Big Problem transferring photos from iPhone to Mac

Ilfracombe

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Jun 4, 2011
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I'm running latest system software. This morning I tried to sync some new photos to iPhoto. However, when I opened iPhoto it would not show my new photos. Instead it had lots of 'dotted line silhouettes' of photos that I had already successfully downloaded.

So I tried Image capture. It also only had a lot of general images of old photos, but no sign of the new photos. I could do nothing with the images: couldn't delete, couldn't download.

So I went into the iphone and deleted all my photos, and also deleted the 'recently deleted' folder. I also updated iOS to the most recent. Then I took a few more photos and tried to download them to my mac.

Very strangely, the behaviour of iPhoto and image capture had not changed at all. They continued to show generic images of old photos, which I had just deleted, and did not show any of the new photos.

So, this is serious. Right now I have no way of getting my photos off my iPhone. I know that iPhoto is no longer supported, but image capture should certainly work.

Help!
 

nicho

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I'm running latest system software. This morning I tried to sync some new photos to iPhoto. However, when I opened iPhoto it would not show my new photos. Instead it had lots of 'dotted line silhouettes' of photos that I had already successfully downloaded.

So I tried Image capture. It also only had a lot of general images of old photos, but no sign of the new photos. I could do nothing with the images: couldn't delete, couldn't download.

So I went into the iphone and deleted all my photos, and also deleted the 'recently deleted' folder. I also updated iOS to the most recent. Then I took a few more photos and tried to download them to my mac.

Very strangely, the behaviour of iPhoto and image capture had not changed at all. They continued to show generic images of old photos, which I had just deleted, and did not show any of the new photos.

So, this is serious. Right now I have no way of getting my photos off my iPhone. I know that iPhoto is no longer supported, but image capture should certainly work.

Help!
Airdrop?
 

Stefan johansson

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Apr 13, 2017
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I use two different ways. Either sync the photos with iTunes,or use a sandisk iXpand USB/lightning connector drive. Of course,airdrop should work fine too.
 

Ilfracombe

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Jun 4, 2011
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Thanks for the suggestions, but there is obviously something wrong somewhere. I would very much like to fix it. I take lots of photos every day, and can't spend too much time fiddling about.
As for airdrop, my mac and my iPhone don't seem to see each other. How can I make them see each other?
 

Stefan johansson

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Not sure,but have you checked settings? Normally,airdrop works withouth problems,but maybe you turned it off on one of the devices by mistake?
 

Ilfracombe

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Jun 4, 2011
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Everything is turned on as far as I can tell. They are both on the same network. Does that make a difference?
[doublepost=1495780574][/doublepost]Seems the or original problem has solved itself. I tried connecting the iphone to another computer, and both iphoto and and image capture worked fine. Then I went back to the original computer, and lo and behold, they worked fine too. So something got shaken up somewhere.
Now I have to sort out this Airdrop problem. It connects fine to other iPhones, but won't connect to either of my MacBooks. (The macbooks see each other)
 

Stefan johansson

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Apr 13, 2017
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Everything is turned on as far as I can tell. They are both on the same network. Does that make a difference?
[doublepost=1495780574][/doublepost]Seems the or original problem has solved itself. I tried connecting the iphone to another computer, and both iphoto and and image capture worked fine. Then I went back to the original computer, and lo and behold, they worked fine too. So something got shaken up somewhere.
Now I have to sort out this Airdrop problem. It connects fine to other iPhones, but won't connect to either of my MacBooks. (The macbooks see each other)
If all is on,and on same network,it should work perfect,is there any other wifi issues with any of them? If not,I'm not sure what the problem is.
 

Ilfracombe

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Jun 4, 2011
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No problems before this. The iPhone will airdrop to other iPhones and the macbook airdrops to another MacBook on the same network. But my iphone won't airdrop to either MacBook.
 

Ilfracombe

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Jun 4, 2011
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I've been told on Apple communities that a MacBook must be at least 2012 in order to be able to connect to iPhone, iPad. with airdrop
Mine are mid 2010.
Shame
 

MarioD

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Oct 15, 2015
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Cape Town
I have also been having intermittent issues with airdrop between my iPhone 7 and MacBook Pro 2012. It works fine with my IPad and my iPad work perfect with my phone. All devices are updated and operating on the latest releases. I never had any issues on the previous updates.

Strange how these things happen.
 

CTHarrryH

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Jul 4, 2012
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Mine sync fine when on the same WiFI network. I take a picture on my phone - at home - and a couple of minutes later without any action if shows up on my MBP. Under settings I have MY PHOTO STREAM clicked on my MBP and on my iphome under icloud photos Icloud Photo Library and upload to My Photo Stream turned on. I also have download and keep originals on on my phone.
Photos just appear and I don't have to connect cable or do anything else
 
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