Why would Photos only download at night?
I love iCloud Photo Library. I love it so much, I have nearly 80,000 photos in my library, so it's around 700GB now. Also, iCloud Photo Library will be the death of me. Getting a new computer, or after a nuke and pave (intentional or otherwise) is always an exercise in frustration getting the full-sized images back on my Mac.
In this year's version of "torture Allison", I've finally gotten the full-sized images to start coming down to my Mac, but oddly they only come down in volume overnight. For example, the night of 12/10, 91GB downloaded. In the next 4 hours, I only gained 25GB. For the rest of the day, I only gained another 2GB. But that night, I gained another 110GB. The next day, I gained 30MB! Last night I gained 50GB, and today I've gained 20MB.
I thought maybe it was network traffic during the day, but Steve and I are both out for many hours a day where no one is playing on the network.
On this particular attempt to download originals, I've been tracking it for around 5 days and I'm not half done yet. Maybe I should change the system clock so it thinks it's night time?