Apple released iPhone 6S and 6S Plus last year and introduced Live Photos feature with iOS 9.1. Live Photos is an exclusive feature for iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as it requires 3D Touch to work. Live Photos are GIF like short videos and you can turn on and off the feature while using Camera App. Live Photos take more space than regular photos taken using iPhone camera app.
I was taking many Live Photos using my iPhone 6S for the past couple of weeks and wondered where to upload Live Photos online and save storage space locally in my iPhone. If you are a person like me who don’t use iCloud for uploading Photos and Videos to Backup for accessing it later, then this article should help you find some alternative to iCloud for Live Photos backup and other suggestions.
I am not a big fan of iCloud and always prefer third party Online Photo Hosting services to upload my photos and backup. Flickr is my favorite choice when it comes to Photo Uploading service for iPhone which stores the photos without compressing.
For Regular Photos (non Live Photos) and Videos Backup from iPhone, Download Flickr App for iPhone today and upload Photos up to 1 Terabyte (1024 GB) size which usually takes several years for me to reach the limit. There are other options, such as Dropbox, One Drive, Box.com and few other cloud storage services to upload and backup photos from your iPhone. Unfortunately, these cloud storage services are not yet compatible for Live Photos and turns your Live Photos Dead Flat once you uploaded to your account.
These cloud storage services do have an iPad App, so that you can view the uploaded photos and videos with your family on bigger screen.
Photos App (OS X El Capitan)
If you are using Mac OS X El Capitan and like taking backup locally, then consider using the Photos App in your Mac Computer. You can double click on the Live Photos to playback the short video and in this way you can safely store and backup all your Live Photos taken using iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Once you have connected your iPhone, let Photos App launch automatically. If it didn’t open automatically then search in spotlight for “Photos” and launch the app.
How to Backup Live Photos in Mac?
On the Import tab, select the Live Photos you want to Backup. Ofcourse, you may choose regular Photos and Videos to Backup locally in your Mac computer hard disk drive. The live photos are playable only using Photos app.
If your iPhoto App or Photos App consuming more storage in your Mac Hard Drive, then it may be storing cache files and duplicates of Photos and Videos you have uploaded in hidden directories. You can clean those temporary files and many other junk files to free up disk space and run OS X faster and smoother all the time.
Read about Cleanmymac 3 Review and see how good it is in keeping your Mac clean and system performance always faster.
Alright, so here are two top photo sharing services that currently supports backup of Live Photos taken using iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus.
Apple’s native Cloud Storage service that you can totally trust and upload the Live Photos for Syncing across your iOS devices and OS X as well. You can configure the Photo Sync option whenever you want inside “Settings – iCloud – Photos” in your iOS device.
iCloud is definitely the best choice and should be your primary choice as you can setup automatic backup and sync photos across your iPhone, iPad and Mac computers for anytime, anywhere access. iCloud has 5 GB Free storage limit and you can always purchase extra iCloud storage right from the iCloud menu under settings. Apple has made it cheaper in their last iCloud pricing update approximately at the end of September 2015.
50 GB – $0.99
200 GB – $2.99
1 TB – $9.99
You can also manually select the Live Photos and upload it to iCloud.com with an album name. You can then easily share those live photos with your friends or via private share link whenever you want. This way you can easily organize the Live Photos taken using iPhone 6S.
The first third party service that supports Live Photos upload and backup from iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is Google Photos. This refreshed, redesigned wonderful online photo hosting service launched by Google in the end of 2015 and became popular among Android users. Ofcourse, many iPhone users who switched from Android are still using Google Photos App for iPhone. If you haven’t tried this unlimited photo uploading storage service for iPhone and iPad, then give it a try now.
Free and Unlimited Photo Uploading term has a catch, which Google made it only for photos in High Quality that are also compressed and optimized once you uploaded to Google Photos. You can configure that option under Google Photos Settings tab.
All your photos are beautifully organized date wise and you can manage your photos albums in your iPhone, iPad and in the Web as well. Photo Assistant feature helps you create stories, animations, collages, panoramas, movies and more in few taps on the screen. Backup feature allows you to setup automatic backup and sync to upload all your photos from Camera Roll to your Google Photos Storage account.
Download Google Photos App for iPhone
We expect more leading photo sharing services to start support Live Photos in coming days. Such as Flickr, Dropbox Photos, Box.com and others. We will update this post when as they start supporting backup of Live Photos and mean time, you can try the suggested Photo Sharing services and suggestions to backup Live Photos taken using your iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
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