Photos is the newer photo management app created by Apple to replace iPhoto. Upgrading from iPhoto to Photos allows you to take advantage of Photos' improved organizing and editing features. The process involves exporting your iPhoto library and importing it into Photos.
Upgrading allows you to:
However, iPhoto still works so upgrading is optional. Consider if the new features are worth changing apps.
Step 1: Open iPhoto and ensure your library is up to date by selecting Photos > Update Library. This may take a while.
Step 2: Go to File > Export to export your original or edited photos. Choose file format, location,etc.
Step 3: Click Export and wait for process to finish. This can take hours if library is very large.
Step 4: Locate the exported Masters folder containing your exported library. Keep this to import into Photos.
Step 1: Open Photos app and sign in with your Apple ID if prompted.
Step 2: Go to File > Import to select the folder you exported from iPhoto.
Step 3: Photos will import this library and consolidating duplicates can take awhile. Keep app open during process.
Step 4: When finished, your iPhoto library is now available in Photos app!
To view the photos imported from iPhoto:
1. Select Photos tab along top bar.
2. Choose source as "iPhoto" under Media Types section to filter imported content.
3. Browse just photos and videos from your old iPhoto library!
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iPhoto will remain on your Mac after upgrading. Feel free to keep using it or delete if no longer needed.
Unfortunately it's all or nothing when importing an iPhoto library. The entire library must be exported and then imported.
Any edits like cropping or color changes will transfer over from iPhoto to Photos.
Albums will transfer over but not events. You'll see all former event photos in the "iPhoto" Media Type though.
Yes, as long as the exported Masters folder from iPhoto is stored there, Photos can import it.
Upgrading from iPhoto to Photos requires exporting your entire library from iPhoto and then importing it into Photos. This allows you to start using Photos' newer features and take advantage of iCloud syncing across devices. Just be prepared for the processes to take time. Check your imported content in Photos using the "iPhoto" media source filter.
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