Continuously being asked to import (duplicated) photos.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cosmic68, Oct 2, 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-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).

    Any ideas-or am i missing something and this is normal behaviour?

  2. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    Same thing is happening with me. Doesn't Photos support removing duplicate photos? I shouldn't have to purchase an extension to execute a mundane task like removing duplicate photos. Perhaps there is an AppleScript out there that can do this. Any input is appreciated.

    Running MBA OS 10.11 and iPhone 6+ iOS 9.0.2.
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    I don't think Photos duplicate photos detection is up to speed just yet.
  4. cosmic68 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2007
    If you find it, let me know.

    I've wiped my iPhone clean of all photos and albums and am trying to start over, after switching off iCloud Photos so as not to accidentally delete my main library. Will let you know how it works out once the library is downloaded to iPhone again.
  5. Partron22, Oct 3, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2015

    Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Problems like this are why I dumped my iPad for a Nexus.
    A nice, front facing, file system is the way to solve this, not some behind the curtains opaque database wizardry.
    No matter how good the wizard, it'll always run up against knots that only a human can unravel.
  6. cosmic68 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2007
    Gah-Photos is quite broken for me. So I wiped my iPhone clean. set up as new. Switched on iCloud Photos.

    Now if i look at a photo on the iPhone and the download icon (white ball fills up-bottom left corner) appears, when I next plug iPhone into Mac and Photos launches-it want's to treat the photo i viewed on my iPhone as new and wants to import it! says its a 'new photo'. Its not! its already in my library.

    if i import it-i get a duplicate. If I delete it from iPhone-it deletes from main library on Mac. Total crap.

    Any tips to stop this?

    Tried rebuilding photo library on Mac but that didn't help.
  7. 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?
  8. cpramuk macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2015
    I too have this issue since I've upgraded my iPhone to a 6s. It keeps asking me to import the same block of photos/videos for some reason. I imported them 5 or six times along with actual real new photos/videos before I caught on.
    Looking for a way to resolve it....
  9. cosmic68 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2007
    Ive tried everything. It's a really daft oversight/bug. There is no fix other then letting everything upload from device by iCloud and never by USB/lightning cable.

    C'mon Apple. Fix it already.
  10. MarkCHILDS macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2017
    I have the same iPhotos problems with iMac and iPhone 6S. Lost a bunch of cherished photos trying to deal with this. Sick of deleting duplicates and wiping my phone only to have the problem still exist. I see multiple threads online regarding this issue and Mac has done nothing to solve it. Put those billions of dollars you have in the bank to work and fix this problem for your customers without forcing us to buy an app that may or may not solve the problem. We pay a lot for your products. Get on it.

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