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Drick55 Level 1 Level 1

When using iPhoto for iOS I have noticed that it seems to create multiple versions of an image, even if you just open and view the image.


How can I consoldate these images into one.


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iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iOS 5.1
  • MadisonP Level 5 Level 5



    I can't reproduce the behavior you depict above on either my iPhone 4 or my iPad 2.  You say you are just opening the image in the Photos view and it replicates or do you have to do something else like attempt to edit it?



    If you go to the on your iPad is there still only one instance of each image?

    Are these images you synced over from your computer or are they in your camera roll?

    Did they come from photostream?



    Assuming the images aren't duplicated in the, I'd suggest you turn your iPad off and on and delete and reinstall the


    If the same thing occurs after removing and reinstalling iPhoto, I would think there must be something going on in the which is in turn causing issues in iPhoto.  Backup and restore your device:


    Hope that helps.

  • Drick55 Level 1 Level 1



    Thanks, I have followed your suggestions and have managed to re-create the error


    Photo 2012-03-09 3 35 44 PM.png


    • The duplicates do not show in the iPad photos app, occurs only in the iPhotos app.
    • Duplicates only show in the "Photo" section of iPhotos
    • I uninstalled and re-installed the iPhotos app. After the app completes "Updating Photo Library" it shows the duplicates, but initially only 2.
    • It duplicates only photos that are in the camera roll and a photo album.
    • If a new photo gets added the the Camera Roll or the Photo Stream, the "Updating Photo Library" runs again and creates another duplicate. One for every time the update happens.


    Looks like a bug in the software, possibly.




  • MadisonP Level 5 Level 5

    Hi Derek,


    If it were a bug in the software it would be happening to me too or to the vast majority of iPhoto for iOS users.  As its not, that means the issue is likely with some other item of data on your device.


    If you have any other apps which access the contents of the it might be worthwhile to uninstall them temporarily in case they are interfering.  Once removed, power cycle the iPad and test again.


    Failing that:

    Backup and restore would be the next step:

  • Drick55 Level 1 Level 1

    I have now started the process of restoring my iPad. I have a feeling it won't help but lets see.


    Just some feedback, I have been able to consistantly recreate the problem.


    I uninstalled then reinstalled iPhoto. The duplicate files are removed, and then one duplicate is created the first time it opens. An additional duplicate is created for each update of the library.


    Only pictures in albums are duplicated. If I remove all albums and reinstall, there are no duplicates. As soon as I add an album, then those pictures are duplicated. If I then remove the album the duplicates remain until I reinstall iPhoto again.


    Strange thing is, this does not happen with all albums. I also changed the name of the album, but that didn't help.


    Will see what happens after the iPad restore.

  • Drick55 Level 1 Level 1

    I have followed the full restore process on my iPad, reinstalled all apps.


    Opened iPhoto and the problem still occures.


    I can recreate the issue every time, as detailed above.


    If I add a new album in photos app, then open iPhoto, those pictures will now be duplicated once. As soon as iPhoto does a Library Update, another duplicate picture will appear.


    There may be something else causing this outside iPhoto, but there are too many photo apps on my iPad to investigate.


    I think I will wait for Apple to find their bug and fix it.

  • Brant Freer Level 1 Level 1

    I am having exactly the same problem. Every time I launch iPhoto for iPad I get an increasing number of duplicates. Can't figure out what I am doing wrong. Hope someone comes up with a solution.

  • Brant Freer Level 1 Level 1

    Here is a shot of what is happening in iPhoto for ipad on my ipad 2:



  • producer–steve Level 1 Level 1

    I'm havin this problem too!! I hide the duplicates and more appear!! Argghh.

  • producer–steve Level 1 Level 1

    Seems to be that every time the iPhoto app updates from the camera roll it adds one new duplicate image to the photo area.

  • producer–steve Level 1 Level 1

    Yeah Drick55, Library Update, another duplicate.

  • FamilyEveritt Level 1 Level 1

    Yep, happening here too.

    4S, 5.1, iPhoto 1.0 (173)


    Seems to create multiple each time I open it.

  • producer–steve Level 1 Level 1

    Another Library Update and I'm up to 24 copies of one image!!

  • pr11 Level 1 Level 1

    I have iPhoto on an iPhone 4s. And an iPad 2 both with IOS 5.1

    Only the iPad has this duplicating problem. I have deleted iPhoto and reinstalled,still duplicates. Reset the iPad,still duplicates. It seems to happen when an album is created..also happens with existing albums. My photo list is getting larger and no way to delete photos. It is tripling some photos. Photo list is 708 photos,iPhoto show 1453 photos!


  • Lee77777 Level 1 Level 1

    Me too ???

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