Creating multiple Ablums in Photos App for Each Phone

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  1. blackdbird macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2016
    Hello there , i m having a little bit of a problem , actually i have 3 different phones with alot of photos

    iPhone 6 / iPhone 6S / Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

    , and i want to create different library for each phone so photos don't get mixed up with eachother and photos stay clean and easy to manage , is there is any way to do it or do i need additional software (if there is any ) to manage all of the photos as there are 20K + photos in these three phones

    Thank You
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If you wanna use iCloud Photo Library, you can only have one "system" Photos Library that syncs. Sorry.

    But those phones record their "camera model" in exif, the metadata stored in the image (I assume the Edge does too). So just import 'em all, and then use a smart album for each phone, as in CAMERA MODEL IS iPhone 6S.

    You'd only have issues if you had the same camera models, i.e. phones.

    And note this filters on what took the picture, not where it happened to be stored when synched.

    And whether you photos stay "clean" (cough) or dirty sorta depends on you, not your software, and that's TMI for here, but I see why you wanna keep 'em separate....
  3. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    He could create User accounts for each phone. That way when synced each would have it's own system Library.
  4. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    You could create separate libraries for each device, then choose which library you want to use when starting Photos (hold Option and start Photos app, then choose the library).

    If you want to be able to access all photos easily, prob best to create one Photos library, import all photos from your 6, create an album and move all photos to that album. Then do the same for every other device. Again this would be to access all photos that were imported from all devices. If you don't care about easy access to all photos, the first option I suggested would be best.

    NOTE: if you want to use iCloud Photo Library, the first suggestion won't work as Photos would replace whatever library you're accessing in the cloud.
  5. blackdbird thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2016
    Actually i m not going to use any kind of cloud option , just want to store it on my local computer ,
  6. blackdbird thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2016

    I m going to create different account and try the first option and see how it goes , else i sill create all new separate account for each different device because due to dates and meta data it maybe difficult for me to differentiate which photo belongs to which device because there are also many photos downloaded from internet so thats why i will see and update what works best for me

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