Annoying iPhone photo import bug. DUPLICATES!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cosmic68, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. cosmic68 macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2007

    I moved from iPhoto to Photos when it came out. I have this annoying problem though-everytime i connect my iPhone 6 Plus-it wants to re-import pictures that are already on my iMac. They appear in the lower panel as 'new photos'. They are not new-they are in my library on the iMac already. The photos on my iPhone came from iCloud, which in turn were from the iMac. If I do it-it just creates a duplicate in my library.

    Is this the same behaviour for everyone else? There is a row of photos along the top of Photos app on Mac, correctly identified as 'already imported' when I connect my iPhone, but for some reason-there is a ton below it asking to be imported.

    I have wiped my phone clean-but when i turn on iCloud Photo Library the problem comes back.

    My iMac was on Yosemite and now on El Capitan (same problem on both) and my iPhone was on iOS8 and 9 (same problem on both also).

    I've narrowed it down to the fact if I view a photo on my iPad or iPhone and you get the white download-ball symbol in the bottom right corner-when you next plug iDevice into Mac and Photos opens up-it treats it as a brand new picture and asks if I want to import it. This can't be normal?

  2. cosmic68 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2007
    I've worked out that if I view an already imported photo on my iPhone-its seems to download it to the phone, then when i next connect my iPhone to my iMac-Apple Photots wants to re-import it as new.

    Even though it's already in the library on the Mac....

    I've tried wiping my iPhone clean and restarting from new and it still does this. It also does it (to a lesser extent) on my iPad.

    Anyone clever out there can work this out for me?
  3. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    Had the same issue, just unchecked "open Photos when this device is connected" in Photos so it doesn't launch if I plug my phone in. Problem solved. ;)

    I agree it's something they need to sort out though, it is pretty confusing!
  4. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Yeah that's what I do. I just use iCloud Photo Library so I don't need to sync anyway.

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