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photo stream inconsistant

1769 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 12:35 PM by Labamba32 RSS
bug00 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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Jul 30, 2012 3:01 PM

I'm getting overly frustrated trying to figure out Photo Stream, and I just need a helpful explanation: 


Each of my devices display a different number of photos contained in their versions of Photo Stream.  (Each of my devices are running the latest OSes and Photo Stream has been turned on for...well, since it came out.)


There are roughly 250-300 photos contained in the Photo Streams of the iPad and iPhone.  (I understand why the iPad and iPhone would have a different number of photos...perhaps I deleted a photo from one device and not the other.  Not a problem.)


The Photo Stream through iPhoto on my Mac contains 44 photos.  (I understand why that is...because it only holds the last 30 days worth of photos in its display of Photo Stream.)


However, my AppleTV's Photo Stream only shows 33 photos!  No matter how many times I sign out and sign back in, no matter how long I wait for more to download.  It tops out at 33 photos.  This is what I don't understand.  Seems to me that it should show at least the 44 photos from the last 30 days that the iPhoto for Mac display.  And at best that the AppleTV might show the full 250-300 that my iPhone and iPad still show are in theirs Photo Stream.


Can someone please explain this to me...why the AppleTV PhotoStream is so incomplete?  I have been searching through the forums for an hour and just can't find anything that clarifies it for me.  Is there some place to see exactly what is in the iCloud version of Photo Stream...since all the devices show differing counts?



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, Airport Extreme Dual Ethernet
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to bug00)

    Photo stream in the cloud does indeed only retain photos for 30 days. However the photos that it syncs to your devices, are not necessarily deleted after 30 days themselves, so depending on when photo stream was activated on each device, there may be a different number of photos on each. I suspect that if you turn photo stream off on your Mac and then turn it back on again, only 33 photos would be synced to it.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 4:03 PM (in response to bug00)

    It's not a problem, I'm just glad your problem is solved.

  • Labamba32 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to Winston Churchill)

    So would there be a way to add back into the photo stream for all devices the older photos that were not captured in the stream mac or apple tv?  I am running into a similar issue with ipad/iphone/apple tv each displaying a different number of photos in their stream, ideally i'd like all of them to be the same.  My issue isn't so much that they are different because I deleated some photos or what not but more of one becuase photostream was turned on for each device at different times because I didn't buy them all at the same time (several months between purchases - apple tv was the most recent and where i'd like to view the photos most often, but since its the newest its the one with the least photos).  I realize I can mirror my iphone or ipad to see the photos on the TV, but i'd rather just have the photos in the photostream of the apple tv.  Any help would be appreciated.


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