4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2009 2:15 PM by Allan Sampson
kiwitex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How can I add new photos to the library of my iphone without deleting the ones I already have? Itunes tells me that if I sync new photos I'll delete the ones I already have there. Is there a way out of that?

I Mac 8.1, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6 (9,265 points)
    It will remove photos if you go and choose a different folder to sync with.
    To add more, you put more photos into the folder you have already setup to sync with.
    You can also add new folders under that folder.

    For example: Lets say you told it to sync with
    C:\IPHONEPHOTOS
    You can just put more photos in that folder that you want on the phone.
    If you want to organize you can make subfolders like:
    C:\IPHONEPHOTOS\FAMILY
    C:\IPHONEPHOTOS\FRIENDS
    C:\IPHONEPHOTOS\2009VACATION
    etc
    Then put photos in each of those folders with iTunes still pointed at: C:\IPHONEPHOTOS

    Note though you cannot go deeper than that, meaning you cannot say
    C:\IPHONEPHOTOS\FAMILY\WIFE
    It will only get the family folder the iphonephotos folder.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,365 points)
    I use iPhoto on my Mac for importing photos from a digital camera (including from my iPhone), and for photo storage and management. I make use of iPhoto albums for many photos. Under the Photos tab for my iPhone sync preferences, I have selected albums chosen with all iPhoto albums available in the window blow. I select which albums I want transferred to my iPhone followed by a sync. If I want to remove an album or albums from my iPhone, I deselect the albums in the window below followed by a sync. To add photos to my iPhone, I can place the photos in an existing iPhoto album selected to be transferred to my iPhone, or create a new iPhoto album for the photos, select the new album in the window below followed by a sync.

    Are you manually managing photos on your Mac?
  • kiwitex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, I am managing manually. What happens is that I erased the album I made originally and now I am trying to add pics to the iphone without erasing the ones I have in there.
    I see that I will have to keep the pics I put in it somewhere all the time.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,365 points)
    Since you are manually managing photo storage on your Mac, you deleted the folder of photos on your Mac that you selected to be transferred to your iPhone under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences?

    If so, was this an accident or on purpose?

    Photos transferred to your iPhone are optimized for viewing on your iPhone as part of the iTunes transfer process - the original resolution and size of the photos is reduced on your iPhone, which is why Apple doesn't support transferring these photos in the opposite direction.

    If I delete an iPhoto album from iPhoto that I have selected to be transferred to my iPhone under the Photos tab for my iPhone sync preferences, the iPhoto album and all photos within will be erased from my iPhone with the next sync. The same applies when manually managing photos with folder selected on your Mac's hard drive to be transferred to your iPhone. If you erase the selected folder with the photos from your Mac's hard drive, the folder and photos will be erased from your iPhone with the next sync.