I don't need my iPhone 6 to store full-res versions of all the photos and videos I've taken over the years, so I've enabled iCloud Photo Library and Optimize iPhone Storage. Unfortunately, enabling optimization means that even new photos get uploaded immediately, and it's not uncommon for me to review my photos at the end of a day only to have to wait a few seconds for each to be downloaded at a suitable resolution to view on my phone. This is very annoying.

I'd like a way to store full-res photos/videos on my phone for some time period I choose--a week, say. After that, the usual optimization would kick in: keep low-res versions on the phone, store full-res versions in the cloud, download full-res versions on demand. Is there a way to make this happen, either using stock iOS apps or perhaps a third-party app like Google Photos?


I have the use of cellular data to upload photos/videos enabled, because I want to get my images into the cloud as quickly as possible, in case my phone gets lost or stolen between times when I have wifi access. By the time I get to wifi access (e.g., at the end of the day after a hike), my photos have typically already been uploaded.

  • I can’t reproduce at all the “download” issue and in fact, my device often says that uploads are paused to save energy and/or network when I take 60 images and I’m without WiFi. Is your device perhaps chronically low on space? If so, you just might need to free up several GB so the device doesn’t jettison storage as soon as it’s added. If this is the cause - I can make a proper answer, but without knowing your phone capacity and free space, I’m speculating why you are seeing what I underastand as non-default behavior. – bmike May 28 '18 at 17:42
  • My phone says I've used 53.9GB of 64GB. – KnowItAllWannabe May 28 '18 at 17:56

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