One of the handiest features of the Photos app (which replaced iPhoto in 2015) is its ability to automatically sync with your Photo Stream. As long as you have Photo Stream sharing enabled on your. ICloud Photos and My Photo Stream. automatically upload your photos so that you can see them at home or on the go. ICloud Photos also uploads your videos and keeps all of your edits up to date too. On the Mac, iCloud Photos and My Photo Stream settings are in the preferences of the Photos app. Enable My Photo Stream Photos Preferences iCloud in macOS and in Settings account name.

Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s

Many iPhone users have found that the photos from their iPhone not showing up on Mac in iPhoto or Photos App when they try to import photos from iPhone to Mac. According to other users, a similar situation is that iCloud photos not showing up on Mac when they sync photos from iPhone to iCloud and want to access the photos from iPhone on Mac. No matter what kind of situation you are in, you can get your problem solved by reading this article that covers a FREE and effective way to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud and useful fixes to iPhone photos not showing up on Mac. (The fixes to iPhone photos not showing up on PC Windows 10 are also provided.)

Part 1: What to do when iPhone photos not showing up on Mac in iPhoto/Photos

In most of the cases, you use iPhoto or Photos App in order to import photos from iPhone to Mac. If transferring photos from iPhone to Mac is your main purpose, you can get things done by using Solution 1 at no cost. If you still want to import photos from iPhone to Mac via iPhoto/Photos, the fixes are also provided below.

Solution 1: Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto/Photos for free

Other than using iPhoto or Photos App, you can import photos from your iPhone to Mac with other iPhone data transfer tools, among which EaseUS MobiMover Free is the only one you can use without any cost or limitations. With MobiMover installed on your Mac (also compatible with PC), you can transfer files between an iOS device (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) and a computer or between two iOS devices.

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

As shown in the list above, you can transfer photos in Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and Photo Library from your iPhone to Mac. It’s really a good choice to copy photos from iPhone to Mac with MobiMover when you face the iPhone photos not showing up on Mac in iPhoto/Photos issue. Now, follow the steps below to safely and quickly import iPhone photos to Mac.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable. Run EaseUS MobiMover, choose 'Phone to Mac' and click the 'Next' button to continue.

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to Mac all at once. After that, don't forget to customize the storage path for the exported photos unless you want to save them on your desktop.

Step 3. Now, click the 'Transfer' button to start transferring photos or other files from your iPhone to Mac without iTunes. Exporting files from iPhone to Mac with MobiMover is the right way for backup to avoid unexpected data loss.

In addition to being an iOS data transfer tool, MobiMover can also serve as a free iPhone content manager that helps to manage your iPhone content by deleting/editing/adding items from a computer. Don’t hesitate to give it a try.

Solution 2: Check whether you have enabled iCloud Photo Library

As you may know, by turning on iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone and Mac, the photos on your iPhone will be automatically synced to your Mac, which might be the very reason why your iPhone photos are not showing up on Mac (because the photos have existed on your Mac already). Thus, when you find your iPhone photos not showing up on your Mac, go to check whether you have enabled iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone and Mac. If the option is on, you don’t need to import photos from your iPhone to Mac via iPhoto/Photos anymore because the photos have been synced to your Mac. However, if you still want to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac via iPhoto/Photos, turn off iCloud Photo Library on both your iPhone and Mac, and then do it with ease.

Solution 3: Stop/Remove photo storage service

If you reported your problem as iPhone photos not showing up on Mac in iPhoto, you can also check whether you are using other photo storage services like Dropbox. Services like Dropbox might conflict with the iPhoto App on your Mac, which is likely to cause the iPhone photos not showing up on Mac error. If that’s the case, stopping or removing the service will fix the issue.

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Solution 4: Restart your Mac and iPhone

When your iPhone photos are not showing up on Mac, one of the common solutions is to restart your devices. Just perform a restart on both your iPhone and Mac, unlock your iPhone, connect it back to your Mac, and see whether the problem still exists. (Don’t forget to choose Trust when a prompt appears on your iPhone screen asking you whether to trust this computer.)

The four solutions above show you what to do when your iPhone photos are not showing up on Mac in iPhoto or Photos App. If you find your iPhone photos not showing up on Mac in iCloud when you try to download iCloud photos to Mac, follow the tips in Part 2 to help yourself out.

Part 2: What to do when iCloud photos not showing up on Mac

What do you use iCloud photos for? If your answer is to sync photos from iPhone to Mac, you can easily do it with the help of Solution 1 in Part 1. If that’s not what you want, you can try the potential tips below to fix the iPhone photos not showing up on Mac in iCloud issue.

Tip 1: Make sure you have signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID

For photos to be synced to your iCloud devices, you need to ensure that you have signed in to iCloud on your devices with the SAME Apple ID.

Tip 2: Check the Internet connection on your iPhone/Mac

If you have a poor network connect your iPhone or Mac, the photo syncing is likely to fail. Stable Wi-Fi network is required when you want to sync your iPhone photos to Mac via iCloud. Thus, when your iPhone photos are not showing up on Mac in iCloud, or in other words, iCloud photos are not syncing to Mac, you should have a check of the network connection on your devices. If there is something wrong with it, don’t hesitate to fix it immediately.

Tip 3: Turn on iCloud Photo Library/My Photo Stream

To access photos your photos and videos from all your iCloud devices, you need to turn on iCloud Photo Library/My Photo Stream on both your iPhone and Mac. If iPhone photos are not showing up on your Mac in iCloud, you should also check whether the options are set up correctly.

