4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2013 5:21 PM by Just Because
ergo666 Level 1 Level 1

Hello everyone.


I hope someone can help.


When I sync my iPhone 4S with my iPhoto library in iTunes not all of the photos sync. However, it is never a consistant amount. Sometimes a few hundred photos won't sync. Sometime over a thousand.

When I tick the box in iTunes to enable photo syncing it tells me there are 4335 photos to sync which is correct. However, when syncing, the progress bar at the top tells me its syncing the previously mentioned 'random' amount.

I have 4.2GB of free space on my phone and the photos should take up 1.2GB.


This has been driving me insane as I am quite computer savvy but can't work out whats going on.

In addition, this happened with my previous iPhone and I recently formatted my Mac and rebuilt my iPhoto library from scratch (Which took a long time) but still the problem persists. I have no syncing issues with any other media, just photos.


All of my programs (iTunes, iPhoto '11 etc.) are up to date and I am using a late 2009 iMac and iPhone 4S.


Any help that anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.





iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • whatheck Level 5 Level 5

    A iPhoto update came out recently, make sure you have the latest version of iPhoto and iTunes.


    Does the problem go away if you sync less photos, maybe a few albums? Does it go away if you free up more space on your iPhone (the pics don't take up the same amount of space on the iPhone because they are optimized)?


    If it keeps happening, give this a shot -> iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library

  • LastZion Level 1 Level 1

    i am having the same problem recently. I thought it was because I had ios6 on my phone.  Do you per chance??


    Really anoying.  I'm going to try and rebuild.

  • gail from maine Level 7 Level 7

    Hi ergo,


    I have had the same problem with syncing to my iPad. I would select the albums I wanted to sync, it would show the correct number of photos in iTunes, then would only sync a few of the photos in the album. I tried everything I could think of (syncing without the albums then syncing with them again, moving pictures to different albums, etc.) and still had some photos that refulsed to sync. I finally de-seleted the albums, and selected the events that had those photos instead. This seemed to work. But not the best solution....


    I have seen some threads where folks are moving from iPhoto to Apeture and that certainly would be another option. I am planning on doing that later this summer.....


    Not really a solution, but thought I would share what I knew about this with you!





  • Just Because Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same problem after rebuilding the hard drive from scratch this past weekend, only some of the photos in my iPhoto library sync. I have an old 32GB iPhone 3GS with 6GB free running iOS 6.1.2 syncing with iTunes 11 and iPhoto 09 and OSx 10.7.5. Before reloading the OS on my Mac there was no problem syncing all of the photos in my iPhoto library. I hope someone can help figure out this problem.