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Can I tell Apple Photos to merge two duplicate photos that it hasn't identified as duplicates?

My family uses Apple Photos on our Macs (Sonoma) and iPhones (iOS 17) with a shared library. We have a lot of duplicate photos from before. I used the built in "Duplicates" album and its &...
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"Unknown Error" when importing photos on macOS Sonoma

I copied several thousand photos off of a network drive onto my local drive and I'm trying to import them into Photos. Several hundred of them had an "Unknown Error" importing, so I opened ...
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Efficient Method to Download and Save Older iMessage Photos/Videos to Photos App

I am looking for help figuring out a way to get all the photos and videos shared with me in a few conversations to appear in my Photos app on my Mac. I believe I have everything turned on to be ...
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Does the iPhone 13 "oversharpen" photos (still)?

I'm trying to decide between purchasing an iPhone 13 and an iPhone 14 (for about 100€ more). I know they're relatively similar, although the 14 has 1.5 times the amount of RAM. One thing that is ...
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Unable to upload photos to iCloud

I have about 12000 phots in my Photos (7.0) "unable to upload" folder. I can view these photos on my MacBook in seemingly sharp, full resolution. BUT I cannot: edit "Photos cannot ...
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Delete photo from photos app in mac does not remove that photo from the storage

I don't see the point of the Photos app on Mac. I tried to use it to look at all my photos and delete unwanted ones, but it looks like I am only deleting them from the Photos gallery. And yes, I also ...
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How can I export all the photos and videos from the iPhone to my flash drive?

I have a flash drive connected to my iphone via cable. How can I export all the photos and videos from the iPhone to my flash drive? I found support.apple.com: Export photos and videos to an external ...
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Moving media from downloaded Apple Photos library into Synology Photos with a minimal metadata loss

Problem: I have an almost 2TB Apple Photos library already downloaded onto an external drive. I wanted to migrate this library into Synology Photos without re-downloading it from the internet. ...
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How can I backup locally my and my family members iCloud photos?

I and other members of my family have iPhones. All of us use iCloud for backups and have "Optimize iPhone Storage" and "Advanced Data Protection" enabled. Now, I would like to back ...
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How can I recover photos that won't export from a macOS photos library, can't be edited, and have no originals?

Hopefully this will serve as a more focused and generalisable version of this question and this question. This isn't my system photos library so the photos aren't in iCloud. About half the 12,620 ...
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Is there a way to crop an image to specific shape?

I have a photo that I want to put inside a language assignment and part of the foreground (chicken wire) is used as a frame, and I want to crop the photo to just outside the frame. Is this possible in ...
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Mac Photos Restoring from iCloud

I have 30,000 photos and 3,000 videos in Photos. I've only decided to store these on iCloud now and have paid for 2TB space but Photos on the Mac seems to be stuck on Restoring from iCloud I have ...
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Fix 'broken' live photos that don't play when clicked on?

The problem is very simple; I have a photos library with many live photos. But the live photos simply won't play. It's probably the same issue as described here. Three things I've tried I tried these ...
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Photos on Mac uploaded to iCloud with wrong date/time

I have an old (2013 Macbook Air) Mac and a new-ish iPhone (13). I am attempting to upload photos from my Mac to iCloud so I can have a cloud-based backup and so I can download them onto my iPhone so ...
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Apple Application for transferring "filtered photos" (eg portrait) that avoid aae files

I know that with AirDrop when I share/transfer photos from my phone that have portrait or some other filter/effect applied to the image that it is the rendered/filtered image which gets copied over to ...
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How to transfer a lot of photos to another iphone including edit history?

Is there a way to transfer a lot of photos (from the Photo Library AKA Photos app) from one iPhone to another including edits? AirDrop does transfer the edit history, but transferring a lot (about ...
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iTunes iPhone Synchronization Log on Windows?

