Photos Auto-Import

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by canadianpj, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. canadianpj macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2008
    Am I mistaken or is the new Photos app set by default to automatically import new photos when you connect your iPhone? I plugged my phone in after taking some photos this morning and they all appear to be in the application already?

    I would greatly prefer to do it like before and pick and choose which to import. I do not see anything greatly obvious as to how to stop it from doing this as iPhoto did not.
  2. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Would there be a setting in the app's Preferences? (I haven't bothered even opening the app yet so this is just a guess.) I know that with Aperture, when one opens that program for the first time a choice is given about image import, and mention is made that this can also be changed in Aperture's Preferences. I would think that they'd do the same for the new Photos app.
  3. Big Stevie macrumors 6502a

    Big Stevie

    Jun 20, 2012
    I reverted back to iPhoto as I hate Photos. I even put Photos into my trash can, and emptied it. Or so I thought. When in iPhoto I inserted my cameras memory card onto my macbook and I was surprised to see Photos open over the top of iPhoto, as if its a default app.

    Would setting fire to my macbook finally rid my life of Photos? Im prepared to do it!!!:mad:
  4. canadianpj thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2008
    I don't see much value in going back to a program that will receive no further updates or support personally. There are parts of Photos that bug me, but some others that I'm enjoying. I figure it's going to be another Final Cut Pro X and get a number of big updates in a row.

    Anyway, looking through preferences (of which there are few) there's an option to import to the photos library, but I'm assuming that's just where to put them when you want to.

    I'll give a new photo a try without it on and see what happens.


    Nope, no behaviour difference. It still automatically imports into the library even with that option off, which appears to do nothing.

    But I think I found a solution. If you open Image Capture and set it so that plugging in your phone does not automatically start Photos, it will then not also auto import. Annoying but it works I think.
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Photos will automatically import photos from your Photostream. You can disable this in the preferences.

    I for one like that; photos I take on my iPhone are already in Photos before I even sit down on my desk when I get home. The only thing it doesn't work for is videos (since Photostream doesn't support videos) so you have to import those manually by plugging in.

    It seems that Photos has a good workflow for people like me who don't care to use iCloud Photo Library. I was nervous that it wouldn't, since I don't want to put my photos in iCloud permanently. Photostream is enough.
  6. jeffbarclay macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2015
    zorinlnx - I agree with th use of PhotoStream - I'm looking for a way to auto create albums by month from PhotoStream imports (just like iPhoto created events by month i.e. "April 2015 PhotoStream")
  7. chibianh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    Is there a way to disable the auto import of photos from Photostream without turning off photo stream in Photos? I take A LOT of crap/temp photos and would have to go back and delete them from my Photos library afterwards because they auto import. Thanks!
  8. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Yes, you are mistaken.

    When you connect your iPhone, Photos should open a pane for it. If you have pictures on your Camera Roll that have already been imported into Photos, then they should appear as Thumbnails at the top of the pane. Any new pictures that have yet to be imported will appear as larger thumbnails below.

    At the top right of the pane is a button to "Import New Photos". Or you can select which ones to import and use the "Import Selected" option.
  9. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    If you open up Image cCapture before plug in your iPhone, you shouled be able to set it, rather than Photos, to open when you plug in the phone.
    Once that's done, Photos should no longer pop up to annoy you, and you can use Image Capture to import your photos to your Pictures folder, or wherever, rather than some Opaque Monster of an Apple Photo Media Database.

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