The Photos App For Mac

Automatically back up photos from your Mac or PC, connected cameras and SD cards. Windows 7 + Mac. MacOS 10.9 + Thanks for downloading Backup and Sync. Get the Google Photos app to back up and view photos on your Android and iOS devices. Your photos, everywhere. With iCloud Photos, your photos and videos are always with you, no matter which device you’re using. Take a photo on your iPhone and it appears automatically in Photos on your Mac. Use extensions & plugins in Photos on the Mac. Photos in El Capitan addressed the issue of a lack of extensive editing tools within the app by letting app developers create add-ons that appear. Rumors suggest Apple's iPhone 12 launch event will be held on October 13, with the more affordable 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices set to ship out ahead of the more expensive 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro.

Great apps for your Mac. Right there on your Mac.

The Mac App Store makes it easy to find and download Mac apps as well as widgets and extensions — like editing extensions for the new Photos app. You can browse Mac apps by category, such as games, productivity, music and more. Or do a quick search for something specific. Read descriptions and customer reviews. Flip through screenshots. When you find an app you like, click to buy it. The Mac App Store has apps for just about everything and everyone. Here are a few of our favourites.

Pages

Create beautiful documents, letters, flyers, invitations and more.
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Numbers

Make eye-catching spreadsheets and charts in just a few clicks.
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Keynote

Put together a presentation with captivating graphics and transitions.
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iBooks Author

Create stunning Multi-Touch books for iPad and Mac.
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Final Cut Pro X

Bring your film to life using revolutionary video editing software.
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Logic Pro X

Turn your Mac into a complete professional recording studio.
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Wunderlist

Manage and share your to‑do lists across all your devices. View in Mac App Store

Evernote

Take notes, save web pages, create lists, attach images and PDFs, and more. View in Mac App Store

Cobook Contacts

Find, organise and keep your contacts up to date in even easier ways. View in Mac App Store

Things

Keep track of to-dos, deadlines and projects with this task manager app. View in Mac App Store

Notability

Annotate documents, record lectures and take notes with this all-in-one app. View in Mac App Store

Autodesk SketchBook

Take your ideas further with a complete set of digital drawing tools.View in Mac App Store

Day One

Keep a journal that sends reminders and looks great in day or month view. View in Mac App Store

Pocket

See something you like? Save interesting articles, videos and web pages for later. View in Mac App Store

The Photo Cookbook

Follow over 240 easy‑to‑prepare recipes picture by picture. View in Mac App Store

Kuvva Wallpapers

Choose specially curated wallpapers from a new artist each week. View in Mac App Store

Tonality

Create inspiring black-and-white images on your Mac.View in Mac App Store

swackett

Get visual weather reports that turn complex data into fun infographics. View in Mac App Store

Sky Gamblers Cold War

Rule the action-packed skies in over a dozen different aeroplanes. View in Mac App Store

Sparkle 2

This easy-to-play but enthralling game makes the most of the Retina display. View in Mac App Store

Bike Baron

Beat hundreds of challenges as you master over 100 different bike tracks. View in Mac App Store

Civilization V: Campaign Edition

Build and defend the most powerful empire the world has ever known. View in Mac App Store

Galaxy On Fire 2™ Full HD

Battle your way through a 3D war-torn galaxy against an alien armada. View in Mac App Store

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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

Build a city from the ground up and manage your metropolis in every way. View in Mac App Store

Money

Set a budget, schedule payments and track investments — all in one app. View in Mac App Store

MoneyWiz – Personal Finance

View all your accounts, transactions, budgets and bills in one secure place. View in Mac App Store

iBank

Manage your money with this fully featured, intuitive personal finance app. View in Mac App Store

Next - Track your expenses and finances

See your expenses by year, month or day, and take control of your finances. View in Mac App Store

Investoscope

Monitor your portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more. View in Mac App Store

StockTouch

Keep track of the market in a whole new way. View in Mac App Store

djay

Mix songs from your iTunes library and spin live on a digital turntable. View in Mac App Store

Sound Studio

Record, edit and produce digital audio. Create your own mixes and add effects. View in Mac App Store

Shazam

Like what you hear? Identify a song at a moment’s notice. Then share it or buy it. View in Mac App Store

Tabular

Read and write tablature notation for guitar, bass, drums and more. View in Mac App Store

AmpKit

Turn your Mac into a powerful guitar amp and effects studio. View in Mac App Store

Sound Forge 2

Record, edit, process and render high-resolution audio files. View in Mac App Store

Install any app with ease.

