Photos - referenced library Question.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by 8Apples, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. 8Apples macrumors member


    Nov 1, 2013
    I have always managed my own pictures folders since before my Mac days. So when I came over to Mac, I quickly learned to use Photos with a referenced library. I have always done this. Having completely converted to Mac, and now using my iPhone 6s as my camera, I now import my pictures directly into Photos. It is just easier than monkeying around with a third party importer or anything else that I know of. Because my Photos is set to have a referenced library, what happens to the pictures that I 'import' from my iPhone? Are the truly imported and stored off my phone or are then only 'referenced' in, meaning if I delete them from my phone they are gone? I really appreciate any insight on this.

  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4


    Feb 20, 2009
    Good question.

    Why don't you do a "test delete" using a pic you don't need, and report back to us the results of your experiment?
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    The convention is, is that if you import from an external device into a Referenced Library, then you need to have that external device connected to view the photos.
  4. 8Apples, Mar 30, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2016

    8Apples thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 1, 2013
    While I certainly understand the conventional setup, it is certainly different because of working off an iPhone. I deleted pictures out of iPhoto, that were taken on my iPhone... but that really doesn't tell me anything. Actually because of the photo stream, even pictures that I have taken on my iPhone and not synced show up in my pictures on my Mac in Photos. So it is not like a typical setup of a referenced library. All that being said, if I copy out a picture from Photos (imported from my iPhone) it is apparently full sized being 2mb~. So I'm assuming that Photos does indeed actually import and store the photos imported from iPhone in the full blown size. That is what I was hoping was happened. I will drag the ones out to permanent Photo folder hierarchy that I want to. That way I can organize my folders. That has always been my complaint about iPhotos --> Photos, is the way it controls your folders. Thanks for the input.

    --- Post Merged, Mar 30, 2016 ---
    I just got this! Delete it off my iPhone, and see if it still is in Photos! I had it backwards. I will try this, but my gut feeling is that it will still be on my computer. - Ok, ran a quick test, did not sync my iPhone and computer, and I still had the full size picture on my computer. So, yes it does store them.


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