Backup shared photo albums?

felixen

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Hey guys.

I have a bunch of shared albums with friends and family. While I love this feature of shared albums, I worry that I'll lose a lot of my pictures if the person(s) in that album delete it.

What do you guys do to counter that? I guess I could manually save all photos to my camera roll, but that would result in a lot of wasted space and dublicates.

I don't assume there's a way to make shared photos stay there on your end even if the other person deletes them on his/her end?

Also, I know I'm writing this in the iPhone forum but if there's a better fix for this in Photos on Mac, I'm all ears.
 

felixen

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Apr 13, 2009
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Well you're right, but what I mean is then I would have the pictures both in the shared album and on my device through iCloud, meaning I'd have duplicates of everything :)
 

CruiseControl

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Jan 31, 2016
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Well you're right, but what I mean is then I would have the pictures both in the shared album and on my device through iCloud, meaning I'd have duplicates of everything :)
How would this result in a duplicate if you don't currently have your own copy of the photos? If you're concerned the other person may delete the shared album, this is the only way you could be sure you would have your own copy.
 

abrahamw88

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You could select all the photos in the shared album on your mac and save them locally on your mac or somewhere else. At least this method prevents the duplicates from being in your iCloud Photo Library on all your devices.
 

zorinlynx

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May 31, 2007
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Create a folder on your Mac, then select all the photos an drag them to the folder. Done.

Since you're just "backing them up" in case the album owner deletes them, you don't need to have them with you in your iCloud library unless they actually DO delete them. If they do you can just import them into Photos on the Mac and put them in their own new non-shared album.
 

xoAnna

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Jul 2, 2013
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Create a folder on your Mac, then select all the photos an drag them to the folder. Done.

Since you're just "backing them up" in case the album owner deletes them, you don't need to have them with you in your iCloud library unless they actually DO delete them. If they do you can just import them into Photos on the Mac and put them in their own new non-shared album.
PBI and for being thick but how exactly does one select the photos and drag them to the folder without opening up iPhoto (or Photos) or iCloud? Thanks.
 

zorinlynx

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PBI and for being thick but how exactly does one select the photos and drag them to the folder without opening up iPhoto (or Photos) or iCloud? Thanks.
Why can't you open up Photos? All you have to do is click on the album, hit cmd-A, then drag them to a folder.

I don't think there's a way to do this without using the Photos app. But I am stupefied as to why you don't seem to want to use it?