macOS High Sierra

Import photos from hard disks, CDs, DVDs, and cards

If you have photos or videos saved on a hard disk or other storage device, you can import them into Photos.

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Import from a hard disk, optical disc, or flash drive

You can import photos or video files from a storage device (such as a hard disk), a CD or DVD (if you have an optical drive), or a flash drive.

  1. Connect the device to your Mac.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Drag files or folders from the Finder to the Photos window.

    • Drag files or folders from the Finder to the Photos icon in the Dock.

    • In Photos, choose File > Import. Select the photos or videos you want and click Review for Import. If you selected multiple photos or videos, select the ones you want to import and click Import [number] Selected or Import All New Photos.

      Important: Don’t eject a disc or drive while the photos are being imported.

Imported photos appear in the Imports and Photos albums in the sidebar.

Tip: If you have an iCloud account, you can copy photo files to iCloud Drive from any Mac, iOS device, or Windows PC you’ve set up to use iCloud Drive, and then import the photo files to your Mac from iCloud Drive. For more information about iCloud Drive, see Store documents with iCloud Drive.

Import from a card reader or SD card

Some Mac computers have built-in SD card slots. If yours doesn’t, you can connect a device called a card reader that is compatible with your Mac and use it to import photos from a memory card, such as an SD or Compact Flash card.

  1. Insert the card into your computer’s SD card slot, or connect a card reader to your computer and insert the card into it.

  2. In Photos, choose File > Import. Select the photos or videos you want and click Review for Import.

  3. If you selected multiple photos or videos, do one of the following:

    • Import all new photos: Click Import All New Photos.

    • Import a selection of photos: Click the photos you want to import, then click Import Selected.

    If a message asks whether you want to delete or keep the photos on your card after importing them, click Delete Items or Keep Items.

    Photos then imports your photos and videos. To cancel importing, click Stop Import.

  4. When all photos have been imported, eject the card from your computer or card reader.

Imported photos appear in the Imports and Photos albums in the sidebar.

Some card readers may not be compatible with Photos. For more information, check with the device’s manufacturer.