Organize and find your photos

Keep your growing photo and video library organized and accessible with the Photos app. Then use the Search bar built directly into Photos to quickly find the person, place, or thing you're looking for.


The Photos app is organized into Photos, Memories, Shared, and Albums. On your Mac, you also have Projects. When you turn on iCloud Photo Library, your collection is arranged the same way across your devices and navigating your library always feels familiar. And thanks to the advanced search features in Photos, you can find pictures based on a person, place, or object.

First things first



Photos groups your library into Moments, Collections, and Years arranged by when and where you took them.

Moments: See groups of your photos and videos taken around the same time and place, like an afternoon at the beach.

Collections: Find distinct Moments taken at the same place, like your vacation in San Diego.

Years: View your entire library in a beautiful mosaic of all the photos and videos you’ve taken each year.

Tap or click the location of any Moment, Collection, and Year to see a summary of its photos and videos, the people in them, a map showing where they were taken, and related memories for you to explore.



Relive your favorite moments in Memories. Photos searches your photos and videos to find events, trips, people, and more, then presents them in beautiful collections. That way you can rediscover a weekend hike or big events like a first birthday.

Go to Memories and browse up to three new ones a day.



Looking for a place to gather and share everyone's photos from the family reunion? iCloud Photo Sharing lets you do just that in Shared.

When you have a photo, video, or album that you want to share, tap or click share icon and choose iCloud Photo Sharing. You can invite up to 100 of your friends and family to see them. Then they can comment and even add their own photos too.

Go to Shared to see all of the photos and videos that you're sharing, what others shared with you, and the likes and comments the photos get.



In Albums, you find the photo albums you’ve created, and automatic collections of different types of photos and videos, like Panoramas, Selfies, Slo-mo, and Time Lapse. You can even look at your photos arranged on a world map in the Places album, or browse your photos based on who’s in them in the People album.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the All Photos album shows your entire collection in the order you added them to your library. To get a similar view on your Mac, click Photos in the sidebar, then select the Photos tab at the top of the window.

Photos makes it easy to keep your collection organized just the way you want. And when you use iCloud Photo Library, the changes you make to your albums on one device appear on your other devices too.

Create a new album

Go to Albums on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and tap add icon. On your Mac, click My Albums > add icon > Album. Enter an album name, then choose the photos and videos that you want to organize in the new album.

On your Mac, you can also select the photos you’d like to add to an album, control-click, then choose Add to > New Album.

Add to an existing album

On your iPhone, tap Select and tap the photos and videos that you want to add. Tap Add To and choose the album. On your Mac, you can simply drag photos into an album from the Sidebar.

Manage your albums

If you want to change an album name, select the album, then enter a new name. You can rearrange your albums too: just select and hold the album and drag it to the place you want.

Projects on your Mac


Projects on your Mac let you turn your photos into memorable, high-quality keepsakes. Built-in, easy-to-use tools and Apple-designed themes help you create photo books, cards, calendars, and prints that your friends and family will cherish. To get started on a new project, select the photos you want to use, control-click, then choose Create. Select Book, Calendar, Card, Slideshow, or Prints.

Photos also makes it simple to work with third-party services so you can create impressive websites, collages, photo albums, wall decor, and more. Download extensions from the Mac App Store. Then go to File > Create and choose the extension you’d like to use.

If you want to finish a project that you've already started or reorder something, go to the My Projects tab and see your full list.

Find what you're looking for in no time

The Photos app makes it easy to find photos of an exact person, place, or thing. Advanced face recognition and computer vision technology lets you search your photos by who and what’s in them.

Search by people

Find photos in your library of a specific person or a group of people. Just keep the names and faces organized in your People album.

Search by places

See all of your photos and videos on a map in Places. Or use the Search bar to see all of the photos and videos from that place.

Search by things

Photos recognizes scenes and objects. Search for something like "lake" and then select a category result to see all your photos that match.


When you search your photos, all of the face recognition and scene and object detection are done completely on your device. Learn more about photos and your privacy.

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Published Date: Wed Jan 31 20:14:39 GMT 2018