The Mac App Store revolutionises the way apps are installed on a computer — it happens in one step. Enter the same iTunes password you use to buy apps and music on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or iPod touch. Within seconds, your new app flies to Launchpad, ready to go. So you can spend more time enjoying new apps and less time installing them.

Keep your apps up to date.

Since developers are constantly improving their apps, the Mac App Store keeps track of your apps and tells you when an update is available — including OS X software updates. Update one app at a time or all of them at once, for free. You can even have your apps and OS X update automatically, so you’ll always have the latest version of every app you own.

The app you need. When you need it.

Can’t open a file you’ve downloaded or received in an email? OS X can search the Mac App Store to find the app that can open the file. Buy what you need instantly and get back to business.

Buy, download and even re-download.

You can install apps on every Mac authorised for your personal use, and even download them again. This is especially convenient when you buy a new Mac and want to load it with apps you already own.

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Whether you’ve just taken a weekend trip up North or the European vacation of your dreams, you’re guaranteed to return home with a massive amount of photos, probably a handful of videos, and, if you were feeling particularly artsy, half a dozen time-lapses.

But now that you’re home, what are you going to do with all those pictures? Where are you going to keep them? How are you going to share them?

Enter the Photos app for Mac.

What is Photos on Mac?

The Photos app is a convenient home for all of your pictures and videos. Anything you shoot, Photos will store it and — better yet — organize it, so you can actually find said pictures when you feel like reliving the memories.

In this post, we’ll go over the basics of using Apple’s Photos app. We’ll talk about where to find photos on your Mac and how you can manage your ever-growing photo library. And of course, we’ll cover all the features Apple has built into this underrated app.

iPhoto vs Photos: What’s the difference?

Those of you familiar with iPhoto for Mac are probably wondering what makes its successor so special. And to oversimplify it, Photos is the next step in photo management — and a giant step at that.

Prior to Photos, Apple made two apps for managing pictures and videos. iPhoto, for those of us less experienced in photography, and Aperture, for the ones looking to do some heavier editing. Photos perfectly blurs the line between those two apps, combining the best of both while adding new features like iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Sharing.

If you used iPhoto before, Photos will feel instantly recognizable. You’ll have your pictures, albums, and collections in the main window, a navigation sidebar to the left, and different viewing options at the top. However, a significant point of difference between iPhoto and Photos is the app’s performance. When working with larger libraries, iPhoto had the tendency to lag or choke up and had arbitrary limits that would restrict album and collection sizes. Photos gets rid of those limitations entirely and is able to handle much larger libraries than its predecessor. While the look of Photos may be the same, it feels like a faster and more powerful app.

Where are the photos stored on Mac?

The Photos app maintains pictures and videos in its own library, making it easy to view the content, but confusing to access the actual files. To find the photos on your Mac, you’ll need to find that Photos Library first:

  1. With the Photos app open, click on Photos in the menu bar
  2. Then go to Preferences > General
  3. At the top of the window, you’ll see Library Location. Click the Show in Finder button.
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The first thing you’ll notice after you find the Photos Library file is you can’t do much with it. You can double-click it, but that opens Photos again. If you want to find the original files of your pictures and videos, you’ll need to:

  1. Right-click on Photos Library to open the alternate menu
  2. Select Show Package Contents from that menu
  3. Open the Masters folder
  4. All of your pictures and videos live in this folder, organized by year, month, and date
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If you only need master files for a few pictures, you can drag them out of the Photos app directly onto your desktop. Doing this will create copies of the pictures and won’t move or delete the original files. Just don’t forget to find and delete all the copies later, so they don't turn your Mac into a mess. A duplicate finder like Gemini 2 can help with that.

