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How to Delete Duplicates from Photos or iPhoto

2016-07-06 21:16:54 / Posted byRosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

If you have extensively used your Photos app or iPhoto and have stored thousands of pictures in it then there are chances that your iPhoto or Photos library may get out of hand with thousands of photos, lots of duplicate items, and sometimes multiple copies of libraries and they are consuming your Mac disk space. How to remove all duplicates from Photos app or iPhoto so that your libraries have all the good stuff, but none of the duplicates?

Of course, you can scan every photo in your iPhoto or Photos collection and delete every duplicate manually, but that’s a trick. Because it is time consuming and will be very difficult to find and delete all duplicates if you have thousands of photos in your library. Here I will tell you an easy way to remove iPhoto or Photos duplicates fast.

Photo Collection is Consuming Your Mac Space

Before I show you the way to remove duplicate photos in iPhoto or Photos, it is important to know how much Mac disk space your photo collection is consuming; there is an easy way to figure it out. Just open Finder and right-click the Pictures folder under Favorites, choosing Get Info. A window will pop up with a number, which will reflect how much space your different photo libraries like iPhoto or Photos are consuming.

You can write down this number or capture the screen. After you use the below efficient way to remove all duplicates from photo libraries, use the same way to write down that number again. Comparing the two numbers, you will know how much space your duplicate photos are consuming and how much disk space are released.

Remove duplicates in iPhoto or Photos easily

In order to quickly remove duplicates from iPhoto or Photos libraries and free up Mac disk space, we have to turn to one of the best duplicate photo remover - Cisdem DuplicateFinder for Mac. It helps you to manage and organize your photo collection effectively by finding all unnecessary duplicate photos on your Mac and removing them safely in a click. It uses the most advanced scanning technology - MD5 value checksum algorithm, which accurately detects the identical files regardless of name and displays them in an easy to understand report.

Cisdem DuplicateFinder not only helps you remove duplicates in iPhoto or Photos, but it also can find and remove duplicate music, archive, documents, videos, package, etc on Mac or from other storage devices like external hard drive, digital camera. It also supports excluding certain folders that you don’t want to be scanned. It is super easy to use; you can try it and see our customer Sally's first impression on this duplicate finder below.

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Steps to remove duplicates in iPhoto or Photos app

  1. Add your Photos or iPhoto library folder. Install and launch Cisdem DuplicateFinder on Mac. Add Photos library folder or multiple iPhoto library folders by clicking cross button or directly dragging the folders to the app.
  2. Change app settings(Optional). Before scanning, you can click “Setting” at the bottom left for advanced settings, you can specify the size range of duplicate files or allow this app to remove duplicates to Trash or delete them permanently. These flexible scanning settings help you to find duplicate files at ease. Click “OK” to confirm your choice.
  3. Scan your iPhoto or Photos library folders. After you add the iPhoto library or Photos library folder to the app, then click on the "Scan" to start the process. If you need to end it, then please click “stop”. And this duplicate finder will also show you the duplicates found in the meantime.
  4. Show and preview all duplicate photos. In order to find all duplicates, so you’d better let this duplicate finder to finish its scanning process. After scanning, this duplicate finder will show the number of duplicate photo files and the space they take up. Click "Show Results", and it will show duplicates in easy to understand pie chart and classify duplicates into 7 categories. If your photo folders only contain duplicate photos, just click “All” or “Images” in the tab view to preview every duplicate photo.
  5. Delete all duplicate photos from Photos or iPhoto. Choose all duplicate photos by clicking “Select All” and then hit “Delete” button on the lower right corner to remove all duplicates from your iPhoto or Photos library folders. Then all duplicates are gone. If you’re into photography and use iPhoto or Photos a lot, this is the fastest way to clean up your library.

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3 Responses

  • victor

    is this finder not able to working on photo library on external drive? i can't select the photo library folder which i have stored on an external drive.

    2 months ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Hi, victor, we apologize for any inconvenience to you. And this finder is able to find and remove duplicates from photo library folder on external drives. If you can't click "Add" button to select the folder, just drag and drop the folder to the app. This can solve your problem.

    2 months ago REPLY
  • Sagar

    Hats off to wheeovr wrote this up and posted it.

    1 years ago REPLY

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