1. codemonkey85's Avatar
    I recently started using iCloud Photo Library as a means for sharing photos with other iOS / Mac users. Up until recently I mostly used Google+ for this - I've been auto-uploading photos there for years. I'd like to copy my photos from Google+ into iCloud Photo Library, but I also don't wish to turn off auto-backup on Google+, because A) having a duplicate back-up is a good idea in my opinion, and B) Google+ provides auto-awesome and other cool features.

    How can I copy my photos to iCloud but avoid duplicates in Google+ due to auto-backup?
    05-16-2015 05:43 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Download your photos to your computer and then upload them to your iCloud Photo Library.
    05-16-2015 07:46 AM
  3. codemonkey85's Avatar
    Right, that's how I can copy them over - but how can I do it while preventing duplicate uploads to Google+? See, if I just copy the photos to iCloud Photo Library, they'll sync to my phone (by design). I'm afraid that once they sync, Google Drive will see them and try to upload them all over again.
    05-16-2015 07:49 AM
  4. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Right, that's how I can copy them over - but how can I do it while preventing duplicate uploads to Google+? See, if I just copy the photos to iCloud Photo Library, they'll sync to my phone (by design). I'm afraid that once they sync, Google Drive will see them and try to upload them all over again.
    Then turn the Google Drive or Google+ upload off until you delete the photos from your camera roll.
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    05-16-2015 08:30 AM
  5. codemonkey85's Avatar
    It's iCloud Photo Library... there is no camera roll. There's 'All Photos', and what would be the point of deleting them from there if I wanted them in iCloud in the first place?
    05-16-2015 08:56 AM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I'm clearly not understanding something. I thought you wanted a way to copy photos from Google+ to your iCloud Photo Library and then prevent Google+ from uploading them again. As stated above by Ledsteplin, you disable the syncing of the photos by Google+. If the photos are NOT in your camera roll, how then would Google+ have access to the photos? Still, if it has access directly to your iCloud Photo Library, can you not disable that access?
    05-16-2015 09:09 AM
  7. Bigeric23's Avatar
    Just a thought: why don't you experiment with just a couple of photos until you have "your process" tested and working properly?
    05-16-2015 09:12 AM
  8. codemonkey85's Avatar
    As stated above by Ledsteplin, you disable the syncing of the photos by Google+.
    But as I said, I don't want to permanently disable Google+ auto backup, because I want pictures I take now and going forward to be backed up there in addition to iCloud. I just don't want duplicates of pictures that currently exist.

    Just a thought: why don't you experiment with just a couple of photos until you have "your process" tested and working properly?
    That's a good idea - maybe this whole thing is a non-issue. I'll try it out and report my findings.
    05-16-2015 09:55 AM
  9. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    But as I said, I don't want to permanently disable Google+ auto backup, because I want pictures I take now and going forward to be backed up there in addition to iCloud. I just don't want duplicates of pictures that currently exist.



    That's a good idea - maybe this whole thing is a non-issue. I'll try it out and report my findings.
    You sound as if you want to have continuous upload to both iCloud Photo Library and Google+. You'll most likely need to do one, turn it off, then upload to the other. Then delete from camera roll.
    05-16-2015 08:32 PM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    You're making it more complicated than it is. You won't duplicate if you turn off the sync while the other is uploading. Then after you delete from the camera roll, turn Google+ back on and going forward you can do both simultaneously. I think.
    05-16-2015 08:37 PM
  11. codemonkey85's Avatar
    Why do you keep saying "Camera Roll"? There is no camera roll with iCloud Photo Library....
    05-16-2015 11:10 PM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Why do you keep saying "Camera Roll"? There is no camera roll with iCloud Photo Library....
    I don't use iCloud Photo Library. I just meant where your photos are coming from. You're uploading them from somewhere to get started. Most people who don't have iCloud Photo Library enabled keep their photos on the camera roll.
    05-17-2015 12:03 AM
  13. codemonkey85's Avatar
    Eh, forget it. I'll just disable Google+ auto backup.
    05-17-2015 12:13 AM
  14. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Eh, forget it. I'll just disable Google+ auto backup.
    You won't lose the photos in Google+. You can add more later.
    05-17-2015 12:28 AM

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