How to free up storage space with iCloud Photos optimized storage?(Mac)

iCloud PhotosA problem that we all may run into sometimes when using a Mac device is that it may run out of storage. It occurs frequently with users who have 128 GB or 256 GB versions. This storage space is pretty low due to which most of us encounter this error.

When a user encounters such an error the first they do is that check their storage space. Sometimes any other app can be the reason that it may be consuming too much of your storage space but if the reason is the Photos app then there is a very good solution for that.

With this solution, you will be able to keep all of your Photos on your Mac device and also free up the storage space.

This method requires an iCloud account and iCloud Photo Library enabled. Do note that if you have a large number of photos that may exceed the iCloud Drive’s storage then you might have to pay to upgrade your subscription plan.

When you follow this method then this will save the storage space on your Mac device by keeping smaller, more efficient sized versions on your Mac while full-resolution and original sized version will be available on iCloud Drive and if the iCloud Drive gets filled up then you have to upgrade your subscription plan.

However, if you have a sufficient amount of storage space then it will store full-resolution versions on both iCloud and your Mac.


How to free up storage space with iCloud Photos optimized storage?

On your Mac;

  1. Open the Photos app.iCloud-Optimise-Storage-3
  2. On the upper left corner, tap on Photos.
  3. Click on Preferences.iCloud-Optimise-Storage-2
  4. If iCloud Photo Library is enabled then click on Optimize Mac Storage.iCloud-Optimise-Storage-1

Now, the Optimize Storage for your Mac will be enabled and if you are running on low storage space then it will clear up some of the space by using the iCloud Drive.

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