Does iCloud Photo Library work when you restore your pics from a backup?


Farsider

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Jul 30, 2014
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Yep, I had the same problem after an iTunes restore on an iPhone and a TimeMachine restore on a Mac. iCloud Photo library appears to take all these photos as new photos and started to upload them all. I didn't wait for it to finish so it could've magically fixed itself but I didn't want to find out.

I nuked my local Photos Library on my Mac and all photos on my iPhone and let it re-sync from scratch.

That's clearly not how it should work but all is OK now.
 

Farsider

macrumors 6502a
Jul 30, 2014
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London, UK
If iCPL is off on your phone and Mac. Deleting photos is quite safe.

You can always restore from your backups should the worst happen.