I am new to Mac, so this might be a silly question.

On my Mac Air, I have the iCloud Photo sync turned on. I can see the photos coming from my iPhone.

However, each time I place a picture inside the "Pictures" folder under the user home, it is not syncing. Am I placing it in the wrong place? How to ensure that the pictures I have on my Mac gets synced to iCloud photos?

In Windows, with OneDrive, I can just place the pictures inside the Pictures folder and I am all set.

Here is the location where I try to save my pictures:

Is this the correct place to save my pictures for syncing?


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Getting photos into the Photos app is not done by copying the file.

You need to do this from inside the Photos app.

Choose File->Import from the menu and then select your files to be imported.

  • Thanks a lot for your reply. So, if I want to ensure that the pictures inside the "Pictures" folder are synced, I have to import them to the Photo app?
    – Yousi
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 10:13
  • Yes that is correct. That is also needed to make them visible in the Photos app on the Mac
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 10:15
  • Thanks again. Is there any way to make this process automated? I was thinking to copy all my OneDrive photos inside my "Pictures" folder and have iCloud sync them for me automatically
    – Yousi
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 10:19
  • Where do your new photos originate.
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 10:30
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    In that case just import the lot
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 10:42

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