How to Migrate From iPhoto to Photos for Mac

How to Migrate From iPhoto to Photos for Mac

Apple has launched its latest Mac OS named Yosemite in 2015. With that, the company also released the new image editing application called Photos for Mac. The app was indeed announced in 2014 in the Worldwide Developers Conference. One of the best things about the Photos for Mac is that it was built from the scratch to be compatible with Yosemite. Another great thing about this app is that it can be integrated with the Photos app designed for iOS devices.

Now, Photos app has replaced iPhoto on the iOS devices. This is why you may need to move your photos from iOS to the Photos for Mac OS. This will allow you to use your photos and images with the greatest image editing app Apple has ever come up with.


The photos get migrated from iPhoto to Photos for Mac automatically if your Pictures folder has only one library. But, if there are more photo libraries on your Mac computer, then the things can get a little tricky. Also, if you have split any of your iPhoto libraries, again it may become a little difficult to synchronize automatically. In this case you may need some assistance to manually migrate the libraries from iPhoto to Photos.

If you want to make sure of the iCloud Photo Library then you will need to make sure that your iCloud account has enough storage space. If you have turned the iCloud Library on in your Mac Photos application then all your photos and images will get uploaded in the cloud storage and it will take up a lot of space. You can go to Preferences and turn the iCloud Photo Library off. Apart from all, now user can download iPhoto for PC.

Migrating the Photos from iPhotos to Photos

When you launch the Photos app on your Mac for the first time, it will ask you to pick the library. It would be a good idea to pick the biggest library and allow it to migrate to Photos. Once it has migrated, you can start the migration of the other libraries.

In case you need to do it manually, here are the steps you can follow:
  • 1. Close the Photos application on your Mac
  • 2. Press and hold the Option key and start the Photos app now
  • 3. You will be prompted to choose the library you want to migrate or open. If you don’t see the library listed, you can click “Other Library”
  • 4. Pick the library you wish to migrate and then click on “Choose Library.”
There is an alternate way to migrate the libraries. Choose the library you wish to migrate and drag it over the icon of the Photos app. If you wish to create a completely new directory, you can select “Create New.”

Once you have installed the multiple libraries, you can also toggle between them when the Photos app is open:
  • Press and hold the Option button on your keyboard
  • Double click on the Photos icon
  • Choose the library that you want to open
If you find any issues while transferring pictures then can drop your comment below.

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