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bonnyface Level 1 Level 1
It seems that every time I try to view my Flickr sets in iPhoto '11, I get a message that it's deleting another set from my Flickr account. Of course the photos aren't gone, but I'm down to only 3 sets left from more than a dozen. Why is this happening? How can I stop it? It's going to wipe out my entire Flickr library.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhoto '11
  • different computers Level 1 Level 1

    I have exactly this same problem.


    iPhoto deletes flickr sets, seemingly at random. There's no option to NOT delete them, just a warning that it is going to do so.


    And it happens to albums that I have NOT deleted from iPhoto.

  • kamiita Level 1 Level 1

    This happened to me for the first time today- I was about to upload a new set, and got a message telling me that one of my sets was deleted.  Not cool!

  • Juhwawa Level 1 Level 1

    This happened to me today. I just clicked on the Flickr link to add a photo and suddenly a note popped up saying that an album was being deleted. I hit ok and then it said another one. I tried changing my flickr password, but that didn't do anything to stop it. Then I went to my preferences in iPhoto and tried disabling my Flickr account but it said if I did, it would delete all 200 albums, but they would still be on Flickr. Yikes. I decided to force quit iPhoto and worry about it later! This is really making me nervous about using iPhoto.

  • Juhwawa Level 1 Level 1

    One note in an iPhoto 9.1.5 update that came today: "Deleting photos from a web album using the contextual menu now removes them from the album without deleting them from the library"


    This ISN'T what was happening, but it is close enough that perhaps updating with this will fix things?? Hope so.

  • gugavieira Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Juhwawa,

    just wondering if this 9.1.5 update fixed the problem about removing a photo ONLY from the photoset.


    I have multiple copies of some photos on different sets and everytime I delete from one set iPhoto deletes the photo from the whole flickr.



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9
    Photos for Mac

    I have not read the 9.1.5  release - but the design of iPhoto is to sync with social media so if you delete photos from iPhoto they are deleted from the social media - I'm not clear if this is what some are experiancing  or not but is the way the iPhoto - social media set up works



  • gugavieira Level 1 Level 1

    I got it. But my point is, I'm not deleting it from iPhoto. I have the same pic on two sets for example. If I remove it from the first set it's automtically removed from the second set as well.


    This same behaviour doen't apply to iPhoto. If I remove a photo from one album iPhoto doesn't remove the same picture from other albums that might have the same pic.

  • adan88 Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the exact same issue with iPhoto '11 (9.2.1). Any time I try to upload a fourth set, the oldest one automatically gets deleted, leaving me with three again. It has nothing to do with upload limits, or the number of photos I'm trying to upload. I really hope there's a fix for this soon, as it would be much simpler than using the Flickr Uploader all the time.

  • gugavieira Level 1 Level 1

    @adan88: Do you have a Flickr Pro account? With the free account you're limited to 3 Flickr sets. Maybe that's why you fourth set is no showing.


  • pedwar Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same issue with iphoto 9.2.1 with a Flickr Pro account as of today. iPhoto announced that several sets had been deleted. I don't believe the sets actually were deleted, but this is annoying. iPhoto shouldn't be able to delete photos...the whole point of my using Flickr is to backup my photos in case something goes wrong with iPhoto or I accidentally delete something...

  • frankv2005 Level 1 Level 1

    Has anyone resolved this?  I am having the same problem as many of you.  I just now started using Flickr as a way to have a web 'safety' for a lot of our photos.   But each time I add a new 'set', Iphoto reports that it is removing other sets from Flicker.  At first I thought that perhaps it wasn't going back and actually taking them off Flickr-  but it seems that it IS.   Items I could view earlier today are no longer on Flickr.  What gives?



  • yugenro Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, this is happening to me too!!! What the ****??? That is SCREWED UPc


    I agree with others here-- I am using Flickr to BACK UP my photos! This is DELETING them!!!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10

    iPhoto is designed to manage your Flickr Photos so using it as a back up is unwise. If the images are lost from iPhoto they will be deleted from Flirckr too.


    So use an uploader to back your files up on flickr, not sync them with iPhoto.






  • 3eagles Level 1 Level 1

    I believe this has to do with the restrictions from a free account.  According to the link below, "On a free account, Flickr limits the number of photos displayed. If you have fewer than 200 photos, we display them all. If you have more than 200 photos, only the most recent 200 are displayed."


    Check your photostream to see if the pictures are still there but the sets have been removed.  If so, this is probably what happened. Hope that helps...


    The site goes on to say: "It goes on to Your photos are not removed from Flickr, only from the list of your photos. If you blogged a photo and it no longer appears in your list, it will still appear on your blog, and the photo's Flickr page will still work just fine."


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