Frustrated with icloud Photos! Help!!

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Synergie, May 17, 2016.

  1. Synergie macrumors 6502a

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    So I have always sync'd with iTunes for photos. But Im now getting an ipad pro and want to be able to dynamically edit and sync images between my ipad, iphone, and macbook pro. I can't for the life of me get photos working properly to sync with icloud! :( I turned on icloud sync on photos on my iphone, and it deleted the itunes sync'd photos (which was fine). I turn on icloud photo library on my macbook pro and it LOOKS like it's about to upload everything to the icloud library... says there are like 1300 items... which is correct, but then after taking forever (thinking it uploaded them all) then it goes back to the initial screen on photos, showing nothing. Nothing was uploaded. (confirmed by the web app) However it DID download the camera roll photos from my iphone.

    So then, I thought I'd do it the other way around. I manually uploaded everything and created new albums on photos on icloud (using the web app since the photos app it not working quite right yet). My iPhone DID download ALL these albums and photos automatically! Yay! But the macbook pro, again when I turn on the icloud photos library, again it looks like its doing something but it doesn't sync with whats on the icloud photos. Instead it tried uploading some folders I have not seen in ages!

    Net step, I noticed I still had an old iphoto library file in the photos folder on my mac. Thought that was the issue, deleted it. Tried again. Nope. Deleted the photos library file. Ceated a brand new one, made that one the system one, and tried to sync again with the icloud photos library. Again... nothing!

    Do I just have to resign to not using the photos app on my macbook pro?? what am I doing wrong??
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    iCloud Photo sync can be a bit slow. Just give it some time to update, it is far from instantaneous.

    The best way to check how things are going, is to go to iCloud.com.
     
  3. Synergie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So if I completely clear out my photos folder on my mac, and then turn on photo icloud sync, it should download the photos from icloud TO MY MAC (and not the other way around right?) So where are these weird folders coming from being added to icloud photos library coming from? It's like when I turn on the icloud sync on my mac, photos I have not seen in years start being uploaded (photos I deleted long ago, along with folders I deleted long ago!)

    I basically want my 'master' to be on icloud (why I am uploading them manually) and then ALL my devices, I want them to be slave and sync to what I uploaded to icloud... but its not working that way with the mac. Instead it tries to duplicate images, or create folders I dont even have in my photos folder anymore.

    Do you think it might have been the old iphoto lobrary file causing trouble??
     
  4. bgro macrumors 65816

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    I think apple just sucks at services. Save yourself the trouble and use Google photos as your syncing service. I don't trust apples database and I've had many corruption issues in the past with Aperture and iPhoto.
     

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