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How to Find and Remove Duplicate Photos or Pictures on Mac?

2016-06-30 02:30:15 / Posted byRosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

“What is the best way to remove duplicate photos on Mac? I find that Photos has no tools to detect duplicates automatically, once photos are in the library. It only scans for duplicates when I am importing new photos. And there are some duplicate pictures scattering around my Mac which are not imported to Photos Library; how can I find and remove these duplicate photos or pictures on Mac? Thanks in advance.”

I got this question from readers twice in one day last week, so I thought a blog post was in order. It is very common to transfer the same pictures, for example from your iPhone, twice by mistake. This leads to duplicated albums and photos in your Mac. Finding those duplicate pictures and deleting them can be a real nightmare. Luckily, there are some great duplicate photo cleaners to clean this up and get better organized. So in order to free up Mac space and get your pictures well-organized, here we will show you how to remove duplicate photos on Mac.

Find and remove duplicate photos&pictures on Mac

I've tried a lot of duplicate photo finders over the years, and my current favorite is Cisdem DuplicateFinder for Mac. It's simple, and it does a very good job of finding all unnecessary duplicate files like photos, videos on your Mac and removing them safely in a click. Removing unneeded duplicate files helps you recover gigabytes of disk space. 

Quick look:

  • Scan several folders in one go. Cisdem DuplicateFinder allows you to add one or more folders to scan for duplicates.
  • High scanning speed. It scans folders for duplicates with high speed; this will save you much precious time.
  • Scan duplicate files including photos, videos, music, documents, archives, package, etc.
  • iTunes & iPhoto Support. It can remove duplicates from your music and photo libraries too.
  • Filter and preview duplicates. It will classify duplicates into 7 categories and show details of scanned files, duplicate files and storage space.
  • Select all duplicates with one click. It supports one-click auto selection/deselection of all duplicates at ease.
  • Two options to delete duplicates. By default, it allows you to delete duplicate files permanently, but you can change the app setting to move duplicate files to Trash so that you can restore the deleted duplicates.

You can download free trial of Cisdem DuplicateFinder and follow below steps to find and remove duplicate photos on Mac.

Steps to find and remove Mac duplicate pictures and photos

  1. Add folders to scan duplicate photos. Install and launch Cisdem DuplicateFinder on your Mac and then you need to select a folder or several folders to scan duplicate photos or pictures. Here you can add folders like Photos library folder which may contain many duplicate photos to scan. There are two ways to do that:
    Click the cross on the left and choose a folder or multiple folders there.
    Drop the folders that you want to scan into the app.If you just want to filter scanning duplicate files in the selected folder or have specific criteria about the scanning, please click the gear like button on the top right corner for advanced settings. You also can change the default option to delete duplicate files.
  2. Scan Photos folder and show duplicates results. Click “Scan” to scan duplicate photos. After Cisdem DuplicateFinder finishes scanning, it will show the numbers of files scanned, duplicates found, etc. Then click “Show Results” to preview the detailed information of duplicates. In this case, you will see how much space your duplicate photos take up.
  3. Preview and remove duplicate photos on Mac. go to “All” on the menu bar, all duplicate photos will be listed on the left column. You can preview each duplicate photo to decide which one to hide or delete. Then select the duplicates you want to remove or click “Select All” to check all duplicates, then click “Delete” to remove them to Trash or delete them permanently, this depends on the advanced settings.

Cisdem Duplicate Finder ensures 100% accuracy and it won’t cause any accidental deletion, so just feel free to delete all your duplicate photos on Mac. With this duplicate file finder, you’ll never worry about duplicates like photos cluttering up your Mac.


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2 Responses

  • Jace

    In awe of that anwsre! Really cool!

    11 months ago REPLY
  • Cody134

    Finding duplicate pictures manually can be very tedious, thank Cisdem duplicate finder, i can remove duplicate photos on Mac with one click.

    1 years ago REPLY

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