Using iPhone Shared Stream as Photo backup

Like many others, I find I'm always struggling to free up space on my 16GB iPhone 5s. I am wondering if this tactic will work:

Can I add ALL of my photos to a Shared Stream (iCloud Photo Sharing), then delete them from my camera roll. I've tried this on a limited basis and it seems to work, but I'm not sure if there is some limit as to how long photos deleted from the camera roll will remain on the shared stream.

It would be a bad move to assume this will work, and lose all of my photos. Will this safely work?

Thanks in advance!
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Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
A shared iCloud album will not count against your iCloud storage and won't be deleted, so in that way it's a great backup of your photos. The downside is that you can't edit the photos in the Shared Stream unless you re-add them to your Camera Roll.

I'd suggest two other methods that will work more seamlessly:
1) buy a 20gb or 200gb iCloud plan ($1 and $4/mo, respectively) and turn on iCloud Photo Library (Settings > Photos), then select "optimize iPhone storage". This will upload all of your phone's photos to the cloud, they will remain editable and viewable on other devices, and the phone will automatically manage the storage to make sure you never run out!
2) use Flickr or Amazon Photos to upload all pictures as you take them. They will be safely backed up there but it's not as convenient to edit and curate them.

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datastarstarAuthor Commented:
Option #1 sounds perfect. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions -- you made it very easy!
Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
Great! You're welcome :)
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