Does iTunes for Windows store any kind of log of files and items synchronized in its last sesssion? Every day that I sync my iPhone to iTunes for Windows it shows that it is copying over 15 photos. ...
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Photos notification: "A participant removed photos you added to the shared library" - which ones?

I have a shared Photos library with several participants. Once in a while I get a notification like this: "A participant removed 8 photos you added to the shared library". When I click the ...
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Adding unmodified originals to new Photos library causes inexplicable error

Steps to reproduce: Open existing Photos library Export unmodified originals Close and reopen Photos, holding the option key Create a new library Select all the unmodified originals and drag them ...
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How to retrieve sync'd photos and videos from an iPhone?

I have an iPhone 6s running iOS 15.7.1. On that device I have some photos taken with that device, which I can easily back up / transfer to other devices and so on -- just adding this note, so it is ...
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On iPhone, how can I reduce a photo to 2 MiB for Stack Exchange upload?

I'm writing a post on a Stack Exchange site from Safari on my iPhone 14 under iOS 17.4. I'd like to include a photo in my post. I tap the Image button in the SE editor and then tap Browse, then Take ...
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Remove shadow frame that is on every image opened in Preview

Anytime an image is opened in Preview on my iMac desktop computer running 14.3.1, they always have a faint shadow around both sides and the bottom, At the top is always at the minimum a thin white ...
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Photos on Mac is sending to iCloud but still showing 3gb of photos on my local

I still see that Photos is taking up space on my local, but all new photos are being offloaded to iCloud. How do I find the photos that are NOT in iCloud and are staying on my local system? You can ...
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What portions of Photos Library.photoslibrary should be backed up?

What are the essential folders in Photos Library.photoslibrary to back up? 90% of the data is original photos, but the other 10% changes a lot. For an almost 2Tb Photos libray this amounts to a lot of ...
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Go to actual photo shown on iOS wallpaper when using random shuffling

I’m using the random shuffle function on iOS to choose a random (in my case „nature“) photo from my library as a background. Is there a way to either go to the corresponding photo currently shown as ...
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How can I get the iCloud for Windows app to show my photos as JPG instead of HEIC?

I have well over 10,000 photos in iCloud, and I want to download them as JPG files instead of HEIC. When I login to iCloud in a web browser, it gives me options to download my photos as HEIC or JPG: ...
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Photo memories created in a different language

I'm using Apple Cloud photo library. From time to time new photo memory is created and shared with me on my iPhone photo widget (see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207023 to see exact feature I'm ...
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How to export edited pictures from 'Photos" app with Applescript while preserving the image metadata?

I have written long ago an Applescript script that exports pictures selected in Apple Photos app with various basic options, such as adding borders, adjusting size, tuning for Web publishing, etc, and ...
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How does one use Apple Photos to index photos on an external drive (if possible)? [duplicate]

I have never used Photos before except some bad experiences with it 10 years ago. I would like to use Photos to index over 2Tb of photos on an external hard drive (WD MyPassport). I have a 200Gb ...
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Can the Apple Photos app index large photo libraries on an external drive?

I have never used Photos before except some bad experiences with it 10 years ago. I would like to use Photos to index over 2Tb of photos (2.26Tb with 415'805 photos to be precise) on an external hard ...
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Select/Delete iCloud Photos by phone uploaded from

Borrowed a phone from family member for a week, just switched the signed in account instead of resetting the phone. But now all the photos on the old phone are mixed into my regular iCloud photos. How ...
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How to permanently disable the live photo setting on an iPhone 13 Pro?

How to permanently disable the live photo setting? The "live photo" option is turned on in the preserve settings menu, but live photo turns itself on every time I turn it off in the camera ...
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How can I find pictures of paper documents in photos?

I have about 10,000 pictures in Photos, a few of which are of paper documents (not proper scans). Is there an efficient way to find them that does not involve manually looking at all my pictures? ...
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How much space is needed on iPhone to sync with iCloud?

