I recently in my photos app and the upload is going extremely slowly, as in less than 100 photos per day.
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) running Big Sur, 11.7.2 - I just checked for updates, and looks like I’m a bit behind, with 11.7.6 available. Will update and report back if things improve.
In the meantime, photos tells me I have 36,296 photos, and on April 20, it reported uploading 33,822. This makes sense, since my iPhone is already in iCloud, and I sync my iPhone to the computer.
Today is a couple weeks, and photos is now reporting 32,499 uploaded. So a whopping 1,323 uploaded!
I have a few thousand fewer photos than you in my library. I recall when I first turned on iCloud Photo Library it took days to sort out, not weeks. I was probably on Big Sur at the time but am not completely sure. I can’t recall how many days it took, but it was quite a while. But it averaged several thousand a day, not a hundred.
You might want to prevent system sleep–I recall that seemed to help. Also experiment with whether Photos is open or not overnight and whether it’s in the foreground. If I remember it right it’s non-intuitive–it might be faster letting the agent run while Photos is closed.
@glennf is fighting with something similar but had to leave on vacation in the middle of in-depth troubleshooting with Apple. One thing he had decent luck with briefly was setting his Mac so that it had only one network interface active, Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Normally there’s no problem using both, but dropping to one helped for a while.
Years ago, I had a Dell laptop with a wonderful feature that would disable the Wi-Fi interface whenever it detected connectivity on its built-in Ethernet port. So I could leave Wi-Fi on and active, but it would only be used when I’m away from my office. Sadly, I haven’t seen this feature on any other computer.
On my Mac mini, I leave the Wi-Fi active, but disconnected from all networks (disabling the “Automatically join this network” feature). This is in order to let AirDrop work. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth both need to be on in order to use the feature, but Wi-Fi doesn’t have to be connected to any access point.
(And my personal rant - why can’t AirDrop use Ethernet? If my phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network that’s bridged to my wired network, why isn’t that good enough?)
Yes it does. And it’s important if the devices are not connected to Wi-Fi or if they’re connected to different networks.
But if they’re connected to the same network (even if one or both are wired), then it should be able to support that. Security shouldn’t be a concern, because the devices can generate encryption keys (exchanged over Bluetooth) for use with the IP connection used for the data transfer.
8700 left now.
So the only thing I did that might have given it a kick in the pants is that I decided to attack a couple thousand duplicates that came from my iPhone over the last 6 months. I had WhatsApp configured to automatically save photos and it seemed to create lots of duplicates, that then got on my MacBook when I synced photos. So I used Duplicate Annihilator for Photos a couple days ago to clean things up.
The Annihilator created an album containing all my dupes, I then labeled them and deleted from my library.