I HATE the new Photos app

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Anoziram, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Anoziram macrumors newbie

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    I just made an account because I'm struggling to find anyone who's got my problem.
    The new "Photos" app for the Mac operating system is driving me nuts. I don't like the way it looks, or the editing system, or the fact that the Cloud is central to it. I don't have an iPhone, and don't intend on getting one. There's no reason for me to use Photos.
    I want to go back to iPhoto, and the app is still on my Mac with all of my old photos, but I want to remove the Photos app entirely from my computer. Is there any way I could do this?
     
  2. petvas macrumors 601

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    The Photos.app is integrated into the OS, so you could only delete it by using root privileges or apps that can do that for you.
     
  3. Anoziram thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I figured. it seems like way too much work. I think I might just have to keep Photos but delete everything from it.
     
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    You can often get rid of these stubborn Apps simply by booting off another partition, then dragging the App on the non-boot partition into the trash, and emptying it; no root required.
    Having two or more partitions, even if one's a minimal 30gB size can be quite useful.
     
  5. Anoziram thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm still fairly new to hacking my Mac. Can you explain what that would mean, or how to do it?
     
  6. petvas macrumors 601

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  7. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Easiest method is to buy a cheap USB hard drive. A couple hundred gB should cost $20 or $30 by now.
    Install Yosemite, or whatever you're using, on it.
    Go to System Prefs and select your new drive as the boot disk.
    Restart.
    You should now be able to trash Apps from the App folder of your original drive with ease.
    You must remember to navigate to the Applications folder on the non-boot drive manually though.
    Clicking "Applications" in a finder window sidebar will always take you to the App folder of the active system, and that's not the one you want.
    Empty the trash before proceeding.
    When done, reboot off the original drive, and the offending App will gone.
    Many Apps that Apple protects from deletion are in fact deletable by this method, and the System will run just fine. I wouldn't be surprised however if there were some Apps that the System really does need to function properly.

    Instead of buying another HD, you could also use disk utility to sub-partition your internal drive. This can take a while but last I checked, it does work even when the drive in question is the active System drive.
    Likely you're better off buying a cheap terabyte drive that you can use for other things when you're done deleting Apps from the main drive.

    As always, back up FIRST.
     
  8. Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

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    If you are desperate to remove Photos its possible using Terminal. I don't recommend doing so because Photos is integrated to OS X.

    Follow these instructions at your own risk!

    First back up to external drive, then open Terminal and paste this: sudo rm -rf /Applications/Photos.app
    Press enter, if necessary give administrator password.
     

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