iPhoto won't detect my iPhone...ideas?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dimwhit, May 26, 2012.

  1. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    I'm trying to get all the pics from my iPhone to iPhoto. I turned on photostream, so from here on out, that will do the trick.

    Problem is, it won't upload my existing photos. And when I plug my phone into my computer, it never shows as a device in iPhoto, so I can't import the photos.

    Am I doing something wrong? Any ideas how to get around this?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Sometime this just happens. Quit iPhoto and re-launch it. And if that doesn't help, just restart your Mac.
  4. Dimwhit thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    The restart did it. Kinda bummed...I had a nice streak of 80 days without needing a restart. :)

  5. onthegoogle macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2013
    This kept happening to me and the fix was embarrassingly easy

    Do you have a passcode lock on your phone? If you do, unlock it while it's plugged in. iTunes will recognize your phone regardless of this, but iPhoto won't for some reason - probably to protect your images? Anyways, try that.
  6. uctoph macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2014
    I just had the same problem. Try cleaning out the Lightning port on your iphone. It may have collected some lint. It worked for me!

    Take Care!

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