View Photos In Photo Library Mac

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Open Photos on Mac. In the menu bar, select 'Photos'. Select 'preferences'. Under 'General,' select 'Show in Finder' under the 'Library Location' section. One more way to switch Photos libraries is hold down the Option key and open Photos, then choose the library you want or create a new one. TUTORIAL: How to move your Photos library to another drive. To browse the bundle and see its contents, right-click it in Finder and choose Show Package Contents from the popup menu. Your Mac should now display the hidden directories and files within the Photos library bundle until you close the Finder window. Is your hard drive on your Mac full? Are you running out of space? Maybe your Photos Library is too big! This tutorial goes through what Photo Libraries a.

iCloud and the System Photo Library

You can use iCloud Photos, Shared Albums, and My Photo Stream only with the System Photo Library. If you choose a different library in Photos without designating it as the System Photo Library, the iCloud tab in Photos preferences is disabled.

If you want to use a different library with iCloud, follow the instructions in the next section to change the System Photo Library.

How to designate a System Photo Library

If you designate a new library as the System Photo Library and then turn on iCloud Photos, the photos and videos in the new library will merge with those already in your iCloud Photos. Additionally, all photos and videos from iCloud will redownload to the device.

  1. Quit the Photos app.
  2. Hold down the Option key and open Photos. One of the photo libraries is already designated as YourLibraryName (System Photo Library).
  3. Choose the library you want to designate as the System Photo Library.
  4. After Photos opens the library, choose Photos > Preferences from the menu bar.
  5. Click the General tab.
  6. Click the Use as System Photo Library button.
    If Use as System Photo Library is grayed out, the current library is already set as your System Photo Library.

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If you open a different library in the Photos app, and you haven't designated it as the System Photo Library, other applications will use photos from the original System Photo Library. Hold down the Option key when you open Photos to see which library is set as the System Photo Library.


Need help?

If you still have issues with Photos, contact Apple Support.

Michael McKissack writes in with a great mystery:

I have a massive Photos library and use iCloud Photo Library stored on an external HD to maintain a local backup of all pictures. However, my wife and I use a large number of shared albums to share our pictures with each other, and these keep eating up space on my MacBook Pro in com.apple.cloudphotosd. My MacBook Pro keeps filling up, rendering Photos completely unusable.

You’re not alone in experiencing this! And it’s definitely a loose thread in how Apple manages photo storage. The ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.cloudphotosd folder is a cache, not part of your Photos library. It’s used both for temporary storage, as images are synced and transferred to your library, and as local storage for shared iCloud images.

For most people, shared iCloud albums don’t add up to much. But because you and your wife are sharing a lot of images—and I’d guess you might even be shooting and syncing in a raw photo format, which makes files even bigger—your cache is enormous.

Even if you have Photos set to optimize images and videos (in Photos > Preferences > iCloud) instead of storing full-resolution media, shared iCloud album remain cached at full resolution. For a less-frequent iCloud Photo Sharing user, this folder only consumes about 1.5GB of my startup volume.

The bad news is that this is a design flaw, rather than a bug. Apple intentionally stores data there. As long as you’re sharing lots of images, this will remain a problem.

You can reduce the number of shared albums to reduce the storage consumed. Select any shared album and click the strangely named People button at upper right (it’s a silhouette of a person with a circle around it). You can then click Delete Shared Album, which empties the local cache without deleting the photos you shared, and disables sharing to other people.

Some users have reported on forums a related problem: that files already synced to their Photos library or which no longer shared are still lodged in the com.apple.cloudphotosd folder. You need to delete that folder to refresh the cache, apparently; that worked for many of those who tried it.


Warning! This requires temporarily disabling iCloud Photo Library. If you have a large library synced with iCloud, disabling and later re-enabling it will cause a complete re-sync, even if no new images need to be uploaded. Consider your bandwidth use and the amount of time it will take.

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To delete the folder:

  1. In Photos > Preferences > iCloud, disable all options.
  2. Quit Photos.
  3. Select Go > Go To Folder in the Finder and paste in ~/Library/Containers and click Go.
  4. Delete the com.apple.cloudphotosd folder.
  5. Empty the trash.
  6. Launch Photos and re-enable your options.

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Any shared albums will be re-downloaded and cached as before.


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