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Photographs and photography in general. For the application, use "photos.app".

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My iPhone thinks there are 3.5 GB of photos but I literally have no photos there (just deleted everything!)

I’m not sure why this is happening. I tried deleting my photos and emptying the deleted photos file. I also deleted all shared albums etc. there’s literally nothing on my photo album. This issue ...
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Too many photos

I have a fairly common issue. I love how the photos are managed in Photos, but I have too many of them, collected during the years (and the situation will only get worse). I have a 256GB Macbook air ...
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To speed up iCloud Photos upload, will it work if I import them to macOS Photos first?

I have a 100+ GB of photos on my iPhone and would like to enable iCloud Photo Library to better manage them from my Mac. But I am worried about draining the battery while such a huge library uploads, ...
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Rebuilding Shared Albums after restore from Time Machine

I recently had cause to wipe and reinstall my Mac from a Time Machine backup. My Photos library appears to be complete except all the Shared Albums, including the ones I shared, are missing. I wouldn'...
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Where does the iOS Photos app store user-entered captions?

I understand that the ability to add captions to photos was added in iOS 14. Where are these captions stored? For example, are they embedded into the .HEIC file as EXIF or XMP or IPTC metadata? Or a ...
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Unsupported Photos Library, Update Photos

I tried to open Photos and got this message: The library "Photos Library" is from a newer version of Photos. Please upgrade Photos to open this library. When I do this, there are no photos. ...
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Photos app on macOS doesn't sync with iCloud when Photos app on iPhone uploaded correctly

I don't see photos on my macOS (macOS Big Sur) Photos app but on my iPhone (iOS 14.4) there is info that all photos were "Updated Just Now". The count of photos in the iOS app is higher than ...
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Where is photos.sqlite-shm

I am trying to sync my Mac (macOS 11.2.3) "Pictures" folder with my NAS using Synology Drive. I receive an error message stating that photos.sqlite-shm cannot be synced due to missing access ...
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Backing up huge iCloud photo library to external HDD

I have a large iCloud photo library of about 30,000 irreplaceable images and videos. It is entirely hosted on icloud - I am using the 'optimise iphone storage' setting and have no high res images ...
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Whats the difference between backing up my photos on iPhone and storing them in iCloud?

If I go to settings -> iCloud -> manage storage There are 2 categories: Backups (118 GB) Photos (18.3 GB) In my backups, there's photo library (109.25 GB) I'm confused, what's the difference ...
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Will turning off and delete photos via icloud preferences on macbook delete my iphones photos?

I was writing a note in my notes app when a popup came up saying my cloud was full, it prompted me to go to references, so I did. Now in iCloud preferences I see the following: For a while now I have ...
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How can I move my photos from my iPad storage to my Windows 7 computer without a USB cable, AirDrop and iCloud?

I tried to select all the pictures, which is rather tedious, and upload them to Google Drive, but if >100 pictures, Google Drive won't upload all the images. to SendAnywhere, but this would take ...
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How can I troubleshoot or fix when macOS Photos app import from a connected iPhone gets stuck on “Preparing to import from…”?

How can I troubleshoot or fix when macOS Photos app import from a connected iPhone gets stuck on "Preparing to import from..."? Devices: iMac Retina 5K 27-inch 2017, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 ...
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photos library shows blanks after updating the library

What happened opened my fairly big (1TB) photos library (stored on an external drive, backup/copy on a different external drive) Photos started to update the library (no problems, took about half an ...
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Quick and easy way to batch convert multiple HEIC to png or jpg on macOS?

Is there a quick and easy way to convert many HEIC files to png on macOS? Example Suppose we take some live photos on iPhone, airdrop them to MacBook, and we want to upload them to a site that only ...
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Photo protection not working on macOS?

If you look under the system settings under security and privacy, you quickly notice that the Mac requires access rights so that you can access the photos. For example, IMovie wanted access to the ...
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Is it possible to keep Whatsapp from saving *outgoing* sent videos to Camera Roll?

