How to merge Photo libraries

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Giuanniello, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Giuanniello macrumors regular

    Giuanniello

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    #1
    Hello,

    Photo is not at all my photography main app but it comes handy at importing off of the iPhone, I just figured it out that on my backup MacBookAir I have two Photo libraries and was trying to find out how to merge them in a single one as to save space (there probably are doubles) and to create less confusion.

    Any hint?

    thank you
     
  2. The Bad Guy macrumors 6502a

    The Bad Guy

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    No idea. Photos is ****. I like your Flickr account though. ;)
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    https://www.fatcatsoftware.com/powerphotos/

    There is no native way to merge them. There are third party apps ($$) like this one that will merge for you.

    What you can do is export the photos from one library, then import those photos to the second library. But that will lose and albums or events you setup already.
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    Just took a gander myself... there is some great work on there to be sure.
     
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    There is something of a merger technique, using iCloud Photo Library. One can add the first library to iCloud Photo Library, then turn off the library feature on the Mac. Then, you can open the second library in Photos, and add it to iCloud. Afterwards, one could again turn off iCloud Photo Library. See https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21363

     
  5. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

    Giuanniello

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    Ahah, right, Photo is not the best but it comes for free and does what it should with the iDevices pictures, luckily I don't have my archive there...

    Thank you for your appreciation
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    Thank you too for the suggestion and appreciation
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    Ouch, complicated...

    On my main computer I have Photo handling 3 archives which used to belong to iPhoto (...), tough life for pictures with OS X
     

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