iCloud Photos feature on iPhone allows you to directly upload photos from your device to Apple’s cloud servers. You will find below the steps to setup and use iCloud Photos on iPhone or iPad.
Setup & Use iCloud Photos on iPhone and iPad
The idea behind iCloud Photos is to allow Apple device users to store all their Photos & Videos on iCloud and be able to access them on any device, anywhere in the World.
Once iCloud Photos is enabled, all the Photos and Videos that you take using the Camera App on your iPhone get automatically uploaded to your iCloud Account.
If iCloud Photos is enabled on other devices, any change that you make to Photos on one device gets synced across all your devices sharing the same Apple ID.
For example, if you take a new Photo on iPhone, the Photo will be immediately available on your iPad, iPod and Mac.
Extend iPhone Storage Using iCloud Photos.
iCloud Photos allows you to bypass the limited storage capacity of your iPhone by using iCloud Photos as an extended storage for your iPhone.
For example, you can take as many photos as you want on iPhone, upload them to iCloud Photos and delete them from your device to create storage space for shooting more Photos.
This way you can by-pass the storage limits of your device and take an unlimited number of Photos.
Setup iCloud Photos on iPhone and iPad
Since, Apple starts all iPhone users with 5 GB Free storage on iCloud, you already have an iCloud Account.
Sign-in to your iCloud Account on iPhone by using your Apple ID Password and follow the steps below to Setup iCloud Photos on your device.
1. Open Settings > scroll down and tap on Photos.
2. On the Photos screen, enable iCloud Photos by moving the toggle to ON Position.
On the same screen, you can choose from the following options to store original Photos on your device.
Optimize iPhone Storage: If iPhone has less storage space, this default option replaces the original full resolution Photos on your device with compressed versions, optimized for storage.
Download and Keep Originals: When this option is selected, original full resolution images will be kept both on iCloud and also on the internal storage of your iPhone.
Once, iCloud Photos is enabled on iPhone, your device will start uploading Photos to iCloud, whenever it is connected to WiFi and you are not using the Photos App.
Use Either WiFi or Cellular Data to Upload Photos
By default, iPhone uses WiFi Network to transfer Photos to iCloud, but you can also use cellular data to upload Photos.
If you are on a limited data plan, make sure that your iPhone is not using expensive cellular data to upload Photos to iCloud.
1. Go to Settings > Photos > scroll down and tap on Cellular Data.
2. On the Cellular Data screen, disable Cellular Data usage for Photos App by moving the toggle to OFF position.
After this setting, your iPhone will never upload Photos and Videos to iCloud using cellular data.