Does icloud photos strip any metadata or change the quality? The camera roll adds 30 gb to my backup and seems unnecessary.

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"iCloud is sync, not backup" that is an argument I've heard whenever things go wrong in iCloud syncing etc. Backup is always good. You'd value it when you'd need it.

Does icloud photos strip any metadata or change the quality?

None that I've observed so far. All my photos sync across iPhone and Mac and I do edits etc., on both of them. Metadata is not lost.

  • Yeah that makes sense. Since I have another device (macbook) that i have set to download full quality images from icloud photos then that adds enough redundancy to let me turn off camera roll from icloud backups. I think that's a reasonable approach.
    – clifton
    Sep 21, 2019 at 17:37
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    @clifton I just re-read my answer. I messed up the crucial part in the first line.. Please re-check .
    – anki
    Sep 21, 2019 at 17:41
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    Essential difference, yup.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 21, 2019 at 17:44
  • @Tetsujin that made later half (" You' value it when you'd need it.")redundant too. I hope not many people read it in 16 minutes.
    – anki
    Sep 21, 2019 at 17:45
  • People only understand the meaning of backup once they loose everything...
    – Solar Mike
    Sep 21, 2019 at 18:54

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