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Recent download to PhotoStream on Mac disappeared

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kananaskis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 19, 2013 9:03 AM

Just completed a successful download of 23 photos into Photostream. I wanted to place them into an album, so created a new album. I noted one photo popped into it so went into PhotoStream to retrieve the others and they had disappeared! Of course, I deleted them off the camera! It said it was a successful download ... grrrrrrr


Where does one go to retrieve their photos from PhotoStream?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 9:11 AM (in response to kananaskis)

    Sorry but your post does not compute


    PhotoStream is not supported with the version of OS X you say you have (10.7.2)


    Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and iPhoto 9.2.2 or Aperture 3.2.3 or later


    What version of the OS do you actually have? What version of iPhoto do you have?


    How did you put photos into the PS (you can not "download" photos to a photo stream)



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 11:51 AM (in response to kananaskis)

    If this is the first PS sync you're experiencing and you have a lot of photos they it would take a while.  Once this is completed you should experience a faster sync each time you take pictures.


    If you want the PS photos to be automatically imported into your iPhoto library be sure to set the iPhoto/Photo Stream preferences to do so:




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:50 PM (in response to kananaskis)

    Downloading, i.e. syncing,  23 photos in Photo Stream shouldn't take more a few minutes depending on your internet connection.  I thought you might have had upwards to the upper limit, i.e. 1,000.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to kananaskis)

    It can be extremely variable depending on many things - I've seen it fase and I've seen it very slow

    Apple says


    When do photos upload to My Photo Stream?

    When you enable My Photo Stream on your devices, all new photos you take or import to those devices will be automatically added to your photo stream.

    On an iOS device, new photos you take will be automatically uploaded to your photo stream when you leave the Camera app and are connected to Wi-Fi. Note: My Photo Stream does not push photos over cellular connections.

    On your Mac, any new photos you import to iPhoto or Aperture will begin uploading automatically when you have a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Or, you can change your iPhoto or Aperture preferences so that only photos you manually add to My Photo Stream are uploaded.

    On a PC with iCloud Control Panel 2.0 or later, open a Windows Explorer window. Select Photo Stream under Favorites. Open My Photo Stream. Click the "Add photos" button. Select photos to import to My Photo Stream, and then click Open.

    And of course once they are uploaded you need to wait for them to download - depends on where you are, internet speed and iCloud load - plus who knows what else




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