Watch Filled Itself with 12,000 photos

swwack91

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I recently noticed my Apple Watch storage was completely full. It has 4GB+ of photos saved to the local storage. This was about 12,000 photos.

I only have 1 album (which contains 7 photos) set to sync with my Apple Watch. I also have it set for a maximum of 25 photos saved.

Over the course of the past few days, the number has dropped from about 12,000 photos to about 11,400 photos. Not sure why they seem to be trickling away.

Has anyone seen this happen before? Any recommendations?
 

swwack91

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Bumping this thread. Over the last few days, these photos have been “draining,” at a rate of a few hundred per day. I’m now at about 4,500 photos on the Watch.

When I go into the Photos app on my watch, it only shows the 7 photos I’ve selected to sync.

Has anyone else seen this behavior?
 

Macintoshrumors

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Your trolling right? Do you ever play around in the watch app? Specifically under the photos tab? Try exporing it sometime whenever you get a chance. No rush.
 

swwack91

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Your trolling right? Do you ever play around in the watch app? Specifically under the photos tab? Try exporing it sometime whenever you get a chance. No rush.
I’m not trolling. Here are screenshots showing I have the max photos set to 25, an album with 7 photos set as my sync album, and over 4,000 synced to my Watch.
 

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swwack91

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Jan 28, 2007
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Maybe the photos are related to another installed app? (Just a guess)
Uninstalling 3rd party apps didn’t fix it. However, upgrading to 4.1 brought the number down to 350 total photos. Still way more than the 7 I have selected, but that’s a big improvement.