When I record and send an outgoing video through Whatsapp it automatically saves a copy (duplicate) to my Camera Roll. This is a pain because I do not want them saved. Is there a way to turn off ...
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Error attempting to drop a photo from Image Capture into Photos

macOS 11.2.3 (20D91) Photos Version 6.0 (330.0.150) Image Capture Version 8.0 (1106) When I attempt to drag and drop a photo from Image Capture into Photos I receive the The application “Photos.app” ...
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How to change the playback speed (video speed) in Photos app on macOS?

Is there a way to change the video playback rate for videos viewed in Photos app on macOS?
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Are photos in 'Photo' on MacBook the same resolution as original photos on iCloud?

I store all my photos on iCloud. I want to make a backup of all my photos (60 000-odd) on a removable storage unit. This is easy if I select all photos in 'Photo' on my MacBook and drag these to my ...
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How to manage Photos outside of ICloud

The scenario is as follows: Using and paying for plenty of ICloud storage. Also paying for Office 365, therefore 1TB of storage with Onedrive. Takes Photos on iPhone and iPad. Receives Photos via ...
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Batch Sync iPhone photos to iMac Photos app via Bluetooth

The goal is to eliminate the USB cable that syncs iPhone photos to Catalina (Photos app). Is there a good example of how to replace the cable by configuring Bluetooth on the PC and phone? I would ...
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Find all my backed up photos on Time Machine drives

I have several time machine backups. I want to get all the photos out of them and upload them to Google Photos. I believe the "Backup and Sync from Google" application will do this for me, ...
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How to delete burst photos stuck in Recently Deleted folder?

I have a known bug (outlined here, here, here, here, and here) where burst photos won't delete. I suspect instructions here would help, except my problem is more complicated since the bursts are not ...
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Ensure emptying 'Recently Deleted' succeeds?

I have deleted ~25,000 photos and videos from iPhone. They're now in 'Recently Deleted', and I want them permanently gone so I can transfer the remaining contents of the iPhone to a new iPhone. When I ...
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Fast way to select and delete all photos on an iPhone?

One way to delete all photos from an iPhone is to go to the bottom photos in an album, tap 'Select' in the top right of screen, press the bottom right photo and without lifting your finger, move your ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for Mac OS Photos app

I need assistance. How can I create a keyboard shortcut for the Mac OS Photos app's "Export Unmodified Original For X-# of Photos"? I read online that the System Preference's Keyboard ...
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How to export all images and videos from Photo Booth to finder?

Images and videos can be exported from Photo Booth one by one by either Right-clicking in the file in Photo Booth -> Export, or Drop and dragging the image/video from Photo Booth into a finder ...
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After iPhone photo import to Photos app on macOS, how can I tell if all photos successfully imported?

Photos app for macOS seems to have known bugs. Examples: here, here, here, here. Some bugs like photos going into 'not responding' mode; photos app continually finding 'new items'; and photos not ...
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How to find a photo saved from iMessage

A friend send me a photo through iMessage and I saved it. However, the photo was from the past, so when I look at my photo album (of which there are thousands of photos that are sorted by time) I ...
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How to download entire iCloud photo library to external drive attached to my MacBook

I have a large iCloud photo library (60K + images). I want to keep my iCloud library as it is and make a copy of it onto an external drive (attached to my MacBook, running Big Sur). What is the ...
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How can I only import the edited ('IMG_E') photos to Windows?

I've imported thousands of photos to Windows and I've ended up with thousands of duplicates. :/ It's importing the originals (IMG_001.jpg) and the file containing the edits (IMG_001.aee) but it's also ...
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Can i store and access iphotos library on external hard drive (and still have it backup to my cloud network)?

I have two questions regarding Apple photos library. Can I store my large Photos library on an external HDD? Is it possible to set this HDD to backup via my computer to the same local network ...
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How do iOS devices perform on-device machine learning on photos while most of the photos are uploaded to iCloud?

