Photos Library is blowing up in size on my 128 GB MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    The Photos Library folder on my MacBook Air is blowing up in size as my wife and I have been taking a lot of pictures of our infant son. My MBA only has a 128 GB SSD. All my pictures are also backed up on Google Photos so I don't need them to be on my Mac anymore.

    Question: What is the best way to bulk delete all my photos from the Photos Library. I am not sure about this since I haven't done this before. Is it as simple as going to Edit--> Select all and then Image --> Delete selected items?
  2. organic bond macrumors regular

    May 5, 2007
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    Yes, then go to the "Recently Deleted" section in Photos and click at the top right to permanently remove them.

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    Or you can go to your ~/Pictures folder and just delete the entire Photos library.

    Just to be clear though, this will permanently delete all your photos.
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If you have iCloud Photo Library enabled on both your phone and your Mac, anything you delete on your Mac will also delete on your phone.

    If iCloud Photo Library is enabled on your Mac, you may want to disable it there before you delete anything.

    Also you might check the Preferences of Photos on your Mac and make sure the option to sync full resolution copies is disabled. This might let you keep lower-res versions on your Mac to flip-thru, and then it'll download the full resolution one (on the fly) when needed.

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