Create everything from gorgeous photo books to professionally framed gallery prints to stunning websites using third-party project extensions like Motif, Mimeo Photos, Shutterfly, ifolor, WhiteWall, Mpix, Fujifilm, and Wix. Download third-party extensions from the Mac App Store.
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.
You don’t have to be a pro to edit like one—use the Photos editing tools to give your pictures just the right look. You can crop and straighten, remove red-eye or blemishes, improve light and color, and more.
Memories intelligently curates your photos and videos to find trips, holidays, people, pets, and more, then presents them in beautiful collections and Memory Movies—complete with theme music, titles, and cinematic transitions.
And when you have great photos that you just have to share, create a shared album and invite family and friends to view it.
To browse the Photos User Guide, click Table of Contents at the top of the page.
Glue for mosaic art. If you need more help, visit the Photos Support website.
Before following any of these steps, it's a good idea to create a backup of your photo library, even if you use iCloud Photos. You can use Time Machine, use a third-party backup solution, or copy the library to an external drive. By default, your photo library is stored in the Pictures folder within your home folder.
Photos is part of the Mac operating system. You can avoid or fix many issues by running the most up-to-date version of macOS. Learn more about updating the software on your Mac.
If you use RAW images in Photos, learn more about the digital camera RAW formats supported by iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.
You might see an alert message when you first open Photos or migrate an existing iPhoto or Aperture library. Learn what to do if Photos can’t copy or create a library.
Use the Media Browser to make images from your photo library available in other apps, like Pages and iMovie. The Media Browser shows only the contents of the Photos library designated as the System Photo Library. If you have more than one Photos library—and the one you're using isn't set as the System Photo Library—the Media Browser won't show its contents.
Follow these steps to designate the current library as the System Photo Library:
If you're experiencing other issues—like missing or blank photo thumbnails, unexpected behavior, or if Photos won’t open—try to see if it's an issue with your library by following these steps.
Create a new Photos library and see if your issues persist:
To return to your main Photos library, quit Photos. Then open it again while holding the Option key, select your main library, and click Choose Library.
Alternatively, you can open Photos in another user account on your Mac and note whether Photos opens successfully.
If Photos opens with the new library, or in a different user account, it might mean that there's an issue with your library. Follow the steps to use the Photos library repair tool on your main Photos library.