When iCloud photo is enabled, all photos are uploaded to iCloud and only a low-resolution copy is saved on the phone for browsing, the high res photo is download on-demand if the user clicks it. ...
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How to remove synced photos from other devices?

I have an iPad and an iPhone. When I had both of them sync to iCloud to save storage space, the photos and albums from my iPad went onto my iPhone and vice versa. This messed up both the organization ...
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Force Photos.app to accept GPS coordinates & not “correct” them

I often need to tweak the GPS coordinates of images I take with my iPhone. Since I work on a MBP laptop, I do it there. A workflow: use a map app to find the precise location of the photo. Enter those ...
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Running out of ideas - how to delete all photos on my iPhone appearing to be a leftover from the icloud migration in Photos?

I currently have an iPhone 8 with 256 GB storage which I migrated my previous iPhone SE 1st edition with 64 GB storage to when I got it from an iTunes backup and reused the SE for other purposes. I ...
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Filtering duplicates from iCloud Photos Library while migrating from google photos

I recently painstakingly migrated my photo library of 15+ years (over 100gb) from google photos to iCloud. I suspect many more will be doing this in the future as google recently announced they will ...
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Transfer photos from iPhone to PC

I'm trying to upload all my pictures (around 4,000) to my Windows computer from my iPhone. I have tried using the Explorer method, but it only copies around 10 items. I also tried importing using ...
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Photos missing in iCloud, only thumbnails available locally - can I extract the thumbnails?

I have around 1700 photos that I've discovered are missing from my iCloud storage. (These are family/baby photos that we desperately don't want to lose.) When I try to download the photos from iCloud ...
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How do I fix “This iPhone was not able to download 8 full-resolution photos and videos.” when trying to disable iCloud on my phone

I ran out of iCloud storage a very long time ago but didn't think anything of it since I was using Google Photos. The problem is that for some reason the ‘optimise iPhone storage’ option was checked ...
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Modifying Apple Photos script for duplicating folder hierarchy (including subfolders)

I've found this piece of script online to automatically duplicate a smart album in a folder (with a name containing <!>) to a normal album in a folder 'SmartAlbums' (so it can sync to iPhone &...
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Is it possible to create a formatted list or manifest of all photos in my Photos library?

I would like to compare two different instances of the Photos libraries, then export only the files that are different and merge into a single library. I know it is possible to export all from one ...
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How do I downgrade my Photos library?

I just downgraded my MacBook Pro from macOS 11 Big Sur to macOS 10.15 Catalina. While on macOS 11 I opened the Photos app which altered my photo library. Now on 10.15, the Photos app cannot open my ...
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Is it possible to sync photos from Apple Photos app with an external hard drive (not simple export)

I use a 2020 iMac 27" with MacOS Big Sur 11.2. Under the iCloud setting, "Photos" is activated and all my photos are synced between this iMac and all my other Apple devices over my ...
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Why aren't my pictures really deleted from my iPhone?

When I don't like a photo I took with my iPhone 11, I delete it (with the 'Photos' app), and empty the trash ('Recently Deleted' album). Once in awhile I mount the phone under Linux and backup my ...
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Photos not backed up to iCloud even though I have space

My iPhone 11 says that 577 of my photos have not been uploaded to iCloud because there is not enough space. However when I go to Settings > iCloud it says that I have only used 35.6 of 50 GB of the ...
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Photos will not sort by date when texted from iPhone 12

I recently took 6 photos of a process with my iPhone 12. Each photo represented a single step in a multi-step process. When I attempt to send them via text messaging, they are out of sequence. I ...
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How to get photos and vídeos to a MacBook from an iPhone that is stuck in the loading screen?

TLDR I would like to obtain my photos and videos from my iPhone before I opt to restore it. iPhone is stuck // frozen on apple logo loading screen Preferentially, via CLI Context My iPhone was almost ...
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What's the easiest way to transfer photos from Google Photos to iCloud Photos?

I have more than 5 000 photos stored on Google Photos and I'd like to know what's the easiest way to move them on iCloud photos. Since the free storage ends on June I want to move everything on iCloud....

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