iPhone does not appear in iPhoto

So, ordinarily, iPhone is supposed to appear in your iPhoto list, as pictured. But what if that doesn’t happen, and you’ve tried everything: erasing iPhoto settings, playing with iTunes preferences… everything, in fact, except erasing your iPhone’s valuable data? How to sync photos into iPhoto again; that is, how to get your iPhone to introduce itself as a camera once again?

As strange as it may sound, this is caused by you downloading picture attachments or choosing Save image in mobile Safari. So just go and mail yourself every photo from Camera Roll that was not created with iPhone’s own Camera, and then delete them.

That’s right, just go right ahead and delete all the photos you downloaded from your iPhone’s Camera Roll. This’ll restore your access. This has worked on my iPhone 2G with OS 3.1.2.

Well, if it doesn’t help you, you could also try something else from this thread on MacRumors forums.

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2 thoughts on “iPhone does not appear in iPhoto

    1. Ivan Vučica Post author

      Chris,

      You should only mail yourself the images that you did not take with the built-in camera — that is, those that you saved from Safari, from emails, or from other sources that did not involve the use of phone’s camera!

      In fact, you don’t have to mail them. Just delete the images you don’t need. Leave just those you want to take from the phone.

      Once again: bad, evil photos are the ones you did NOT take with phone’s camera.

      Did you try using Mac’s built-in Image Capture app? Did you try using a phone exploring app, such as iExplorer? Did you consider jailbreaking the phone and transferring images over SSH? All these suggestions are more expert-ish than simply deleting photos you didn’t take with the camera.

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