Home Sharing photos not showing up on Apple TV 3 or 4

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  1. machpost macrumors 6502

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    I remember having this problem years ago when I was using a PC, but my home sharing photos have always shown up in the four years I've been using a Mac, until today. All the other Home Sharing media (Music, Movies, Home Movies, Podcasts, etc.) show up just fine, but on my ATV3 I get "Loading *******'s Library" and a spinning wheel, and on the ATV4 I just get a spinning wheel when trying to access photos.

    This is driving me crazy. I like to use Home Sharing photos as my screen saver. I did swap out my old router for a new one about six months ago, but I could've sworn it's worked since then, and I don't recall having to set up any exceptions or port forwarding to get it to work.
     
  2. HDFan macrumors 65816

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    Have you signed out/in to your iCloud account both on your PC and Apple TV?

    Rebooted the Apple TV and PC?
     
  3. machpost thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Did all of that. I was able to get it to work if I just selected a few individual folders inside the Pictures folder. Is there an issue with an excessive number of photos? Maybe that's slowing it down. Never had a problem with large photo libraries in the past though.
     
  4. mpainesyd macrumors 6502a

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    For me Homesharing photos tp an ATV has always been flaky and, to make matters worse, Apple seems to be ignoring/retiring Homesharing in general. You may well have discovered a limit to the size of the photo library that can be accessed. At least the iTunes/Files/Homesharing/Choose Photos menu item is still available to manage this.
    And at least the Computers (aka Homesharing) app is still available in the latest tvOS.
     
  5. HDFan macrumors 65816

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    How many photos do you have? I've tested with ~46K photos with no issues.
     
  6. machpost thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure of the exact number, but the containing folder is 42.3 GB in total.
     
  7. HDFan macrumors 65816

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    Shouldn't be a problem. Mine is ~404 GB.
     
  8. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Then make sure both machine use the same Time Server to see if that helps!
     
  9. machpost thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's an iMac and an Apple TV. Can you change the time server on an Apple TV?
     
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