Clarification needed: facetags preserved or not?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by mark-vdw, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. mark-vdw macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2013
    I've been searching the forums and the web for a clear answer to this but am finding contradictory results. When going from El Cap to Sierra, are existing facetags (1) completely lost, (2) preserved but separate from the People functionality, (3) merged into People?

    I'm not so worried about the shots where faces are clearly recognisable, I'm sure the new algorithm will do fine with those, but I spent hundreds of hours tagging 30k photos, including people with their backs to the cam, etc. Would hate to loose all of that.
  2. mopatops macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2011
    Yep, number 3. I was in a similar situation to you and have had no problems with it retaining everyone that I tagged manually
  3. RabidMacFan macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2012
    My Sierra install is still "processing" photos in the People area, a function that appears to be very graphics card intensive. However, names and faces that I had previously labeled in El Capitan appear to still be here so far. For you, I would make sure to create a backup of your photo library just in case.

    I'm curious if they will sync between macOS and iOS now.

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