Why you might need a different number of images, in photos, in different places

Why you might need a different number of images, in photos, in different places

With iCloud photos enabled, you can set your images and videos in sync on all connected devices via iCloud, including maintaining an accessible icloud.com. But readers often write that they have a different number of media in the photos app on an iPhone or iPad-and the photos in macOS. The reason for this comes from a number of causes, but I’ve got some bad news at the end of this article.

photos for macOS has an option to copy media to your library, or reference a photo or a Film, where it sits on a drive. iCloud photos sync media copies, in the library, and under the control of the photos, the reference will be ignored images. The setting you select copy and the reference in photos > settings > General, the Copy “elements to the photos library.” If this Option is disabled, everything you import over a menu item, or drag in the photos that are imported effectively only get a preview image.

As I have written about previously, you can create a smart album that lists all of the referenced images. If you would like to make sure that you synchronize, you canfile – > – consolidation and follow the prompts to copy them in the library./p>

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A smart album to display, how many images are referenced, but not copied, and in your library.

does not return But that everything that might be missing. Create a smart album to the media to find the one that has a problem, the Upload-to-iCloud-photos, and then diagnose why that is the case:


  1. Select file > New Smart Album.

  2. the

  3. Select photo to upload to iCloud-photos.

  4. the

  5. call it something descriptive, like “Unable to upload to iCloud”, and click OK.

before you click OK, you will see photos summary of how many elements correspond to this condition. Apple has a step-to fix-step process, the state is: export the unaltered originals, you lose all changes and metadata (such as description and keywords, unless you have to copy that separately), then re-import and delete the media-elements, could not upload.

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Create a smart album that shows problems with uploads.

Now for the bad news! The photos, apps, and iCloud-the photos seem to agree on how many elements are present in the library of the corpus. Worse still, photos for macOS different number of images and videos, and total items, depending on where you look and how you are looking for.

For example, in my pictures library on the Mac, I maintain a master set, and download all full-resolution originals (per photos > settings > iCloud), I get this buzz


  • At the bottom of the photos to display: “62,580 photos, 2,780 Videos.” This is a total of 65,360. This is the referenced elements, includes so, it is, of course, a larger number than in iCloud-photos.

  • the

  • Using smart albums to find out which images and videos are referred to, and which copied not: 44,047, in the library, and 21,734 referenced elements. That adds up to 65,781! Where are the missing 3,201?

  • the

  • The Info palette (window – > Info): “62,978 photos, 2,804 Videos”—total 65,782! A from the previous.

  • the

  • Create a smart album that shows photos and videos that can upload to iCloud, photos: 40,229 elements. A 3,818 item difference from the smart album “copies, not” are referenced.

  • the

  • At the icloud.com, iCloud photos not showing: 43,094 photos, 953 Videos—what is believes, at least to 44,407, or the number of photos for macOS, a smart album, are part of the iCloud photos.

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Why don’t these numbers all add up, right? You’ve got me.

I have never been able to, why these numbers are so different, and they do not change if I repair the photos library, therefore, the corruption or the database is not errors are likely to be the Problem. It’s just a secret, none of us can solve.

This Mac 911 article, the answer to a question that was submitted from Macworld reader Ashni.

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Released on Tue, 05 may 2020 12:00:00 +0000

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