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Question: Why is it not possible to see your photos when you are not connected to the internet?

I can not see my pictures when I do not have Wi-Fi. I could do it before the last updates. What can I do?

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Apr 23, 2018 7:12 AM in response to noa255 In response to noa255

If you have iCloud Drive library for photos connected to your device, you should be able to see all of your current photos that are synced, from the last time your device was connected to the internet.


What would happen is, if you click on a photo that isn’t downloaded in photos, you will be able to see it fullsize, but it will look pixel and low resolution. And show a circle at the bottom right with a exclamation mark. This means it can not be downloaded at this time. It will do this for all photos on iOS and macOS.


The only way you wont see any photos is if the device you uploaded from is still syncing, and or the device that you are viewing on never had a chance to download the previews from the new photos before it is was disconnected from the internet.


I have almost 25,000 photos in my iCloud Drive photos library, and not always connected to the internet when i view them in photos. I also run 4 devices to sync my photos library. I can view photos, I just cant edit them if the device isn’t not connected to the internet.

Apr 23, 2018 7:12 AM

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Apr 24, 2018 3:40 PM in response to noa255 In response to noa255

If you always want to be able to work with your photos, independent of network access, you shuld not use the "Optimize Storage" option. Do not keep more photos in your photos Library than will fit onto your iPhone.


Or allow Photos to use the cellular connection to download photos from iCloud. But that may become very expensive.

https://help.apple.com/iphone/11/#/iph961b96c4dhttps://help.apple.com/iphone/11/#/iph961b96c4d

Note: To always use cellular data to upload and download from iCloud Photo Library, go to Settings > Photos > Cellular Data, then turn on Unlimited Updates.

Apr 24, 2018 3:40 PM

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Question: Why is it not possible to see your photos when you are not connected to the internet?