iCloud Photo Library Specifics

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by RipsMctits, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. RipsMctits macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    I've done a good bit of reading old threads and such, and I can't seem to easily find a situation matching mine. I am running out of space on my aging 5S, so I'm looking at iCloud to solve this problem for me. My phone has been acting up, missing messages, etc. and I can't be having those kinds of issues. I've been deleting photos and apps piecemeal over the last several months, and it's just not helping anymore. Thankfully, all the photos I want to keep are on my Mac.

    I am currently running 10.10.2 on my Mac. I plan on upgrading my iCloud storage, then upgrading to 10.10.3 so I can turn the iCloud Photo Library on from there. All of the pictures I want to keep are already on my Mac, but I still have several photos on my phone. After I set my Mac up for iCloud Photo Library, what happens to the photos that are already on the iPhone when I flip the switch for that too? Are they deleted from the phone automatically? I don't want any duplicates. How smart is the process when switching it all on?

    What happens when you turn on the Photo Library for the iPhone first instead? Would my Mac then sync with the photos currently on my phone instead of the larger library of photos overall?
  2. Daysight macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2011
    Can only give you my experience. Got no duplicates when I switched on iCloud Photo Library on my iMac, MacBook, iPad and iPhone. The iOS camera roll contents got uploaded to the new library, along with the photos I imported from Aperture. But any images in the camera rolls would not yet have been imported to Aperture under the workflow I was using. I did not figure out how the changeover managed images in PhotoStream.
  3. RipsMctits thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    Thanks. I guess my main question is, what happens to the photos that are already on my iPhone when I turn on iCloud Photo Library? I don't need them uploaded to iCloud as I have them on my Mac already. And I've never used PhotoStream.

    Is iCloud smart enough to handle this correctly without me deleting photos off of my iPhone first?
  4. jdsi2390 macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2015
    Yes, it is smart enough to know the difference.

    You will get a prompt letting you know that synced photos will get deleted. So Camera Roll will get uploaded and anything synced to your phone from iTunes ("Events from My Mac" etc) will automatically be removed first.

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