I have an iMac with OS X El Capitan and I use the iMac to sync the photos on my iPhone. I live with my girlfriend and she also has an iPhone.

This week my girlfriend synchronized her pictures on the iMac and now I have strong problems detecting which device is the owner of each picture.

Both of us are using the same device model (iPhone 5C), I synchronize my iPhone almost every day and she does every 2 weeks.

  • Is there any way to order the synchronized photos by device?

You can group the photos by the camera that took them, using Smart Albums.

First click on one of your girlfriend's photos and Show Info under the Window menu. You will see something like this. It's the camera model that is important (I have boxed it in red).

Info pane in Photos

My hope is that your iPhone is not the same model as your girlfriend's. If it isn't we are in business. Assuming that they are different here is what you need to do.

Go to File/New Smart Album...

Call it "My Girlfriend's Photos" or whatever (I called mine "iPhone 6s pictures"). Set the Camera Model to include what you saw in the Info pane. In my case, it's iPhone 6s. See below.

iPhone 6s smart album criterion

If you show the Sidebar (View menu) you will then see your Smart Album somewhere in it. Here's how it looked here.

iPhone 6s Smart Album in the Sidebar

If you are showing the Sidebar, and you click on "All Photos" under the heading "Albums" (not "Photos" at the very top), you will notice that View/Sort will say something like "Keep sorted by oldest date added." This may give you a second chance at figuring out which photos are your girlfriend's, because the sorting is by date ADDED and not date "taken." So the pictures that were newly added would be at the bottom, and those are probably your girlfriend's. You could select them and put them into a regular album and you'd be all set.

Personally I am hoping that you two have different iPhone models because the Smart Folder method would be very cool.

  • This seems to be a good aproach but the problem is that both of us are using the same device (I have updated my question with this info)
    – AlvaroAV
    Apr 13 '16 at 7:00
  • Thanks for the clarifications about your question. You should be able to find at least ONE photo that is clearly your girlfriend's and if you're in the "All Photos" album you can see the photos that were imported the same day. It's manual labor but it's a start. Apr 13 '16 at 7:04
  • That method, as you say, sort the photos by importation date, but I still has to identify if that photos belongs to me or her
    – AlvaroAV
    Apr 13 '16 at 7:05

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