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    Duplicate Pics
    Here's the situation. I take a picture with my iPhone5, and synch my phone with iTunes & iCloud. I have My Photo Stream and Photo Sharing turned on, on my iPhone, both in Settings/ iCloud and Settings/Photo & Camera. After I synch, I discover that I have duplicate pics on my iPhone5 when looking at Photos/Years/Collections/Moments. Why is this happening?

    This part may be TMI, but I also have an iPad, and the settings are the same on it. Could my issue be because of that? If I turned off Photo Sharing & My Photo Stream on the iPad, would this eliminate the problem?

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    Having those options switched on on both devices is exactly how it's designed to be. That's not where your duplicates are coming from.

    iTunes can only load photos onto your devices, it doesn't copy them off. For this you need something else which is a missing step from your description above.

    Are you syncing photos back to your devices in iTunes?

    As an experiment use whatever method you have for copying new photos from your phone then sync in iTunes but don't sync any photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    Having those options switched on on both devices is exactly how it's designed to be. That's not where your duplicates are coming from.

    iTunes can only load photos onto your devices, it doesn't copy them off. For this you need something else which is a missing step from your description above.

    Are you syncing photos back to your devices in iTunes?

    As an experiment use whatever method you have for copying new photos from your phone then sync in iTunes but don't sync any photos.
    I took your experiment. I took some new pics, loaded them into iPhoto on my MBP, the synched my iPhone in iTunes. Guess what? I now have duplicates of those "experiment" pics? What am I doing wrong?

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    And in iTunes on the pictures tab for the device it's unticked? So you're not syncing a images from iTunes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    And in iTunes on the pictures tab for the device it's unticked? So you're not syncing a images from iTunes?
    No it IS ticked. That's my issue??

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    Precisely. Your adding photos to iPhoto. This doesn't remove them from your phone. You're then syncing those same images back to your phone. Hence the duplicates
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    Precisely. Your adding photos to iPhoto. This doesn't remove them from your phone. You're then syncing those same images back to your phone. Hence the duplicates
    When I untick the Photos tab, I would select Keep the photos if I want to keep them on my phone, correct?

    Thank you so much for clearing this up for me.
    (I feel foolish that I couldn't figure it out, but much better to get to the bottom of this.)

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    The panel in iTunes lets you choose which photos from iPhoto are copied to you're phone or ipad. It can only control the photos that it has put there. It cannot remove the photos taken and created on the phone
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