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I have iCloud Photo Library enabled on Mac as well as iPhone so all my photos remain synced. Yesterday I imported a bunch of photos (~200) from iPhone to Mac with Photos app import feature. Then I allowed the new photos to be uploaded to iCloud from Mac. My phone didn't have wifi access at this time so phone didn't upload those, as expected. Now when I connect the phone to wifi all the photos seem to be being uploaded from phone as well ( as seen in Settings > Photos & Camera on iPhone. It says Uploading 268 items there), when they've already been uploaded to cloud from Mac.

Is there any way to allow upload only from one of the devices? I was hoping iCloud sync will be able to figure this out and only upload the photos that require uploading.

What's the best I can do to avoid redundant uploads?

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    Why the downvote? – Atul Goyal Mar 16 '17 at 3:28
  • Can you clarify Now when I connect the phone to wifi all the photos seem to be being uploaded from phone as well? How do they seem to be uploaded? You haven't explained what's actually happening to make you think this is what's going on? – Monomeeth Mar 16 '17 at 3:49
  • ( as seen in Settings > Photos & Camera on iPhone). It says Uploading 268 items there. – Atul Goyal Mar 16 '17 at 3:54
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    Thanks for editing the question to clarify. Do you know if it's actually uploading the 268 items? What I'm getting at is that both the iPhone and iCloud won't know not to upload these photos until they have communicated with each other. What we need to establish is whether after a few minutes or so the Uploading 268 items message is gone because iCloud has established "I've already got these - no need to upload them". In other words, you may not actually have any duplicates in your iCloud Photo Library. Have you checked on iCloud to see if you do? – Monomeeth Mar 16 '17 at 4:33

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