  • On iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings > [your name] >iCloud >Photos and then switch on iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream.
  • On Mac: Go to System Preferences > iCloud, make sure Photos is selected and click Options next to it. Then turn on iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream.

Tip 4: Check your iCloud Storage

iCloud storage is limited and photos always take lots of your iCloud space. If you are complaining that not all iPhone photos are showing up on your Mac, the insufficient iCloud storage space might be the culprit. If that’s the case, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using the method introduced in Solution 1, free up your iCloud space, or buy more iCloud storage.

Do you know the frustration of looking for a photo on your computer only to realize it’s on your phone? Or trying to show someone a picture from your vacation only to remember you took that pic with your DSLR camera, so it’s on your computer at home? It’s this exact pain point that Apple tried to alleviate with My Photo Stream.

What is My Photo Stream?

Think of it as a feed of all your most recent photos. With the exception of Live Photos, My Photo Stream automatically uploads 1,000 pics from the last 30 days from each of your devices. So regardless of which device you’re using, your latest photos are on it.

iCloud Photo Library vs. My Photo Stream

You might be wondering what the difference is between iCloud Photo Library (iCloud Photos in iOS 12) and My Photo Stream. While they offer similar functionality, it’s best to think of Photo Stream as a means of syncing pictures between devices, whereas iCloud Photo Library is more akin to a backup for your photos.

iCloud Photo Library tends to be a little more robust than My Photo Stream. It’s not limited by the number of files and can keep photos for longer than 30 days. It also supports a broader array of file formats for photos, as well as Live Photos and videos.

I’m sure at this point you’re asking yourself why you’d even bother with Photo Stream over iCloud. Let me quickly bring up one point about My Photo Stream: it’s free. That’s right, anyone with an Apple ID has access to it without requiring any additional cloud storage.

In other words, both have their benefits, and each serves a specific purpose. My Photo Stream is just a nimble way to access your recent photos on all your devices.

What’s the difference between Camera Roll and My Photo Stream?

The simplest way to explain the difference between your Camera Roll and Photo Stream is that your Camera Roll is where all the pictures you've taken with your iPhone are, whereas My Photo Stream syncs only the most recent ones, so you can access them on other devices.

Does My Photo Stream use iCloud storage?

Unlike iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream doesn’t use any iCloud storage. It does, however, take up space on the devices it syncs with, which is why there is a limitation of only 1,000 pictures and only from the last 30 days.

How to use My Photo Stream on iPhone and Mac

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The beauty of My Photo Stream is that once you turn it on on each of your devices, you’re all set. My Photo Stream automatically uploads your photos, so there’s no additional thought or action required from you. You can set it and forget it!

Before you upload to My Photo Stream

Now that you know Photo Stream is limited to only 1,000 most recent photos, you should be smart about what you’re uploading. The last thing you want is to waste that limited amount on dozens of only slightly different shots from the trip you took last weekend.

So before you turn on My Photo Stream, take a few minutes to clean up your Camera Roll with Gemini Photos for iPhone. It helps you quickly find and delete unneeded similar photos, so that only the best ones make it to My Photo Stream. Gemini Photos also detects blurred shots, screenshots you may no longer need, and other clutter.

Here’s how you delete similar photos on your iPhone:

  1. Download Gemini Photos from the App Store
  2. Launch it to scan your Photos library
  3. Go to Similar. Similar photos will be grouped and pre-selected, with the best photo in each group remaining.
  4. Review a group of pics and tap the Trash icon to remove selected
  5. Repeat for other sets of similar pics and tap Delete at the bottom

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That’s it! Just like that you’ve got an organized photo library that’s ready for My Photo Stream.

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How to switch on My Photo Stream

With your photo collections all cleaned up, let’s go ahead and turn on My Photo Stream. We’ll go through how to do this on both your iPhone and Mac. On your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID account
  3. Go to iCloud > Photos
  4. Turn on the switch Upload to My Photo Stream

On your Mac:

  1. Open the Photos app
  2. Click Photos in the menu bar
  3. Go to Preferences > iCloud
  4. Check the box for My Photo Stream

How to turn off My Photo Stream

If you decide Photo Stream isn’t working out for you, you can turn it off without deleting any photos from your iPhone or Mac. Turning off My Photo Stream on one device does not turn it off on all of them, so this is a process you’ll have to do on each connected device.

Follow the steps below to turn off My Photo Stream on iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on your Apple ID account
  3. Select iCloud and then Photos
  4. Turn off the toggle for My Photo Stream

And this is how you switch it off on Mac:

  1. Open the Photos app
  2. Go to Photos > Preferences > iCloud from the menu bar
  3. Uncheck the box for My Photo Stream

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Why is My Photo Stream not updating?

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If you check out your Photo Stream and it looks like it’s not updating, here are a couple of things that may be causing the issue.

  • My Photo Stream doesn’t update over cellular. On iPhone, My Photo Stream only uploads when connected to Wi-Fi. On Mac, it requires a Wifi or Ethernet connection.
  • Check your battery. To conserve power, My Photo Stream stop syncing if the device’s battery drops below 20%.
  • Make sure Photo Stream is turned on on each device.Just because you have it on on your iPhone doesn’t mean it’s turned on on your Mac.
  • Make sure you’re using the same Apple ID. My Photo Stream only syncs with the Apple ID it’s connected to, so check if you’re logged in with the same Apple ID on all your devices.

Now that you’ve got the basics of My Photo Stream covered, it’s time to test it out. Take all the pictures you want and try syncing them between your iPhone, your Mac, your iPad, what have you. Once you have Photo Stream all set up, you can snap photos away, knowing that when you get back to your Mac, your new pics will already be there.