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Is it possible to have Shotwell automatically sync with my iPhone so I have my picture library on both?

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As far as I'm aware, no free/open source software (including Shotwell) is capable of this. It's one of the sad facts of life that comes with using a proprietary device.

As a Shotwell developer and iPhone user, believe me, I'd love to see this. But it's unlikely to happen (barring some decision to open up on Apple's part.)

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What is the exact technical reason for failing importing photos from iPhone? – valentt May 12 '15 at 8:17

Shotwell should open automatically when the iPhone is plugged in if you have set it to manage your photos by default, however it only allows you to import photos manually and has no syncing feature AFAIK.

You can read details on how to import photos on their site here

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This looks like Shotwell bug not iPhone/Apple restriction because I can use any file browser, open DCIM folder that I see mounted from iPhone and add, copy or delete images from it.

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