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LDMartin1959 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Apr 17, 2012 8:00 AM

I am confused. I have a number of photo's in Camera Roll. They apparantly do not back up to iCloud as part of Photo Stream. Is there a way to move them from Camera Roll to Photo Stream so they will be available to my other devices, or do I have to manually copy them to my desktop to make them available? If the latter, what is the best process for this?

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1, Sprint
  • kursatkaraca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 7, 2012 2:27 PM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    Work around: first view the pic on your camera roll, then snapshot it by using home and sleep button at same time. Your pic is at photo stream now :)

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    May 7, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    Only photos taken on your phone after turning on Photo Stream are uploaded.  It will not transfer photos that were in Camera Roll before turning it on.  If you want full resolution pictures to be available for your old photos, import them to your computer and put them in your upload folder (assuming your computer has iCloud an Photo Stream enabled).  Also, Photo Stream isn't a backup service; photos are only kept there for 30 days allowing your enough time to download them to your other devices.

  • yodka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2012 10:35 PM (in response to kursatkaraca)

    snapshot of all photos in thumbnail on camera roll now but still not in photo stream or icloud

  • kursatkaraca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2012 10:52 PM (in response to yodka)

    You have to wait for a while for uploading.

  • meliterpage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 10, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    it's possible to save an image from Photo Stream to Camera Roll. Go to the Photo Stream album, tap on an individual image, then the share/export icon in the bottom left marked by the rectangle with the arrow (don't confuse with AirPlay icon), then select Save to Camera Roll, the bottom-most option.

    But you can follow this step by step guide about How to transfer or copy photos from iPhone to computer. It's easy to understand and works pretty well for my iPhone.

  • RoweSam28 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 7:01 AM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    Use Flickr - quicker and it keeps the resolution. I had the same problem as you

  • Red_Bunches Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 9:00 AM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    Oh, it's easier than that.  Connect your iPhone to your PC via the USB charging cable.  Open PC Folders and double click on the iPhone.  Just keep double clicking through all the sub folders and hey presto - there's your Camera Roll photos.

     

    I don't have any films, music or anything else on my phone right now, but I presume they'll show up too.  It doesn't show apps or Outlook info though.

     

    Comments would be appreciated from anyone trying this with lots loaded on their phone.

  • jcdulaney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 10:23 AM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    The Camera Roll will automatically move to Photo Stream if:

     

    1)  Photo Stream is in the "on" position.  (Not insulting anyone, just including the direction in case as I do not believe it is a default setting.)

    2)  IPhone is connected to WiFi.  It will not move them if not connected.  3G does not allow the move.  This is where most people have problems.  Once connected wait a few minutes as it takes a bit for them to start showing.

    3)  Make sure other devices like iPad and Mac have photo stream turned on as well so they appear on those too.

     

    Note:  Sometimes there is a delay in how fast the files move due to their size. 

     

    Hope that helps.

  • sawsan5243 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 6:31 PM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    I think you have to be sure your iPhone and other iOS device are connected to the same wifi network to work? I could be wrong..

  • amy_lou Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 7:33 PM (in response to sawsan5243)

    they do not have to be on the same wifi network. All the devices involved just need to be connected to A wifi network

  • amy_lou Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 7:35 PM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    It might not be perfect, but this is the only way to get pictures that were taken BEFORE photostream was turned on to move into the photostream. Photostream does not work retroactively in order to get older pictures onto the icloud server

  • Mobopro Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 11:59 AM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    I've noticed this too -- text message images saved to the Camera Roll don't go to Photostream.  Anybody know a way to make this happen?

  • connormp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 4:32 AM (in response to LDMartin1959)

    I have the same problem - my iphone 4S has failed to transfer photos from its camera roll to photostream. The only reason I can think is because the photos were taken whilst wifi was turned off on the device? I have been out of wifi coverage so turned it off to conserve battery life. Having turned it back on, any photos I take from now on are being transferred BUT not the ones before.

     

    Anyone else had this?   

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