Bought new MacBook - iCloud Photo Library question

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by MonstaMash, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. MonstaMash macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2011
    I have roughly 30GB of pictures/videos in the Photos app on my old MacBook. I have purchased the iCloud storage upgrade, so all of these appear on my iPhone and iPad as well.

    I recently purchased a new MacBook. I prefer to set this new device up fresh, only transferring over the individual files that I want.

    So I will be transferring over my iTunes library, some documents and then a few movies. What about my photos and pictures? If I add these files to my new MacBook will iCloud Photo Library detect that these are "hard copies" so to speak, and not duplicate them in the cloud? Or do I even need to transfer them over, as iCloud will download the originals to my new MacBook? Seeking some clarification here - thanks in advance.
  2. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Photos should just get the pictures from your iCloud storage. I don't think you'll have to manually transfer anything photo related.

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