Photo stream doesn't show all pictures on new iphone 5s

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by xgame, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. xgame macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2012
    I just got my new iPhone 5s and have everything set up and signed in. On my old iPhone 4S, my photo stream is maxed out at the limit of 1000 photos. But for some reason, my iPhone 5s only shows the last 73. It's been like that for a few days now.

    Is there a way to see all the photos on my 5S
  2. bgro macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    South Florida
    This happened to 2 people I know when they got new phones. Tried restoring and nothing worked
  3. xgame thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2012
    Yeah, but I've noticed that those 1000 pics are stored on the phone itself because I can access them even without internet. I can't believe I never noticed that before. Apple says pics are only stored in the cloud for 30 days, so it makes sense that only very recent pics are there on my new phone because the others are just stored ON my old phone.

    I think the way it all works is more complex than it seems.
  4. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    Based on recent updates to Apple's documentation, it seems they realized this and changed how Photo Streams work from iOS 7's release onwards. You can read more about it on the page below, but in short Photo Streams no longer have the time limit they used to. The way I understand this change the issue you're seeing now shouldn't happen again with photos posted to Photo Streams since the change (I'm not sure if it applies retroactively to older photos).
  5. Apple Fan 21 macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    I have the same issue. All 900 pics in my photo stream are on my Mac and on my iPad 2 which is updated w/ iOS 7, but my new 5S only shows 50 pics. What gives? Any solution?
  6. markhort macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2010
    This happened to me when I upgraded. Lucky I had a back up of all my photo's on Dropbox.
  7. funnyboy88 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2009
    iCloud's servers only store the last 30 DAYS of photos. When you setup your new iPhone, it only downloaded whatever 30 days worth of photos were sitting on iCloud.

    AFTER your iOS device has downloaded from Photo Stream, it will store up to 1000 photos.
    Your Mac or PC doesn't have the 1000 limit.
  8. richard13 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2008
    Mill Creek, WA
    Photo Stream is one of the most confusing concepts I've ever encountered in the Apple ecosystem. I have a few questions:

    I have 160 photos in Photo Stream in iPhoto on my MBP, but almost 600 in My Photo Stream on my iPhone. Shouldn't these be the same?

    In iPhoto, the location called "Photo Stream" under "Web" is not actually what is stored in iCloud but a local copy downloaded into iPhoto. Correct?

    Presuming that's true, and if iOS devices have a rolling cache of 1000 photos in Photo Stream, what do Macs have in OSX? 1000? No limit? This "Photo Stream" location will just keep getting bigger and bigger?

    If there is no limit to how big the "Photo Stream" location can get, why are these monthly "archive" events getting created? (i.e. September 2013 Photo Stream, October 2013 Photo Stream).

    I guess I have to launch iPhoto at least once a month or these monthly events won't get created, correct? I don't have any monthly events prior to April 2013 although I've been using Photo Stream long before that.

    Thanks to anyone that help me on this.
  9. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I have decided that the best way to deal with PhotoStream is to ignore it.

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