Among Apple’s most popular services when it comes to image collection is definitely iCloud Photos , a great feature for viewing your entire library at a glance from any device connected with the same Apple ID. It comes at a price: you must have an internet connection to take advantage of the service’s cloud storage.
If you obviously have a Wi-Fi connection most of the time, this might not be a big deal, but if you’re among those who tend to watch a lot of pictures and videos from smartphones on the go, then you might run into some data connection issues. Photos from iCloud, in fact, could put a big strain on your data plan consumption. Here’s how.
First, open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down to the bottom, making sure you are in the “All Photos” section at
From here, you can click on the “Pause” button, a feature that only appears when there are actually photos, or videos, that the terminal is uploading to the cloud. At this point click on Pause to stop the upload process.
Go to Settings and scroll down to the Photos option.
At this point go to “Mobile Data” and deactivate the corresponding button. This way, when the Cellular Data switch is turned off, you’ll be limiting updates to when you can access the Wi-Fi network, so you can make sure you don’t use up your data plan. The option extends ovvialy to shared albums, and iCloud photos.
On the other hand, you can enable the Unlimited Updates switch and option. Enabling this option, however, will allow you to use unlimited cellular data to upload and download content to iCloud Photos, as long as you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection. Turning this switch on, however, is likely to drain your data plan much faster.
Of course, in case you get an error while trying to download an older image or video, then the advice is to temporarily turn on the “Unlimited Updates” switch. Remember, however, to turn it off so as not to consume your data plan.