I specifically added space to iCloud to free up space on my iPhone. But there is such a synchronization error in the photo app. Syncing with iCloud Paused. Not Enough iPhone Storage Storage ...
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How to show correct Content creation date for photos/files in Finder

How do I see the correct Content creation date in Finder? I know from looking at the metadata on my phone (which the photos are synced with) that they should contain the correct date. About 2100 files ...
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Trying to Export Memory Video

I have tried several times to "Export Memory Video" from MacOS Photos Version 7.0 (460.0.120) but nothing seems to happen. I can successfully export images, but I can't find any video in the ...
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Synchronizing my iPad photos to my iMac (2017) with an external SSD

My internal SSD drive was getting full so I purchased a plug-in, external SSD. Will I be able to sync my photos to my iPad’s now that I’ve done this?
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How to fix image import from iOS 17.x and iPhone 15 Pro Max to High Sierra's "Photos" application

This should be simple... I HAD seen this answered on a different forum, but now the thread can't be found. I posted new, asking for the answer or a link to the previous thread, and I got deleted ...
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Is Live Text OCR data stored somewhere?

I’m finding the Live Text feature on iOS to be incredibly useful. For example, it allows me to copy example sentences from the Duolingo language-learning app if I save the sentence as screenshot. I’d ...
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How to access Photos library from Monterey on OS X 10.6.8?

I have a bunch of videos saved in Photos which was running on a OS Monterey 12.6.6. I have an older MacBook that is running 10.6.8. It has iPhoto but that does not recognize the Photos library. What ...
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How can I transfer media in a loselessstate? Photos app VS Image Capture VS Air Drop [duplicate]

Trying to back up over 11k of photos and videos. (Back them up as in have a copy of every photo and video stored on backup media (NAS + external drive + my own cloud) as individual photo and video ...
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Apple Photos isn't allowing merging two of the same pets

Apple Photos is automatically finding the faces of my pets and tagging them as the same pet. However, on 4 of my pets I've found that it creates duplicate "Pets" for them and it's not ...
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How to free up Photos space on my Mac?

I just found out that almost the entire space on my Mac has been taken by photoslibrary.photoslibrary, I have 250Gb entire space where 210Gb is taken by photos .photoslibrary. NOTE: I don't need to ...
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What did I accidentally enable with a gesture in Photos?

I was scrolling around in Photos on my iPad trying to find an image. I had one of the images open and was navigating the bottom row thumbnails. There was very briefly a message saying something about “...
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In Photos app, how do I group thumbnails together?

Is there any way to group selected thumbnails together under a single thumbnail, similar to Stacks in Adobe Bridge and Lightroom? I know you can stack photos together temporarily to share them (see ...
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Photos can't be copied from phone since iOS 17 upgrade

I'm trying to copy a photo from my iPhone and am unable to do so since Apple unilaterally upgraded my phone to iOS 17.1.1 Firstly, I can't copy any photos using AirDrop, WhatsApp, iMessage, Copy, or ...
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Copy list of file names of photos, not the photos, in Photos app from iPhone

To copy a list of file names, not the files, from Mac Finder, I can select multiple files, copy and paste into a TextEdit file. This will paste a list of the file names. I would like to do that with ...
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Moving a edited video out of Photos and back in, returns video to original state, not edited state

On iPhone, I took a video in portrait mode and edited it (rotated it) to be in landscape mode. It played in landscape mode. I used Image Capture to copy this video to my Mac. Two files showed up in ...
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Tangled up iCloud photos

I have my iPhone photos auto-uploaded to the iCloud. When my son got home from college, all his photos also uploaded to the iCloud. Consequently, I have thousands of his photos intermixed with all of ...
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How to separate Favorites between participants in iCloud Shared Photo library?

My wife and I share an iCloud Shared Photo Library, and I have recently discovered that we use likes / hearts / Favorites very differently. While albums and faces do not sync between separate ...
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