This is an old and new problem for me.
Am traveling and uploaded a lot of photos (and some videos) from my phone to the cloud.
I drove to my childhood home and it’s in the middle of very poor (cellular-only) Internet access.
Trying to get everything synched at a coffee shop.
This is my third “borrowed Internet” run.
I really want my computer to have the same photo-set, to manage the photos on computer, ipad and phone and have them synch.
Computer was taking forever (at coffee shop wifi speeds) to download from the cloud to the Photos app on macOS – They’re about to close and I found my missing phone cable (USB C to iPhone).
This may have been a mistake: I plugged my phone into my computer and imported a bunch of the recent photos/videos to the Photos app on the computer – Now my computer has switched from trying to download the photos to uploading them to the cloud (as if they were new!) and I see duplicate thumbnails for everything I just imported.
Why can’t the app “see” that these are the same photos and not duplicate them?
I have other, longer-lasting issues in this area. … I can’t “import all new” items as clicking on the phone, when it is plugged in, shows about 14 duplicates of each one of hundreds of very old photos (one or two iPhones ago), just waiting to be imported and duplicated again.
I really want to use iOS and macOS photos as my “one-true-archive” (especially as the camera I often have in hand IS my iPhone and I love the location-info and the ease of use) but it makes it so hard!
When I get home, is my fix to export all the photos somewhere, wipe my phone, and wipe out all my photos on iCloud?
How do I get them into the iOS Photos apps with only one copy of each thing and preserve all the date/place data?
I’m going to have to hit pause with 463 items pending upload and close up at the coffee shop (not sure if I’ll get to high-speed anything for 4-5 more days).
Frustrated – Thanks for any suggestions and help!