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Question: Photo Library Backup

I've got around 58000 photos on my MacBook under Photo Library 2 (All already backed up externally) that I want to backup within my upgraded iCloud account but for some reason (unknown to me) they are also moving onto my iPhone. How do I stop this from happening? I plan for any new iPhone photos to automatically sync to my MacBook & then sync into my iCloud Account...Does this sound feasible?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2012), iOS 10.1.1

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Dec 14, 2017 11:52 AM in response to paulmjamison In response to paulmjamison

If you turn on iCloud Photo Library on an iPhone it will automatically sync all photos to and from iCloud. There isn't any option to have multiple iCloud Photo Libraries with a single iCloud account. It syncs all photos to all devices signed in to iCloud which have iCloud Photo Library turned on.


You could turn PhotoStream on in your phone instead of iCloud Photo Library on the phone and use that to sync new photos (taken after that option is turned on) to the Mac.


See:

iCloud Photo Library - Apple Support

My Photo Stream FAQ - Apple Support

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Dec 14, 2017 2:32 PM in response to paulmjamison In response to paulmjamison

There is no iCloud backup service for Macs - you are probably using iCloud Photo Library which is not a backup but a syncing service - the entire purpose of ICPL is to keep libraries on multiple Macs and IOS devices totally identical which sounds like what you are seeing and is exactly what you would expect since that is what ICPL does - for devices with limited storage you use optimized photos


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Dec 14, 2017 11:52 AM in response to paulmjamison In response to paulmjamison

If you turn on iCloud Photo Library on an iPhone it will automatically sync all photos to and from iCloud. There isn't any option to have multiple iCloud Photo Libraries with a single iCloud account. It syncs all photos to all devices signed in to iCloud which have iCloud Photo Library turned on.


You could turn PhotoStream on in your phone instead of iCloud Photo Library on the phone and use that to sync new photos (taken after that option is turned on) to the Mac.


See:

iCloud Photo Library - Apple Support

My Photo Stream FAQ - Apple Support

Dec 14, 2017 11:52 AM

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Dec 14, 2017 2:32 PM in response to paulmjamison In response to paulmjamison

There is no iCloud backup service for Macs - you are probably using iCloud Photo Library which is not a backup but a syncing service - the entire purpose of ICPL is to keep libraries on multiple Macs and IOS devices totally identical which sounds like what you are seeing and is exactly what you would expect since that is what ICPL does - for devices with limited storage you use optimized photos


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