It’s No Secret That Ever Since ios 8 iCloud Photo Backups Aggressively Hog Network Bandwidth
Yet, Apple has not addressed the problem, leaving thousands of users with so little bandwidth it’s oftentimes impossible to even stream Netflix. You know things are bad when you can’t even stream Netflix, because that’s the one streaming service that’s a master at managing bandwidth!
The More Apple Mobile Devices There Are In A Household, The Bigger the Problem Is
But web searches for solutions yield little in terms of results. That’s why I decided to write this short post. There’s no effective method of halting iCloud photo uploads temporarily. Any attempt to do this can actually make the situation much worse by potentially invoking entirely new upload and download streams of large libraries.
I ran across a simple solution that we use on a daily basis. We’ll continue to do so until either Apple fixes the problem or we mange to optimize our bandwidth by throttling iCloud photo activity.
Airplane Mode Comes to the Rescue!
The solution is to place any and all devices into Airplane mode until a time that network resources are no longer actively needed…probably when everyone goes to sleep. It’s not an elegant or brilliant solution, but it is a simple one and it does the trick!