As I’ve written previously, iCloud can be a little confusing. It’s not meant to be—at least, I don’t think Apple intended it to be—but a number of people seem to get caught up by iCloud’s synchronization setup. While it’s wonderfully convenient to have the same photos appear across all of your iCloud-using Apple devices, removing photos on one device removes them everywhere else. Got it? Good. On to this week’s iCloud-themed Tech 911 question, emailed in by Lifehacker reader Bryan: “I was wondering if you could help me with my iPhone… I got a new iPhone after my last one was stolen and upon signing into my iCloud, my photos were all restored with white clouds at the bottom. Eventually, they all disappeared and I am only left with certain photos and some new photos. Let me know if you can help please.” Not to rehash the intro, but when you surrender your photographic life to iCloud, you’re basically telling Apple that you want it to store all of your photos. Anything you then do on your devices—taking new photos, editing photos, or deleting photos—synchronizes back up to the cloud and, as a result, should appear the same on all of your iCloud-connected devices. In other words, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t see all of your iCloud photos on your brand-new iPhone. They (obviously) wouldn’t be there if you never uploaded them to iCloud in the first place, but you did; they appeared, at first, with the little cloud… [Read full story]
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