Using the OS X Photos app to archive photos and videos from iOS devices

As soon as Apple released the new “Photos” app as part of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, I wanted to see whether the app could be used along with iCloud Photo Library to archive photos and videos taken on iOS devices on to the Mac wirelessly, without any data loss or format conversion.

Since the introduction of iCloud I do most phone-related tasks wirelessly, rather than via iTunes. I install software updates wirelessly. I backup my iOS devices to iCloud, not my Mac. I sync my calendar, contacts, bookmarks and other data via iCloud or Dropbox.

The only time I still physically connect my phone to my computer is when I need to copy photos and videos from the phone, to archive or edit them in another application, which is a bit of a pain.

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