload and download photos from iCloud without any restrictions.
Now that the feature is set up, any new photo or video will be uploaded to iCloud instantly (along with all of your old photos and videos in the Library). To check the progress, open the Photos app and go to the “Library” tab or the “Recents” photo album. At the bottom, you’ll see the upload progress bar.
If you’re running out of iCloud storage space or if you’re shifting to a different backup service, you can disable iCloud Photos at any time. Open the Settings app, go to the “Photos” section, and tap the toggle next to the “iCloud Photos” option.
Now that your photos are safe and sound, you should spend some time enhancing some of your favorite shots. You don’t even need a third-party app! Just use the built-in editor in the Photos app to apply filters and fine-tune some details. Happy editing!