Questions tagged [photos.app]

Apple's photo manager and editor. This tag may refer to the iOS app, present since iOS 1.0; the OS X app, where it is the successor to iPhoto and Aperture and was introduced in 2015; or the watchOS app.

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The Places map in my macOS Photos.app library is empty

What I did: Created a custom non-iCloud, non-system photo library and imported my photos from an external camera. All photos are referenced from external files, i.e. not embedded into the library ...
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Display only pictures taken by me

With iOS13, Camera Roll was removed from the Photos app, inexplicably. Pictures taken are now assigned to the Recents Album. However, this Album also contains pictures/media from all sorts of sources (...
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How to move some photos to external hard drive

I want to move some of my older photos from the library to an external hard drive as my disk is getting full. I do not want to export, delete and re-import the photos to keep face/keyword information. ...
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Recover photographs from Photos library

I made the (idiotic) decision to install a beta version of OS X Mojave Big Sur, which later became corrupted, forcing me to reinstall OS X Catalina. During the time that I had Mojave Big Sur installed,...
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Photos folder on external hard drive incessant disk usage for 5 years

My photos collection has way over 500 gigabytes, and when I got a new Mac in 2015, I moved the collection to an external hard drive, and pointed Photos (iphoto by then?) to the external hard drive. So ...
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How to backup/export photos/videos from the new Photos app to an external hard disk?

I have a huge library in the new Photos app on my Mac OS X Yosemite machine, I want to know the easiest way to export or backup all these photos and videos on an external hard disk (formatted for Mac),...
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How do I search for screenshots of the lock and home screen on Apple Photos for Mac?

I would like to optimize my photo library by deleting screenshots of my of home screen and lock screen. I use screenshots quite a bit for work, so looking through all of my screenshots would be quite ...
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How do I search for blank photos on Apple Photos for Mac?

I would like to optimize my photo library by deleting the photos that came out underexposed or overexposed to the point that there isn't an image. Is there a way to search for these photos on Apple ...
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How can I make the face recognition process continue?

Right now, if I go on the People section of photos.app, a message says it has analysed x photos, while the remaining y photos will be analysed when I'm not using the app and my Mac is connected to a ...
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How to preserve the HEIC format when downloading Google Photos to desktop

For reasons that escape me, I deleted about 15 jpegs from my iPhone XS (I only enabled iCloud Photo Library recently). I do maintain a copy of all photos taken on my iPhone to Google Photos, and so I ...
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How do I filter videos by size to identify the largest in Photos app on OSX?

I need to find the largest video files, because my videos takes a lot of space but I dont know how to do this: It seems to not to be there any option for filtering by size
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USB-C to lightning cable plugged into

The iPhone 12 now ships with a USB-C to Lightning cable. Is it safe to plug this into a USB-C charger on one end and an old iPhone, like an iPhone 5, on the other end? Obviously the iPhone 5 would ...
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How to export iCloud photos with proper datetime

I'm using Photos app on macOS to export iCloud photos, because it's easiest possible way. The app itself is showing date and time of every photo in the header, but when Exporting the Originals ...
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Apple Photos and iCloud

So from what I understood, if I have Apple Photos on my Mac set up with iCloud it will upload Photos to iCloud and only store a representation locally, thus free local disk space. I have now importet ...
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How can I select a single photo form a photo burst using Photos.app on MacOS Catalina?

I have a few photo bursts in Photos.app version 5 (MacOS Catalina), and Photos.app identifies them as bursts, but I cannot find any tool in the interface to select one picture in the burst or even to ...
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macOS Photos Library size is 700MB but I don't see any picture running Photos?

The Photos Library seems to be a directory, but I cannot open it in Finder. I can look into it from terminal bash nd and I see several thumbnails. However, if I open Photos, there are no photos... ...
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Saving multiple Live Photos as video triggers “Unable to Save” error

I would like to concatenate multiple Live Photos into one single video. This seems to be possible since iOS 13 by selecting (multiple) Live Photos and sharing them into "Save as Video" [1] [...
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Sync Google Photos with Apple Photos?

Is it possible to sync any additions made to Google Photos (coming from my Android phone) and add them automatically to Apple Photos?
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What does this icon showing corners of a rectangle with a star on some of my photos mean?

I have an iPhone 11 Pro Max running the latest iOS, and some of my photos have this icon in the top right corner. I am assuming that it means that the photo has a face which has been recognised or ...
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Time Machine (Photos and iCloud Drive Optimize Storage) in MacBook Pro

thank you for reading me. I have a MacBook Pro with 256GB of Disk Storage and I have to set Optimize Storage for Photos / Videos and for iCloud Drive, since my Photo Library is much larger than 256GB. ...
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Photos not appearing in photos app on macos catalina

First, I was going to upload a photo to icloud, but it took to long and I wanted to stop the process. I googled it and to stop it, it said to turn off and back on iCloud photos. Little did I know, as ...
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How can I show photos that aren't in an album?

I am trying to organize all my photos in iPhoto. Is there a filter or setting that allows me to see all "unsorted" photos? ie photos that aren't in an album?
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How to convert my iCloud Photo Library into H256/HEIC/HEVC

I have iPhone 11 Pro and MacBook Pro 16", both are powerful enough to handle HEIC/HEVC. I just found that significant part of my iCloud Photo Library has an unoptimized MOV files recorded on previous ...
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How do I set up automatic, incremental backup for my macOS Photos.app library?

