About the status bar in Photos for macOS

Photos for macOS provides detailed information about your photo library, including how many photos and videos you have, when your library was last updated with iCloud Photos, and more.

Find the status bar

To see how many photos and videos are in your library, select Photos, click Moments, then scroll to the bottom. If you have iCloud Photos turned on, the status bar also shows how the photo library on your Mac compares to what's in iCloud Photos. If you're uploading photos to iCloud Photos, you can click Pause or Resume here.

Screenshot showing the status bar located at the bottom.

Manage Items on This Mac Only

If there are "referenced" photos or videos in the library on your Mac, you might see Items on This Mac Only in the status bar. Referenced items aren't uploaded to iCloud Photos, and aren't available on other devices. If you want to include them in iCloud Photos, here's what to do:

  1. Choose File > New Smart Album.
  2. Name the Smart Album "Referenced" and select Photo - is - referenced. Click OK.
  3. Select "Referenced" in the left sidebar.
  4. Press Command-A to select all the photos in the Smart Album, and then choose File > Consolidate.

If you can't upload photos from your Mac

Unable to Upload [#] Items appears if there are any photos or videos on your Mac that couldn't be uploaded to iCloud Photos. You might be able to fix this with steps below, but edits and keywords that you applied to these photos will be lost.

  1. Create a new Smart Album by choosing File > New Smart Album.
  2. Name the Smart Album "Unable to Upload" and set the three pop-up menus to Photo - is - unable to upload to iCloud Photos.
    Screenshot showing the field where you can create the name of a new Smart Album.
  3. Select "Unable to Upload" in the left sidebar.
  4. Press Command-A to select all the photos in the Smart Album, and then choose File > Export > Export Unmodified Original For (#) Photos.
  5. In the dialogs that follow, choose the file name format and location for the exported photos. Click Export, then click Export Originals.
  6. After the photos export, make sure the photos are all still selected in the Smart Album. Then right-click or Control-click one of them, and choose Delete (#) Photos from the menu that appears.
  7. Click Delete, then click OK.
  8.  To import the photos back into your library, choose File > Import and find the images in the location you chose in step 5.
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