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bammargera3176

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I'm looking to sell my MacBook but i want to save all of the photos that I've stored on the "photos" app (i.e. photos i've transferred from my iPhone to MacBook photos app". I'm about to sell my MacBook so i want to save everything down before i get rid of it. Does anyone know how to transfer photos from the photos app to iCloud or somewhere that i can have them saved down? I also have an iPhone an iPad but obviously don't want to put them there. is there somewhere in iCloud that i can do that?
 

akash.nu

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Can you not just use iCloud sync from the photos app?! Then it’s just a matter of formatting your Mac.
 

fred98tj

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I would copy them to Google drive or Dropbox or OneDrive. I would also get a portable USB hard drive and copy all the photos to that, assuming you have photos that are really valuable to you.
iCloud is not really a storage device but a “sync” device.
 

MEJHarrison

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I use iCloud Photos. My iMac and MacBook get the original versions, my phone and iPad get optimized versions. When I take a photo on one device, it appears on all devices, including the cloud without needing to do anything. If I purchased a new Apple device, I would just log into the Cloud and it will re-download all my photos (been through this lots of times). If I were selling a Mac, I'd sign out of everything and probably format the drive just to be safe.

So, what is it about that plan that doesn't meet your needs? Are you just unaware that you could do that in the first place or is there some specific reason you've not shared why that won't work (for example you might have a large library and little iCloud space).

FYI, in case you're curious, my photo library is almost 33,000 photos and 500 videos. Looks like it's taking 127.7GB on my MacBook and 6.09GB on my iPhone. So choosing optimized versions on your other devices doesn't take much space if you ever wanted to go with that setup.
 
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bammargera3176

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I think it’s more just like I have these photos on the photos app on my MacBook (and they aren’t new on my iPhone or iPad) and I just want to save those down before I sell my MacBook so I don’t lose them. One guy above is saying I need to save them to a usb or google drive...are you saying I can instead just get them onto iCloud? I haven’t figured out how to do that if so.

I know what you mean by if you take a photo on your iPad or iPhone, it automatically syncs to each. But these are photos on my MacBook that have since been deleted from my iPhone/iPad after I transferred them.

Other guy was saying iCloud isn’t really a storage device as it’s more a syncing...are you saying I can actually store stuff?

I use iCloud Photos. My iMac and MacBook get the original versions, my phone and iPad get optimized versions. When I take a photo on one device, it appears on all devices, including the cloud without needing to do anything. If I purchased a new Apple device, I would just log into the Cloud and it will re-download all my photos (been through this lots of times). If I were selling a Mac, I'd sign out of everything and probably format the drive just to be safe.

So, what is it about that plan that doesn't meet your needs? Are you just unaware that you could do that in the first place or is there some specific reason you've not shared why that won't work (for example you might have a large library and little iCloud space).

FYI, in case you're curious, my photo library is almost 33,000 photos and 500 videos. Looks like it's taking 127.7GB on my MacBook and 6.09GB on my iPhone. So choosing optimized versions on your other devices doesn't take much space if you ever wanted to go with that setup.
 

MEJHarrison

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I think it’s more just like I have these photos on the photos app on my MacBook (and they aren’t new on my iPhone or iPad) and I just want to save those down before I sell my MacBook so I don’t lose them. One guy above is saying I need to save them to a usb or google drive...are you saying I can instead just get them onto iCloud? I haven’t figured out how to do that if so.

I know what you mean by if you take a photo on your iPad or iPhone, it automatically syncs to each. But these are photos on my MacBook that have since been deleted from my iPhone/iPad after I transferred them.

Other guy was saying iCloud isn’t really a storage device as it’s more a syncing...are you saying I can actually store stuff?
iCloud is more than just syncing. I just was able to log into my account (http://www.icloud.com) through a web browser and view my pictures online.

Not sure how you have photos on one device and not the rest if you're doing that. You could try exporting one from Photos, then delete it and re-import it. See if that forces it to sync across the devices.

And the USB thing would also work. I just like having all my photos everywhere. If I didn't have iCloud, that's the route I'd go.
 

zorinlynx

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Just turn on iCloud Photo Library and let it upload? Seems the easiest way to get your photos into iCloud. It may take a while if you have a lot of photos, of course.

Turn iCloud Photo Library on on one device, let it upload, then turn it on on the other. This avoids the devices "fighting" to upload, which slows everything down.

When it's done, your photo library will be in sync between your devices. Then you can sign out of iCloud on the Macbook, wipe it, and sell it.