About the iPod Photo Cache folder

When you use iTunes to sync photos to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, iTunes creates a folder called iPod Photo Cache. This folder stores photos that are optimized for display on your device.

If you need to free up space on your hard drive, you can remove the iPod Photo Cache folder. Deleting this folder won't remove the original images from your library, and the folder will be recreated the next time you sync photos with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

The location of this folder depends on the syncing options you select in iTunes. In iTunes, if you change the selection in the Sync Photos From menu, a new iPod Photo Cache folder will be created (and the previous folder will remain).

Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture

If you're syncing from a Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture library, use the steps below to find the iPod Photo Cache folder in its default location:

  1. From Finder, choose Go > Home from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen. If you moved your Photos Library, iPhoto Library, or Aperture Library to a different location, go to that location instead.
  2. Open the Pictures folder and locate the Photos Library, iPhoto Library, or Aperture Library file.
  3. Control- or right-click the file, and then choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  4. In the window that opens, click on and drag the iPod Photo Cache folder to the Trash.
    Don't remove or modify any other file within the library package. Removing or modifying other files might cause data loss.
  5. Close the window.

Adobe Photoshop Elements for Windows

The iPod Photo Cache will be in your Catalogs folder. The location of your Catalogs folder will vary depending on which version of Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 or later or Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later you're using. The default location is in this Adobe article in the "Catalog differences between versions" section.

From a Folder on Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10

The iPod Photo Cache will be in the folder you selected to sync with.

Learn more

  • The iPod Photo Cache folder can be larger than the size of the photos being synced.
  • The size of the iPod Photo Cache might vary depending on the device being synced. The higher resolution a device is, the larger the iPod Photo Cache will be.
  • If you're syncing with multiple devices, your iPod Cache might contain multiple optimizations of the same images.
  • Learn more about how to sync photos in iTunes.

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