With iCloud came Fotos en Streaming, a functionality that allows us to have all our photos on the devices that are associated, and correctly configured, with our iCloud account.
So, quickly and easily, any photo taken or imported will be available on all other devices almost instantly. In spite of this, I think there are users who are not interested and the reasons are varied. That’s why, some weeks ago, I decided to migrate and stop using Streaming Photos in favor of Dropbox.
Streaming photos, the reason to stop using it
Streaming photos is a good idea, I’ve already mentioned it. The comfort with which you access the photos from any correctly configured device is really useful. But there is a problem, only through the appropriate apps we can access Photos in Streaming . That is to say, from a Mac we will be able to see the Photos in Streaming by means of iPhoto or Aperture. If you use these apps is fine but if not better alternatives.
Another drawback of the service is the memory space it takes up on our iOS device. Every photo we upload to Photo Streaming is duplicated, so if we keep it on the reel we will have two “equal” files occupying more memory.
I say “same” because the photos in Streaming Photos are resized when loaded on iOS devices. Thus, a photo on the reel has a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels while in PhotoStream they go to 2048×1536 pixels allowing a reduction in size, from an average of 2MB to 1MB.
So, if we keep the thousand photos supported by PhotoStream on the iOS reel we’ll be busy with about 3GB. An additional gigabyte that in devices with less capacity can be useful for other data or apps.
Migrating from Streaming Photos to Dropbox
The use of Pictures in Streaming that I have been doing lately has been more as a backup than to share with other users or to view on various devices associated with my Apple ID. Therefore, I decided to opt, back, to the option that Dropbox included some time ago, Camera Upload . This feature also allows us to expand the free space in our Dropbox account.
The first thing we need to do is disable Photo Streaming. To do this, go to Settings, iCloud, Photos and then deactivate My Streaming Photos. Removing the Photo Stream load does not mean that we cannot use the shared Photo Streams. From now on, no photos will be uploaded to iCloud.
Now it’s Dropbox’s turn. We installed the iOS application and in the configuration we enabled the automatic image upload. Here it is important to check only the Wifi option . Our photos and videos will be uploaded as soon as we have the device connected to a wireless network.
Then on our computer or from any other computer we can access our Dropbox account to download the files if we need them. Also, in iOS, images are never stored in our terminal unless we want them to be. So it will not occupy the memory available for other data.
Advantages and disadvantages
Cómo compartir fotos con el Apple TV
Opting for Dropbox instead of Streaming Photos has its advantages and disadvantages . The ability to view our photos on all our devices without having to do anything is very useful. The problem is that we depend on compatible apps. In my case, I use Lightroom as a photo manager, which is not so efficient. With Dropbox I gain versatility, the manager and visualization of multimedia files has improved a lot and it is more comfortable than Photos in Streaming.
The drawback is that I can’t see the photos from the Apple TV. But actually, when I show them I usually use AirPlay or they are in my Flickr account.
In the end, it’s all a matter of assessment. One of the advantages of Dropbox is that it allows you to create a service similar to Photos on Streaming for Android devices, something that many appreciate when using a Mac but having an Android terminal. For the time being, even if I only have Apple devices, I will continue with Dropbox and leave Photos on Streaming. And you?