What happens to iPhone-created photo albums once iCloud Photo Library activated?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by davidhammer, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. davidhammer macrumors newbie

    davidhammer

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    Jan 30, 2012
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    Updated to iCloud Photo Library on my Macbook Air. Used my wife's iCloud account (she's in charge of the photos). Everything uploaded just fine in a couple days. Works great on the computer and on iCloud.com.

    I'm now ready to activate it on her iPhone so that everything syncs between the two. However, she has a few albums she's created on her iPhone already (recipes, baby pics, etc.) - that are NOT currently in Photos on the Mac. If I activate it, are those lost? Do they combine with the other albums in Photos?
     
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    May 31, 2007
    Location:
    Florida, USA
    #2
    They will all merge together.

    I suggest taking a backup of all existing photos on the phone just in case. iCPL is not a backup, and shouldn't be trusted as your only backup.

    You can also put all the photos on the phone into a new album before turning it on, so you don't lose track of which photos were on that phone before everything gets merged together.
     

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