iCloud Photo Library Changing Filenames?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cogsworth, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Cogsworth macrumors 6502

    Cogsworth

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    The last few days I have been sorting through all the pictures I've taken with my various iPhones over the years and decided to clean up and reorganize the files on my Windows 10 PC. There have been several times when a phone reset has reverted the filename count back to IMG_0001.JPG which has resulted in a lot of duplicates that end up with filenames like IMG_0001 (1).JPG and so on which is fine if they are sorted by date, but a mess when sorted by filename. In order to better organize the collection, I grouped together all the photos from my iPhone 6 Plus over the last year (just over 1000) and bulk renamed them all starting at 0001 for consistency. Then I found the fix which allowed me to set the next image number on my phone to pick up at the appropriate number, which worked perfectly. Then as a last step I deleted all the files from my iCloud photo library, cleaned it out completely including the trash, then re-uploaded the renamed files from my PC. Everything went smoothly and I saw them repopulate on the iPhone as well (I am using the optimize storage option). However when I checked my Photostream download folder, it appears the photos were coming back with the old filenames. To double check I downloaded a few and sure enough they came back out of the cloud with the old names. How is iCloud restoring their original filenames? Is it stored somewhere else within the photo, like exif information? I guess having the wrong filename in the cloud isn't a problem really but this is just nagging at my OCD. Very annoying!
     
  2. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

    iphonedude2008

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    Try disabling photostream. There's no point in it if you use iCloud photo library. Photostream saves photos for 30 days, so it may be pushing duplicates because they have different file names now.
     
  3. Cogsworth thread starter macrumors 6502

    Cogsworth

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    Good point, maybe that's where the old filenames are coming from...I'll try temporarily disabling it but I do like Photostream as it automatically downloads the files to my local PC where I can archive them. Now do I disable in the iCloud app on my PC or on the phone? Or both? And will that delete files stored in Photostream?
     
  4. Cogsworth thread starter macrumors 6502

    Cogsworth

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    Sadly, this did not work. Turned off Photostream both on the PC and iPhone but the filenames still revert. Basically I change the filename on the PC, upload to iCloud Photo Library but when I download the file it has reverted to it's original filename. I'm stumped.
     
  5. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

    iphonedude2008

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    Thats too bad. Apple really doesn't like people dealing with files, so you may have to give up control in that regard.
     
  6. Cogsworth thread starter macrumors 6502

    Cogsworth

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    Yeah I am now thinking maybe the original filename is stored somewhere in the metadata that is not visible on PC, maybe on mac though.
     
  7. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah. Try enabling hidden files with this terminal command

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    
     

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