Deleting folders from Photos app

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jjk454ss, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. jjk454ss macrumors 601

    jjk454ss

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    I am slowly starting to organize my photos, I spent hours deleting duplicates and photos that I just didn't want that. Now in the Photos app I have probably hundreds of folders based on dates that are empty. I cannot find a way to delete these besides one at a time. Am I missing something with the Photos app? Is there a way to delete all empty folders? Or even select multiple at a time?
     
  2. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    I may be misunderstanding you, but it sounds as though you may be looking at the folders that constitute the Photos Library, by way of the Finder. That's not something you want to do. It's best to manage your photos in the app and let it organize the library how it wants. You're going to see random empty folders with nonsensical names in the Finder, but they are not intended for human use.
     
  3. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the quick help. I'm not using Finder, these are actually in the photos app itself. Here is a screenshot from my iPad

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  4. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    Ah. So I definitely did misunderstand you. I don't know the answer to your question, then. Do you know how to select multiple photos inside an album, by tapping and swiping across? Have you tried the same method on the albums?
     
  5. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah, deleting multiple photos was quick and easy. I just can't find a way to delete folders quickly and easily. It's one at a time, plus I have to confirm each one
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "I just can't find a way to delete folders quickly and easily. It's one at a time, plus I have to confirm each one"

    Probably no built-in function by which to do this. Just "one at a time".

    Sometimes one just has to do, what one has to do...
     
  7. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    That's what I'm afraid of. It seems that if the Photos app creates all these folders for you, it should give you a way to delete them, or even better delete them automatically if you remove all the photos from with i that's what I'm afraid of. It seems that if the Photos app creates all these folders for you, it should give you a way to delete them, or even better delete them automatically if you remove all the photos from within that folder
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    OK, I finally figured it out. In the photos app for Mac, you can delete multiples when the folders show up in the main pane. I'm not even sure how you are supposed to get them to show up, the only way I could get them to show up was on the side pane. But when you go to the side pane and delete a folder, the main pane then shows all of your folders and allows you to select multiple at a time.

    Thanks for the help
     
  8. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    So 6 hours later and the extra Albums are still there on my iPad. Do photos sync but not Albums?
     
  9. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    I spent hours yesterday organizing and deleting photos and albums on my Macbook. Today my iPhone and my iPad are not in sync with what I did yesterday on my MacBook. Do I need to give it more time? My iPhone and iPad are still full of old photos I deleted.
     
  10. swandy macrumors regular

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    (1) You should probably try posting this in the Photos for Mac forum at the Apple website. There are two or three responders who are very knowledgeable in Photos and iCloud Photo Library.
    https://discussions.apple.com/commu...=photos&currentPage=1&includeResultCount=true

    (2) Having said that, I believe (and I have seen something similar to what you are seeing with folders) that only Photos and Albums are synced - not Folders, but I am not certain. I know that occasionally I will see similar dated folders like you and I will delete them on my iMac, but sometimes they also have to be deleted on my iPhone also.
     
  11. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks, I'll check out that forum . And when I say folder, I'm actually referring to albums, I guess I keep saying folder because they look like folders when I'm looking at the app :)
     

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