Photos settings on Mac
Choose settings for viewing and importing photos, using iCloud Photos and iCloud Shared Photo Library, and more.
Browse through the options below for details about customizing your settings.
To change settings in the Photos app on your Mac, choose Photos > Settings, then click General, iCloud, or Shared Library at the top of the settings window.
In the General pane, you can change basic Photos settings. For example, you can have videos and Live Photos play automatically, select whether imported items are copied into your library, select whether GPS information is included with photos, and more.
Use iCloud settings to turn on iCloud Photos and choose storage options. Learn how to use iCloud Photos.
Select to allow photos and videos to be uploaded to iCloud and transferred to your other Mac computers and devices where iCloud Photos is turned on and you’re signed in with the same Apple ID.
Note: If Optimize Mac Storage is selected and you’re running low on storage space, Live Photos are stored on your computer as still images. However, when you open a Live Photo, the entire photo plays as usual.
Share albums with others and subscribe to albums that others share with you. You can select photos and share them with friends and family; people you share with can view the photos, make comments, and even add photos of their own. See What are shared albums in Photos on Mac?
Shared Library settings
Use Shared Library settings to create and manage an iCloud Shared Photo Library. See Create or join an iCloud Shared Photo Library.
Add participants to your Shared Library. Participants must have an Apple ID account and must turn on iCloud Photos on their Mac and other devices to access the Shared Library. Children under 13 must be part of the organizer’s Family Sharing group.
Shared Library Suggestions
Receive suggestions for adding photos and videos of people that you select to the Shared Library. To get sharing suggestions for additional people, click Add Other People.
Receive notifications when other participants delete items that you contributed to the Shared Library.
Delete Shared Library
The organizer of a Shared Library can delete it. When you delete a Shared Library, all participants receive a notification and can transfer all of the items in the Shared Library to their Personal Library.
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