icloud photo library not syncing/itunes photo sync not acting as expected

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  1. jmelrose, Sep 26, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016

    jmelrose macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    I'm having an issue with iCloud library talking to my iOS devices.

    I don't know when things changed, but I am running 10.0.2 on my iPhone and 10.1 beta on my iPad.

    My Mac is running Sierra.

    I have had my photos on iCloud Photo Library for 6+ months. When I first started to use it, I remember my iTunes sync with my devices, on the "Photos" pane, it said I have no options to select because my photos were being synced via iCloud. Great.

    Now, however, I have the option to sync with my Mac, and I can sync albums, the whole library, etc.

    If I choose to do so, it puts an iCloud copy on the iOS device AND an "From My Mac" copy of the same album.

    My iPad is only syncing an odd assortment of my albums. i have 9000+ photos in the library, my phone is pretty close to accurate (based on my Mac's photo library) the iPad is nowhere near that.

    So far I have: turned off (and back on) iCloud photo sync on the phone, the iPad, and looked at the iCloud website to confirm what is in the cloud. The website seems to match my library.

    So the two issue I have seem to be:
    1. The iTunes sync pane for "Photos" isn't doing the behavior I expected.
    2. The iCloud photo library is not being consistently synced with my devices.

    Anyone have any advice? I'm going to cross-post this in a few places that might offer some help. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer!
  2. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    Are you saying you turned off iCloud Photo Library on your phone and iPad? Your post is really confusing.

    When you enable iCloud Photo Library, you don't sync photos via desktop iTunes anymore, period.
  3. jmelrose thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    Sorry, when I turn it off and then back on. I have turned if off and back on all my devices.

    I seem to have fixed most of the problems on my own. Still can't get the watch to download the icloud photo library pictures from the phone to the watch. Just a bunch of grey boxes is all I get.

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