Keep Everything Backed up to iCloud Photo Library Even When You are Not Connected to Wi-Fi, Here’s How

Feb 3, 2020
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Here's how you can enable unlimited updates / uploads and downloads for iCloud Photo Library on both iPhone and iPad running iOS 13 / iPadOS.

Enable Unlimited Updates for iCloud Photo Library and Have Your Photos and Videos Synced to iCloud Without Connecting to Wi-Fi

In order to preserve battery life and your cellular data, Apple syncs your photos and videos to your iCloud Photo Library once you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, by default. But, if you have a monstrous data allowance on your iPhone or iPad, then it's a good idea to enable the Unlimited Updates feature and keep your data synced at all times. This means that you don't have to rely on a Wi-Fi connection at all in order to save your photos and videos to the cloud when you are out and about. But at the same time, it also means that you will be straining your battery life a lot while burning through your data allowance if you take loads and loads of photos and videos.

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Tutorial

Note: If you are not an iCloud Photo Library user then this tutorial does not apply to you.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app.

Step 2. Scroll down and then tap on Photos.

Step 3. Tap on Cellular Data.

Step 4. Now turn on the Unlimited Updates option.

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Enable Unlimited Updates for iCloud Photo Library

That's it. Whether you are on Wi-Fi or cellular, your iPhone or iPad will now keep on syncing your photos and videos to iCloud Photo Library. Again, while this feature seems pretty handy, and it is, but it will burn through your data allowance and battery life at a rapid pace. Only enable the Unlimited Updates option if you have a chunky cellular data allowance from your carrier.

Personally, I leave the Unlimited Updates toggle switch turned on. It's rare that I take a lot of photos using my phone or tablet, but when I do, I would prefer they crawl up to iCloud as soon as possible rather than being delayed because of Wi-Fi. But that is just me, how would you prefer your data to be handled?

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