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I occasionally have trouble synchronizing my ±20k photo album to my iPhone, where (new) photo albums aren't added, or only show up as empty albums. Does anyone else have this problem and more importantly, have a structural solution to this?

I experience the following symptoms:

  • iTunes does not sync (new) photos properly
  • iPod Photo Cache directory only contains ±1MB "Photo Database" file, as opposed to GBs of thumbnails as expected when syncing does work
  • "Error: the iPhone could not be synced because the sync session failed to finish"
  • Empty photo albums (i.e. 0 photos in albums) on iPhone while storage indicates presence of photo albums
  • No albums in iPhone Photos app, while storage (in iTunes and iPhone) indicates significant storage used by photos

What I've tried with only partial success, and without understanding why this helps:

  • Create new empty photo directory and move photo directories here
  • Use "Transfer Purchases from iPhone" source1 source2
  • Delete iPhone backup
  • Delete iPod Photo Cache

Hope somebody can shed some light on this!

  • I had dreadful problems trying to synchronise an iPad with the Windows version of iTunes, so much so that I removed iTunes altogether. I now mount the iPad as an external drive in Linux and update the files direct using cp -ua .... – AFH Mar 11 '18 at 13:53
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this isn’t an actual question it’s an answer to some unasked question. – Ramhound Mar 11 '18 at 16:30

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