Can I use iCloud as external storage?

Bit confused about iCloud! Can I use it to store things like photos to save space on my iPhone? Or is it more like an iTunes backup?

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 16, 2014 at 19:50

It's more like an iTunes or OneDrive backup, but you can see your iCloud photo library while you're online. I wouldn't rely on it. Get the biggest model iPhone or iPad you can possibly afford. What could is the cloud when you're on a bad connection, or when, it happened, the cloud experiences 'difficulties'?

JoolsG4  Dec. 17, 2014 at 08:36

iCloud is many things - not just one.

It backs up your phone (similar to iTunes but wirelessly over the Internet to Apple's servers).

It also offers iCloud Drive, which allows you to save documents etc. from compatible apps to the iCloud server so they are available to open on your other iOS devices and Macs.

You can also store photos in the iCloud Photo Library, automatically upload photos you take to the iCloud PhotoStream (so they can instantly be viewed/downloaded on other iOS devices/Macs) and share photos with others.

It can also store your music for streaming to your phone using iTunes Match (subscription service).

It also stores your contacts, calendars, email, reminders and keeps them up-to-date across all your iOS devices, Macs and PCs.

Finally, iCloud offers data syncing functions to many apps and games for keeping virtually anything in sync between multiple copies of the same app on different devices.

The iPhone will cache a certain amount of data from iCloud so that at least the most recently accessed data is available offline.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 17, 2014 at 09:48


It backs up your phone (similar to iTunes but wirelessly over the Internet to Apple's servers).
A dangerous statement. Both true and misleading. An iTunes backup can save your phone when nothing goes....when it freezes; when your network connections won't work etc etc.
The iCloud "backup" is 100% USELESS in those cases.

iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive.... etc... All good. They all offer something extra. NONE however replace, or will EVER replace a proper, local backup. And I'd argue further that NONE of those services can adequately substitute for proper local storage.

JoolsG4  Jan. 3, 2015 at 10:11

Dangerous?! Hardly...

An iTunes backup and an iCloud backup are EQUALLY useless if your phone is in a non-working condition. In such cases, before being able to restore a backup (either from iTunes or iCloud) you need to have a bootable, working phone as the backup is restored after the boot up process.

If you're imagining phone faults that would prevent an iCloud backup from working, then you should also imagine other faults such as non-working lightning port. A local iTunes backup is 100% USELESS and couldn't "save your phone" in that case either.

dizzyfishy  Jan. 3, 2015 at 11:19

How good is iCloud when you have to put your iphone in recovery mode? not at all.


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