Ways to store photos and videos on MAC but delete from iPhone

Discussion in 'iMac' started by montz, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. montz macrumors newbie

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    I recently purchased an iMAC thinking i would be able to transfer all my media to it and delete from my iPhone. I began deleting from my iPhone and also lost them on my computer too.
    can anyone give me a CHEAP if not free solution? lmao

    Thanks in advance x
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    When you transfer them to your mac if you get them to add to your photos app it will ask you wether you want them deleted from your phone. If you are just using the cloud for this what you do on one affects them all if you plug your phone into your mac you will have more options.
     
  3. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Plug phone into mac using lightning cable and drag and drop
     
  4. 3568358 macrumors 6502

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    You are using iCloud Photos or My Photo Stream. You don't want to do that. I also recommend not using the Photos app.
     
  5. 3568358 macrumors 6502

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    Airdrop works as well.
     
  6. montz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks to everyone who has replied...Im still having trouble though. i have re-connected my phone after signing out of iCloud to get rid of photos from my phone. i created an 'untitled folder' on my desktop, i have dragged and dropped 994 photos here but only 200 or so are pasting. am i doing something wrong?

    when i sign back in will they all re-appear?
     
  7. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    I recognize all the words you used, but the sentence confuses me.
     
  8. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Don't know if I'm missing the point, but just export the photos from Photos on your Mac to another folder before you delete them on your phone!
     
  9. 3568358 macrumors 6502

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    I am saying you can airdrop the photos from iPhone to Mac
     
  10. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    Plug it in and boot up Image Capture.
     
  11. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    I know, I was trying to be funny. Airdrop rarely works for me, and its reputation is less than stellar.
     
  12. skaboom macrumors newbie

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    I feel your frustration on this. I wish it would just backup the photos into the cloud and my mac without me having to plug in the phone and move the photos to another folder all the time.

    Google photos app does a great job of this. It syncs with my mac and google drive and I can delete them from the iphone and still have access to them from google drive, my mac and iphone.
     
  13. scottydawg macrumors 6502

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    I was going to suggest Google Photos also. Free to use with unlimited storage and you can keep everything there and off your actual phone memory.
     
  14. 3568358 macrumors 6502

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    Works flawlessly!
     
  15. class77 macrumors 6502a

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    If you uncheck PhotoStream and iCloud Photo library in Photo preferences, I believe you can download your photos to your iMac and delete them from your phone without fear of deleting anything you want to keep
     
  16. NZiMac macrumors newbie

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    Wish I could say Airdrop works flawlessly - it works between my iPhone and iPad but can't get either to work with the iMac in either direction. iMac 2014 Retina 5k.
     

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