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5 Ways to Solve iPhone Photos Not Showing up in iPhoto/Photos

By default when we plug in our iPhone to Mac, iPhoto will automatically open prompting whether to sync all photos from iPhone with computer. However, it’s not rare to find that some users have encountered problems such as iPhoto won’t import from iPhone, camera roll not showing in iPhoto/Photos. In this post, we will introduce some tips to fix this issue, as well as an powerful iPhoto alternative software to transfer pictures between iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6/6s/5/5s and Mac with ease.

Tip 1: Check If You Have Enabled iCloud Photo Library or My Photo Stream

If you have turned on iCloud settings for Photos on both your Mac and iPhone, your camera roll may have already been imported to the computer, therefore it’s possible that iPhoto does not show photos from iPhone.

icloud photos opions on mac

How to See iCloud Photo Library Options?

  • 1. On Mac: Go to iPhoto/Photos > Preferences from the menu bar > General > iCloud.
  • 2. On iPhone with iOS 12/11/10.3: go to Settings > Your name > iCloud > Photos. >With iOS 10.2 or earlier: go to Settings > iCloud > Photos.

How to Access iPhoto Library to Confirm Whether the Photos have been Imported Already

You can go to iPhoto/Photos > Preference > General > Show in Finder and right click the files to select Show Package Contents to see details or open ~ Pictures/iPhoto Library/Masters to call out the instruction.

show iphoto library contents

If the images are sitting exactly in the album folder, there is no need to sync with iPhoto/Photos again.

Tip 2: Restart Your Mac or iPhone

Disconnect your iPhone when iPhoto not loading photos from iPhone and shutdown your Mac OS X computer, also reboot the iOS device if necessary. You might see a prompt on the iPhone asking to Trust This Computer when plugging in the second time. Tap Trust to continue. You might also need to keep it unlock in order to successfully import pictures from iPhone to iPhoto/Photos App.

Tip 3: Try to Take a New Photo to See Whether iPhoto Can Read Normally

If you do see your iPhone is connected on iPhoto/Photos App while thumbnails not showing up or partially appearing on the interface, take a new picture immediately or save a screenshot by pressing the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. The issue that iPhoto won’t import from iPhone should be closed if the program isn’t corrupted.

Tip 4: Update Mac OS X Version and Photo Management Software

If you still can’t import iPhone camera roll to Mac or iPhoto only recognizes some photos, an effective solution is to update the system.

  • Get the latest version of Mac OS system (Mac OS Mojave).
  • Update iPhoto to Photos App if necessary, the later works with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and later.
  • Check for updates of iOS 12/11 on your iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6 Plus/6s/5.

Tip 5: Rebuild iPhoto Thumbnails to Solve Imported Photos Not Showing Up

If your photo stream has been exported into iPhoto Library, but you cannot see them when launching iPhoto application, you can follow below steps to fix it.

  • Make a backup of iPhoto Library in case of data missing.
  • Quit iPhoto if it’s ongoing and then go to Finder > Application, choose iPhoto without opening it.
  • Press Command + Option keys until you see Photo Library First Aid window as below. For iPhoto version 9.2 and earlier, the interface will look different but almost the same.
  • show iphoto library contents
  • Select Rebuild Thumbnails. It could take a while when library is massive. After that relaunch iPhoto and looking for your missing pictures.
Note: This way only works when the original images are indeed stored in the Pictures folder.

Best iPhoto Alternative Tool: Manage and Transfer iPhone Photos with Tenorshare iCareFone

Should above methods fail to solve iPhoto not showing all photos from iPhone smoothly, you are highly recommended to try Tenorshare iCareFone for Mac to get this job easily done. Within a few clicks and all pictures, including camera roll, photo stream, as well as other albums you created, will be on your computer. It also allows you to transfer photos to other iOS devices if necessary.

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To add photos from iPhone/iPad to Mac, install this iOS transferring software on your Mac and open it. Go to File Manager > Photos. Select the images need migrating and then click “Export”.

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That’s all you need to do. What I should say without bias is that it’s indeed much easier than using iPhoto or Photos. Even if you are a computer newbie, you can make it by yourself, and our support team always stays online to provide professional help. Free download Tenorshare iCareFone now to transfer your photos, music, videos, contacts, iBooks, notes, etc into computer.  

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