Merging albums on Photos for Mac allows you to consolidate multiple albums into one, keeping everything organized in one place. Whether you want to declutter your library or consolidate albums from various events or time periods, merging is a handy tool in Photos for Mac. Follow this guide to seamlessly merge albums on your Mac computer.
Before merging albums, take some time to organize and plan the process to ensure no photos get lost accidentally. Here are some tips:
Following these best practices avoids issues and ensures a smooth merge.
Merging albums in Photos for Mac only takes a few clicks. Here is the step-by-step process:
And that's it! Your selected albums are now merged into one easy-to-manage consolidated album. The original albums will be deleted.
If you've created a giant merged album with hundreds or thousands of photos, here are some tips for keeping it organized and manageable:
The Photos app has robust sorting capabilities to browse large albums:
Break a massive album into smaller, more focused sub-albums:
Group similar sub-albums into even larger organizational folders:
With these tips, even giant merged albums with thousands of photos can remain navigable and organized.
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Here are answers to some common questions about merging albums on Photos for Mac:
You can select multiple albums to merge by Cmd-clicking on each one to highlight it. The albums can be contiguous or non-contiguous in your library. Once selected, right-click to merge.
The original source albums you selected to merge will be deleted after completing the merge. The photos themselves remain intact and are consolidated into the new merged album.
Yes, you can freely merge albums whether they are stored locally on your Mac or synced from iCloud. The photos will be combined regardless of original album storage location.
Unfortunately once you complete an album merge in Photos, it cannot be undone. That's why it's critical to double check the albums selected before confirming the merge. If you do merge incorrectly, your only recourse is to recreate the original albums and re-add the photos.
Photos does not have a native feature to split a merged album back into its original separate albums. You would have to manually create new albums and move the appropriate photos into each one to recreate the original albums.
Yes, any photos with existing face tags applied in your albums will retain those face tags when merged into the new album. Face tagging associations will be preserved after merging albums.
There is no set limit on how many albums you can select and merge simultaneously in Photos. You are only limited by the total number of photos that can be contained in a single album, which is extremely large.
Merging albums is an easy way to consolidate multiple albums into a single unified collection in Photos for Mac. With smart preparation and organization, merged albums can be managed smoothly no matter how large your photo collection grows.
Merging albums provides a great way to organize massive photo libraries into consolidated collections that are easier to manage long-term. By following best practices and utilizing Photos' built-in organizational features, even giant merged albums with thousands of photos can remain navigable.
If your Photos library is becoming cluttered with too many small disjointed albums, merging them into cohesive unified albums can go a long way towards simplifying your photo collection and making it more usable. Don't be afraid to merge liberally to reduce album overload.
With the tips in this guide, you should now feel confident to merge albums in your Photos for Mac library to better organize your ever-growing collection of precious photos and memories. So gather those scattered albums and start merging today!
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