Like, is it the files you see when you open the Photos.app, or does it include all images (e.g., jpgs)?

Asking because my Photos shows 7GB and my photos.app is literally empty

  • See recently deleted too
    – anki
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 1:25
  • @ankii sorry, what do you mean?
    – james
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 2:35
  • Recently deleted album in photos
    – anki
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 4:06

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On my machine it only counts the photos in any photos library on the drive or one opened from an external drive (which looks weird, when it shows 800GB of photos/videos on the system drive with 250GB capacity, while it's actually on the external one).

This being said you should be able to find the pictures somewhere:

  • You either have some pictures left in the recently deleted album (as @Ankii pointed out)
  • They could also be in a different library, which isn't opened automatically. To open a different library either look for it in Finder or launch the photos app and immediately hold down the option key.
  • If you shared images in a shared album from the mac, they are saved on your mac. (I think the location is: Library/Application Support/Apple/Photos, not 100% sure though and can't verify right now)

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