How to use Apple’s Photos app

When you open Photos for the first time, the app offers you a glimpse of what your library will look like with all your pictures and videos imported. You get a quick intro to some of the features and tools, and learn how you can make these memories tangible through printed objects like calendars, photo books, and more.

Once you’ve finished the tour of the app and gone through the initial setup, you’re all set to start importing your pictures and videos!

How to import photos to Mac

There are several ways you can import your media content to Photos, depending on where you’ve been storing it.

From your iPhone or a digital camera

  1. Connect your iPhone or camera to your Mac with a USB cable. You might need to unlock your iPhone with your passcode, and then tap Trust when prompted to Trust This Computer.
  2. On your Mac, if the Photos app doesn’t open automatically, go ahead and open it.
  3. The Photos app will show you an Import screen that has all the photos and videos on your iPhone or camera. If you don’t see the Import screen, click on your iPhone or camera in the Photos sidebar under Devices.
  4. From here you can either choose to Import All New Items or select a batch and click Import Selected.

From a folder or an external hard drive in Finder

You have a couple of options here. If your pictures and videos live on an external hard drive, you’ll want to make sure it’s connected first. Then, you’ll want to do one of the following:

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  • Drag the files from your drive into the Photos window
  • Drag the files from your drive onto the Photos icon in the Dock
  • In Photos, go to File > Import from the menu bar. Choose the photos or videos you want to import and click Review for Import.

An important thing to know about Photos is that the app copies the pictures and videos into the Photos Library we talked about earlier, leaving the original file either on your device or in its folder.

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Because Photos doesn’t remove the original picture after you import, you may end up with duplicate pics taking up precious space on your Mac. And if you’ve taken multiple photos of the same thing from slightly different angles, those will waste even more storage. To keep your photo collection lean, scan your Mac for duplicates from time to time. Gemini 2 can help you find and delete duplicate and even similar photos, so you don’t have to go through hundreds of photos manually. Download it for free and try it out.

Tabs in Photos: Library, Albums, Projects

Have you ever been unable to find a specific picture because you couldn’t remember when you took it? You can remember everything else about the photo, things like where it was taken and who was in it, but not the one thing you need to navigate your files.

The Photos app helps you with this predicament by organizing your pictures not only by date, but also by event, location, and even by people’s faces. In the sidebar, you’ll find a number of tabs designed to make sorting through your pictures easier.

Memories. Photos creates “memories” based on who is in a series of images as well as when and where those pictures were taken.

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Favorites. These are the pictures you’ve gone through and clicked the heart icon on, marking them as your favorites.

People. This is where you’ll be able to see all the pictures of you have of specific people.

Places. This is where you can see all the pictures you’ve taken in specific locations.

Shared. This section is where you’ll find all the albums you’ve shared with other people and the albums that have been shared with you. (Check out our guide to iCloud Photo Sharing for more info on Shared Albums.)

Albums. If you want to group certain pictures for easy navigation, you’ll want to create a new album. This section is where you can access those albums.

How to tag people in photos

If you want to tag someone in a specific picture:

  1. Open the photo in the Photos app
  2. Click the info button in the top right corner.
  3. At the bottom of the info window, you’ll see circles with faces at the bottom. Tap on one of those.
  4. The face will now be circled on the photo. Underneath the circle will be a text box labeled “unnamed.” Click on the text box and type the person’s name.

If the person you’re tagging has already been tagged in your Library, their name should appear under the circle on the photo.

How to share pictures from the Photos app

The Photos app on Mac has made it easier than before to share your pictures. Just select the photos you want to share and click on the Share button in the top right-hand corner. You’ll see a list of options:

  • Shared Albums
  • AirDrop
  • Messages
  • Notes
  • and more, depending on what apps and accounts you set up on your Mac

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Tap on your preferred option and proceed to send the pic or create a Shared Album.

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Now that you’ve gotten a feel for how to use Photos on Mac, it’s time to give it a spin. Once you’ve got your library set up and organized, you’ll see how easy it is to relive and share your memories with Photos.

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