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Feature Request: Keep recent and favorite photos and video on the iPhone

Added 08-10-22 10:31:01am EST - “If there's anything in the Photos app I'm likely to want to view on my iPhone, it's going to be my recent and favorite photos. Yet currently, the only way I can be sure of being able to do so with or without a mobile data connection…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Feature Request: Keep recent and favorite photos and video on the iPhone”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

If there’s anything in the Photos app I’m likely to want to view on my iPhone, it’s going to be my recent and favorite photos. Yet currently, the only way I can be sure of being able to do so with or without a mobile data connection is if I keep local copies of everything.

That’s because Apple offers only a binary choice: Keep all photos and video in local storage on your phone, or let the iPhone automatically manage things, deciding for itself when to offload storage to iCloud-only …

Automatic management of iPhone storage is, of course, a very Apple approach. The company likes to hide technical stuff from users, so just slide the toggle to Optimize Storage and let the iPhone take care of it.

But, like many Apple features, it appears to have been designed by someone who has never left the always-connected environment of Silicon Valley.

I recently wanted to show someone a video I’d shot on my iPhone. But despite the fact that it was a short video taken just a few days earlier, and I was using only 161GB of storage on my 256GB phone, iOS had decided to delete the local copy. Since we were not on wi-fi, and in a location with poor mobile data coverage, viewing the 4K video proved impossible.

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