I have ~30,000 photos in my library, which takes up ~90 GB disk space. My MacBook has limited hard drive size, so I'm using an external hard drive for my Photos library. The library is synced to ...
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Some Photos Do Not Appear in All Photos

I store all of my photos in Apple Photos on a MacBook. Then, using Finder, I sync all of the photos in Apple Photos to an iPad and an iPhone. I have iCloud turned off on all 3 devices. I am having the ...
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Photos app refusing to download even though I got free disk space

I've got the Photos library on an external SSD. The SSD is 512 GB with a real capacity of about 500 GB according to Finder. The Photo library is around 420 GB according to iCloud. When there was about ...
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Mac Photos app stuck on “Restoring from iCloud”

I have about 110,000 photos and videos in my Photos library, synced to my Mac with iCloud with "download originals" turned on. Sync was working fine until a few days ago, about a week after installing ...
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Why can’t I share this photo?

iPhone 8, iOS 13.6. I took a photo from my lock screen, and even after unlocking my phone I can’t share it. The share sheet icon is greyed out: The same is true for the Edit option. Photos I’ve ...
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iPhone photos phantom storage (13 photos take up 13 gb)

I have a storage problem on my iPhone X. I have iCloud photos and a massive cloud library of ~700GB which used to be all squished into my 64Gb iPhone X, taking up around 22Gb. I recently wanted to ...
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How to bulk update videos' metadata in Photos?

I would like to bulk update the date of multiple videos in the Photos app. While it seems to be possible for photos, I cannot figure it out for videos. How to bulk update videos' metadata in Photos?
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My computer consistently crashes while trying to batch export my photos from my Photos app to a folder

I'm trying to download my photos from the Photos app to a folder on my computer (iMac 2019). However, after some time, the Photos app ends up crashing and I have to restart the download process. ...
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How to reduce file size of multiple pictures in Photos app?

I have some pictures in Photos that I simply don't need in the maximum quality my phone camera took them in. They're usually about 2-4MB when ~200KB would suffice. I am looking for the best way to ...
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Downloading all photos from iCloud Photo Library without Photos app

I have an iCloud account with about 800 photos stored in iCloud Photo Library. I’m trying to move them to a Mac and delete them from iCloud in order to clear up space. I tried to connect my Mac to ...
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Error importing videos to Photos in Catalina: Unsupported resource set: video,xmp

I have several Photos libraries; my system library that's synced with iCloud, and some additional libraries for things that I want to keep but don't need to have available all the time. Here's my ...
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Photos taking up space in General > iPhone Storage, but I don't have any photos and iCloud Photos is disabled

so I recently was backing up my photos to google photos, and I usually clear everything from my photo library because it takes up space. I make sure to delete the recently deleted album as well, but I ...
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Can I use iCloud Photos on an iPhone without every new photo being uploaded to the cloud?

I will be switching to an iPhone soon. At the moment, my best photos reside in a nice folder structure in iCloud Photos. When getting the iPhone, i still want to be able to view those images but not ...
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How to skip using Photos app whem importing photos

I prefer to keep sorted/labeled folders of all of my iphone photos via finder and a NAS system. With more and more system updates and phone/iMac changes, I am finding that now when I go to import ...
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How do I sort albums alphabetically in Photos.app?

I would like to know if I can alphabetically sort albums in Photos.app. The iPhoto method for doing this did not work.
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Problem saving shared photos to device

My gf and I regularly go on trips and each take pictures from our own phones that we then share to with each other to a common shared folder. When I look at the "For You" folder and find ...
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Can't save all photos to iPad air from photostream

It might sound strange but trying to save the photo portfolios to my iPad using photostream to transfer from iMac, noticed that in one of the folders not all the photos were saved. Repeated several ...
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Understanding photo libraries when migrating from iPhoto to Photo

I recently updated an outdated OS to Catalina, in which the iPhoto app was replaced by the Photos app. In HD/Users/User/Images, I now find three different folders : iPhoto-Library (Migrated Photo ...
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iMovie only imports 4 seconds of a movie clip that is much longer than 4 seconds

Intermittent… sometimes iMovie decides to only import 4 seconds of my movie clip even though it is much longer. I am dragging it out of Photos and into iMovie When I QUIT & RELAUNCH iMovie, the ...
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iPhotos > Shared Photo Albums: Protect from Remote Deletion

Several iPhoto Shared Albums disappeared after the person who shared the albums with me deleted them. Is there anyway I can safeguard pictures in Shared Albums even if the Album they were shared ...
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export from photos (mac) including edited metadata

I received a bunch of photos that didn't have any correct metadata. I have then manually corrected the time and gps information within the photos app. When I export this files, those information are ...
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Two iCloud Photo Links in Windows Explorer

I had iCloud installed through the Windows app store. I had iPhotos syncing to my C:\users\david\Pictures\... directory. I then did a "move" of my Windows Pictures folder to my D: drive which holds ...
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Create Context Menu Items in Photos app

I have seen several blog posts and articles about how to create context menu items in Finder and have been motivated to try creating a Context Menu (right-click) Items inside the Photos app. Using ...
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Recently upgraded iPadOS. It seems my ability to screen record is now reduced to 1/5th the duration. Any fixes?

Before the upgrade I was running iOS 12.2.2, which let me record on high quality for two hours of live music or video conferencing without problems (1.5GB was good for for 30 minutes of recording). ...
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Where to find a picture from photo library on the file system?

Using the get info on a picture inside the photo library, I'm getting a name a can't find on the file system anywhere in ~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary/.... Where can I get the physical ...
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Same photos are being reimported dozens of times

On a relatively new Catalina macbook pro I am seeing the same set of recent pictures taken by the iPhone showing up for import time and again. Before even trying again I had deleted everything from ...

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