Apple’s iCloud Photo Library is tightly integrated with Apple devices and works with the native Photos App to safely store all your Photos from iPhone, iPad and Mac to iCloud. So, let us take a look at how to upload photos to iCloud Photo Library.
Upload Photos to iCloud Photo Library
Before uploading Photos to iCloud Photo Library, you need to make sure that you have enough storage in your iCloud Account.
While Apple provides 5 GB of free Storage Space on iCloud, this is not going to be enough for storing all your Photos and Videos on iCloud.
Hence, you need to think in terms of adding more storage to your iCloud Account by subscribing to paid iCloud storage plans, which are available at affordable rates.
How to Buy More iCloud Storage Space
To buy more iCloud Storage, tap on Settings > iCloud > Storage > Buy More Storage
On the next screen, choose your storage plan and tap on the Buy link located at the upper right corner of your screen.
When prompted, Sign-in to your iCloud account and complete the purchase.
Now that you have sufficient iCloud storage space, you are all set to upload photos to iCloud Photo Library.
Upload Photos From iPhone to iCloud Photo Library
All that is required to upload Photos from iPhone or iPad to iCloud Photo Library is to simply turn ON iCloud Photo Library option on your iOS device.
Open Settings on your iPhone, scroll down and tap on the Photos option.
On the Photos screen, enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone by moving the toggle to ON Position.
On the same screen, you need to choose either to “Optimize iPhone Storage” or to “Download and Keep Originals” option.
Optimize iPhone Storage: Choose this default option, in case your iPhone does not have enough storage space to keep original high resolution images.
If you choose this option, high resolution Photos on your iPhone will be replaced with optimized and compressed versions. A Copy of Full resolution images will be stored in iCloud
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.
Upload Photos From Mac to iCloud Photo Library
To upload photos from Mac to iCloud Photo Library, open the Photos app on your Mac either by clicking on the Photos Icon located in the Dock of your Mac or by using Launch Pad.
Once the Photos App is open, click on the Photos option in the top menu-bar of your Mac and then Click on Preferences… in the drop-down menu.
On the next screen, click on the iCloud tab and check the iCloud Photo Library option (See image below).
Once you select iCloud Photo Library option, the Photos App will begin the process of uploading all the Photos from your Mac to iCloud Photo Library.
On the same screen, you will have to choose where you want to keep original high resolution images and whether you want to Share your iCloud Photo Library.
Download Originals to Mac: Choose this option if you want to keep a copy of original Photos, both on Mac and also on iCloud.
Optimize Mac Storage: Choose this option, in case you have limited storage capacity on your Mac. This will cause original full resolution Photos to be stored on iCloud and if space permits a copy of the original images will also be kept on your Mac.
iCloud Photo Sharing: Choose this option, in case you want to Share Photos with your friends and family by inviting them to a shared Folder on iCloud Drive.
Advantages of Uploading Photos to iCloud Photo Library
The clear advantage of enabling iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone is that you will be able take as many photos as you want on your iPhone, without have to worry about the storage capacity of your device.
Once your Photos are uploaded to iCloud, you will be able to access your Photos from any device and from anywhere in the world.
Any changes that you make to Photos on iCloud Photo Library will be synced across all your devices. For example, if you take a new Photo on iPhone, the Photo will also be available on your Mac.
If you Edit any Photo on Mac, the changes made to the Photo will be synced across all devices, allowing you to see the latest edited Photo on iPhone, iPad, iPod and your computer.