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    iCloud Photo Library and Photos for Mac
    I would like to be sure that the photos that are downloaded to my Macbook Pro from my camera to Photos for Mac are backed up to iCloud Photos? I've followed all instructions on going to system preferences>icloud>tick the box etc etc but the photos don't show up when I log in to icloud online.

    Please help!!

    Jack

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    A warm welcome to Mac-Forums, Jack. Good to have you along.

    I am going to give the settings etc. I understand that you have tried these, but this is the correct way to set things up:

    Firstly, you say "camera" rather than iPhone so I assume that you have a "real" camera and that you download pictures from the camera to your MacBook Pro (MBP) by cable to a USB port or equivalent.

    Please tell me if this wrong because if you have an iPhone, the settings would be different.

    On your MBP, open the Photos app. Then Click on the Photos icon in the top menu bar and select Preferences.

    In preferences, choose iCloud. The box that you need to check is "iCloud Photos Library", like this:

    Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 22.23.30.png

    You will probably want to click the Download photos..... as in the screenshot.

    That's it. For this to work, of course, you need to be signed into your iCloud account on the MBP and have photos checked for syncing.

    To check this, go into System Preferences > iCloud and check all the things you want to sync. Along from photos is "options". Click on that and make sure that iCloud Photo Library is checked. It should be if you followed the above. If not, check it.

    This is the correct way.

    Please report back.

    Ian
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    Added note: I sure hope the OP has a normal backup as well and I sure wouldn't rely on iCloud as the only backup!!!




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    Hi IWT and thank you for taking the time to reply. Correct in the assumption it is an external camera. Alas I have followed the above and still not backed up - I am stumped!

    Anything else I can try?

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    Hi again. I’m sorry you are having so much trouble.

    My first question, and I absolutely mean no offence, but how do you know they aren’t backed up?

    I ask this because if you have a lot of pictures and they are of fairly high resolution, then the backup process could take a long time - and by long time, I mean days or longer.

    To expedite the backup, keep your MacBook Pro plugged into power supply and ensure you have the best, ie , strongest Wi Fi you can get.

    Furthermore, keep the Photos app open in the background.

    Roughly how fast is your WiFi and approximately how many pictures are we talking about here?

    Don’t give up. We’ll get there.

    Ian
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    Roughly how fast is your WiFi and approximately how many pictures are we talking about here?
    Using http://www.speedtest.net could at least help the OP show what his speed potential is.

    Just a suggestion…





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