I have a massive Photos library and use iCloud Photo Library stored on an external HD to maintain a local backup of all pictures. However, my wife and I use a large number of shared albums to share our pictures with each other, and these keep eating up space on my MacBook Pro in com.apple.cloudphotosd. My MacBook Pro keeps filling up, rendering Photos completely unusable.
You’re not alone in experiencing this! And it’s definitely a loose thread in how Apple manages photo storage. The ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.cloudphotosd folder is a cache, not part of your Photos library. It’s used both for temporary storage, as images are synced and transferred to your library, and as local storage for shared iCloud images.
Chris Jennings has a Contacts problem that makes no sense to him:
I wanted to send my friend Steve an email with Siri. At first, Siri kept sending it to a non- existent facebook.com email address. Not sure how this is happening, though I have pushed the button before to update contacts from Facebook; I’ve never seen these entries in anyone’s contact card.
My best guess is that Chris is suffering from outdated information for contacts imported from Facebook. From 2012 to 2014, Facebook offered its users an incoming email address that dropped missives into Facebook Messages. It thought the better of that in 2014, and stopped creating new addresses, while forwarding existing facebook.com incoming emails to the primary email address someone had registered with Facebook. (I should note that people didn’t ask for a Facebook email address, nor did they ask Facebook to forward to their registered address; both options could be disabled.)
Reader Philipp Englin has an Apple Time Capsule, and he’d like to be able to access its internal hard drive when he’s away from his network. He know there’s an option to share the internal disk—and with a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme, any external disks—but the checkbox doesn’t appear for him.
I realized that if I set my router mode under Network to DHCP and NAT from the current Off (Bridge Mode), then the Share Disks over WAN option will appear. Major problem: the Internet no longer works when I do that.
Philipp has a FiOS connection that requires that he use its supplied modem to feed his internet service. And what he wants to do is perfectly reasonable, but it’s hard to accomplish without making some sort of change.
An iOS hidden feature surprised P.M. Wright. She had deleted an email in iOS and a pop-up appeared that asked if she wanted to “Undo Trash.” She’d never seen it before, and wondered what precise action it would accomplish—undo the deletion of all her deleted email? And where does deleted email wind up and for how long?
A series of excellent questions that all involve implicit behavior that average users aren’t required to learn about and Apple doesn’t fully expose, because it’s not typically necessary to understand.
Wesley Parker Sprayue made a very bad decision. Very bad.
As a joke, I made my macOS desktop background the Windows XP background; little did I know that changed my sign-in screen as well. So I reverted it back to something better but my sign-in screen still shows this screen. It’s very ugly. And I can’t figure out a way to revert back to the default background or change it to any other picture.
Erin Giunta is ready to give iCloud Photo Library the heave-ho, but wants to be sure their photos aren’t lost.
I’m confused about what would happen if I turn off iCloud Photo Library on my phone, and not use it on the Cloud. Will my Photos app on the computer still retain all 12,000 of my photos? Do these photos live locally on my hard drive?
It depends! And macOS should prompt you in case you make a decision that would result in you losing images somehow.
While I’m not sure of the installed base of Snapz Pro, to judge by the email I’ve received and Twitter comments about it since macOS Sierra shipped, a reasonable number of people installed it at some point in the past, as previous releases don’t interact well with Sierra. Coupled with this, the removal instructions on Ambrosia Software’s Web site, a firm that isn’t releasing new software, but continues to put out compatibility upgrades of Snapz Pro, refers to a 2012 uninstaller app that no longer helps.
The Snapz Pro app lets you grab a picture of your screen, which is useful when writing articles and books explaining technology, creating a presentation or tutorial in a company or school to show the steps to carry out, or trying to help a friend or relative understand which button to click. The app is much loved because it appeared way back when it was hard to grab rectangles and elements from your screen, like just a menu or a window or a selection.