How to optimize your iPhone photos storage?

There are a couple of ways your iPhone can help you photos storage more efficiently. First, if you have an iPhone 7 or later, you have the option to shoot all your photos in Apple’s new “High Efficiency” mode. Your image quality won’t be affected, but each photos storage takes significantly less space to store. This might be turned on already, but it bears double-checking.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “Camera,” and then tap “Formats.”

3. Make sure that the camera capture mode is set to “High Efficiency.”

In addition, you can tell your phone to store lower resolution versions of your images on the device itself, but to be sure to keep the original full-resolution images in iCloud duplicate photos iphone.  You can save a lot of space this way — potentially gigabytes — but if you share images directly from your phone, you’ll be sharing lower-res versions, so this is admittedly a bit of a compromise. If you want to turn it on, do this:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “iPhone Storage.”

3. To the right of “Optimize Photos,” tap “Enable.”

There’s more. If you take a lot of photos in the iPhone’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, you might be unwittingly saving two copies of each photos storage — the improved HDR photo, and the unretouched original, which you probably don’t need.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “Camera.”

3. Turn off “Keep Normal Photo” by sliding the switch to the left.

Manage your photo and video storage

Learn how photos and videos use your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch storage, ways to save space, and how to upgrade your iCloud photos storage if you’re running out.

The photos, music, apps, and other content that you use and enjoy on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch take up space on your device’s storage capacity. And your device can fill up quickly depending on the size of its storage capacity and how much content you have. If you see a message that your storage is full, you can free up space by managing your duplicate photos and video storage.

Check to see how much storage you have

See how much storage you have left on your device and in iCloud, and which apps use the most space.

Device storage

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.

You might see recommendations for optimizing your storage, a list of your apps, and the amount of space each one uses.

iCloud storage

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap [your name].
  3. Tap iCloud.

You’ll see how much space you have left in iCloud, the apps using your storage, and if you need to upgrade your photos storage plan.

If you’re using iOS 10 or earlier, you’ll see your device and iCloud storage in the same place. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.

Store your photos and videos in iCloud

Your photos and videos are stored on your device in their original, high-resolution version. This means that they use a lot of space on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. With iCloud Photo Library, you can make more space available on your device and have your entire collection, everywhere you go.

Get started with iCloud Photo Library:

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Photos.
  2. Turn on iCloud Photo Library.
  3. Select Optimize iPhone Storage to make more space on your device.

With Optimize photos storage, smaller, space-saving photos and videos are kept on your device while all of your original, full-resolution versions are stored in iCloud. And as long as you have enough space in iCloud, you can store as many photos and videos as you want.

If you need more photo storage

When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage. If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more starting at $0.99 (USD) a month. If you choose a 200GB or 2TB plan, you can share your storage with family.

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