I want to use
iCloud Photo Library with my Apple ecosystem. The problem is that my Mac contains hundreds of thousands of photos that would take up hundreds of GB of iCloud storage space if I uploaded everything
iCloud Photo Library,
So I found the following instructions:
- Macworld https://www.macworld.com/article/3445482/how-to-selective-choose-what-photos-sync-in-photos-for-mac.html
- Macmost https://macmost.com/ using-referenced-photos-to-exclude-photos-from-icloud.html
I did this. I created a new photo library file and created it as a system photo library. This activates the
iCloud Photo Library with this photo library file.
Referenced File In the setting described in the Macworld manual, I imported all my files. I'm going to vote and
Consolidate The photos I want to upload them to
iCloud Photo Library (see Macmost Guide at 3:43)
Photos for Mac then copied the original photos into his library and their status is no longer referenced -> this behavior is expected.
Next, however, all of my photos (referenced or consolidated) are uploaded to
iCloud Photo Library,
The only way to remove the photos that I don't want in the list
iCloud Photo Library is to delete it on your other devices.
Perhaps the following example will improve my explanation.
- Set the photo settings so that they follow Macworld (activate
- Import 5 photos with names:
a.jpg; b.jpg; c.jpg; d.jpg; e.jpg
- Select files to upload
iCloud Photo LibraryFor example file
b.jpg through consolidation
I should expect to have 2 photos in mine
iCloud Photo Library which is
b.jpg, However, what happened is that with that too
Reference File Frame,
Photos for Mac has uploaded all 5 photos to the
iCloud Photo Library, If I delete all 5 files from iCloud.com or iOS devices, all 5 photos will be moved to it
Recently Deleted Album in my iOS devices.
Photos for Mac, file only
b.jpg moved into the
Recently Deleted Folder that is expected since they are already consolidated. When I restore the file
b.jpg of the
Recently Deleted Folder in
Photos for Mac, these 2 files will also disappear from the
Recently Deleted Folders in my iOS devices. Only the 3 referenced photos that exist
e.jpg, left in iOS
Recently Deleted Folder.
That is, this file
b.jpg behave as expected since they are already consolidated on the
iCloud Photo Library, However, the remaining 3 files are "Rouge" files that should not be uploaded to
iCloud Photo Library was uploaded anyway.
I can then proceed to delete the rest of the file from my iOS devices and everything will be fine again.
The most frustrating thing is that the next time I import a new folder, this unexpected behavior repeats and I have to repeat all of the above steps, but with an increasing number of files that need to be deleted from iOS devices and restored from a Mac and over and over again Delete iOS devices.
I can't imagine if I've already met tens of thousands of photo files …
Can anyone explain what really happened? Have you ever encountered something like this, and how can I solve this problem once and for all?
Thank you very much.