Have you been suffering from Photo Syncing problems on your iPhone, iPad and/or computer?
When you plug your iPhone (or iPad) into your computer, are you told that there are no photos to import - even though you know that you just took some new photos! Where are your photos?
Can you get the photos back onto your device?
You could visit Settings -> [your-name] -> iCloud -> Photos and choose the Download and Keep Originals option - so that your photos are stored on your device and in iCloud. However, this will try to download all of the photos that exist in iCloud. If you have enabled iCloud Photo Library on your computer as well, this could be in the thousands.
If your device's storage will not fit the full iCloud photo library, you will be told that there is insufficient room to store your photos on the device - leaving you no choice but to 'optimise' your library. (There is currently no option to be selective about what photos are stored on your mobile devices. I would love to have the option to choose only certain albums - hopefully this will be available one day soon.)
If you were to choose to turn off iCloud Photo Library on your iPad/iPhone, you will be given the option to remove the optimised photos from your iPad/iPhone, or to download them from iCloud. Again, if there is not enough storage on your device, the 'download from iCloud' option will result in a message saying that the only option is to delete the optimised photos.
If you don't want to continue using iCloud Photo Library, you will be left with no choice other than to delete these optimised photos from your device.
My photos are in iCloud but nowhere else - how can I get them out?
If your photos are then stuck in iCloud, how do you get them out of iCloud, and onto your computer or some other form of storage.
Get the step-by-step instructions in this Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members. (Not yet a member? Find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.) Or, come along and get help at a new workshop at iTandCoffee - see below.
(If you want to learn more about iCloud Photo Library and iCloud, here's an article from late last year on this topic: Answering your questions about iCloud Photo Library.)
Join us for a new workshop to solve your photo syncing woes
Photo syncing problems is such a common problem for iTandCoffee clients and subscribers, so we figure it's time we introduced a new workshop on this very topic.
We have created the Solving Photo Syncing Problems workshop, the first of which will be scheduled in July 2018 - depending on the level of interest we receive.
If you have issues with sync'ing your photos - like the issue described above, or other sync'ing issues (where you are not seeing your photos across your different devices) - join us for this interactive workshop where we will look at what's going wrong and how to solve your issues.
Register your interest on the Solving Photo Syncing Problems Workshop by selecting the button below and filling in the form on the page that appears. Numbers will be limited, so get in early to be top of the list!
Learn about Photos and iCloud in these great guides
Would you like access to any iTandCoffee Guides? Online and Premium iTandCoffee Club members can download these guides for FREE! Here's the Coupon Code for those who have this membership. Find out more about the iTandCoffee Club here.
Watch iTandCoffee class videos on the topics of iCloud and Photos
Online and Premium iTandCoffee Club members can watch ANY iTandCoffee class videos for free, any time. Check out the full range of videos here. Non-members can purchase access to individual videos below.
Understanding and Using iCloud - Class Video
Watch recording of an actual iTandCoffee class. This class unravels the mystery that is iCloud and includes the following topics. Also included is a tutorial video discussing iCloud Photo Library.
Taking, viewing and managing Photos on your iPad and iPhone - Live Class Video
Watch recording of this actual iTandCoffee classes. This two-hour session filmed at iTandCoffee shows how to take great photos on your iPhone and iPad, as well as how to manage them - albums, deleting, editing and more.
The Photos App on the Mac - 2 x class videos
Watch recordings of actual iTandCoffee classes. This 2-part series of classes covers everything you need to know about the Photos app on the Mac.
Make a Photo Book from your Digital Photos - class video
Watch recording of this actual iTandCoffee classes. This class covers shows you who to create a photo book from their digital photos.
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