How to Find and Delete Duplicate Photos on Mac Easily: 3 Ways

Rosa Reyes
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If you shot a lot and have the habit of storing and managing photos on your Mac, duplicate photos may have accumulated on your Mac over time. Duplicate photos take up storage space and make viewing photos less enjoyable. Don’t worry. This article will show you how to find and how to delete duplicate photos on Mac easily and quickly.


Benefits and drawbacks of 3 methods in this article:

  Benefits Drawbacks
Method 1

1. Let you search for duplicates in a specific folder/Photos app/entire Mac.

2. Find similar images with custom similarity.

3. Automatically select all but one for deletion in each set of duplicate photos.

4. Offer selection rules to help you mass select duplicates to delete.

5. Let you select by hand too.

6. Easy to get back photos deleted by mistake.

1. Not compatible with macOS 10.10 or earlier
Method 2

1. Find duplicate photos in Mac Photos app.

2. Delete all copies and keep the original one.

3. Built-in Mac feature.

1. It will keep the original photo and delete all others, so often my edited photos are removed.

2. Only macOS Venture has this feature.

Method 3

1. Help you manually delete duplicate photos in Mac folders.

2. Built-in Mac feature.

3. This method works on all Mac versions.

1. It’s difficult to find all duplicates on Mac manually because they’re scattered in different folders/albums.

2. The process is time-consuming.

Method 1. How to quickly find and delete duplicate photos on Mac with duplicate photo finder

This method uses a duplicate photo finder and remover app called Cisdem Duplicate Finder. In addition to duplicate photos (which are exactly the same regardless of name), this app can find the lower resolution version(s) of a photo, the compressed version(s) of a photo, the same photo in a different format, very similar photos and other similar photos (such as edited ones), helping you easily get rid of redundant photo copies, burst mode pictures and more.

It also finds other types of duplicates on Mac: videos, audios, documents and archives, etc.

Below are the steps to delete duplicate photos on Mac in the easiest way.

1. Download and install Cisdem Duplicate Finder on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or Mac mini. Open it.

Free Download

2. To scan the Photos app or a folder for duplicate photos, add the Photos library or folder.

scan the Photos library for duplicate photos

3. Click Scan.

4. When the scan is complete, the results window will display all the duplicate photos found on your Mac. It lets you compare the duplicates side by side.

the result window

Get detailed information (including date created, size, resolution, tag, path) of the images via toggling the preview mode.

preview mode

5. Select all the unwanted duplicate photos, via the auto selection, or a selection rule, or manual selection.

selection rules

6. Click Delete to remove all the selected duplicate photos.

The duplicates removed from the Photos app will go to the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app and stay there for a month. To permanently eliminate them right away, you can click Delete All in Recently Deleted. The duplicate photos removed from folders will go to Trash.

Tip: Near duplicate photos on Mac show up under Similar Image tab

In addition to exact duplicate photos, you may have some near duplicate photos on your Mac: similar pictures with different resolutions, sizes or formats, pictures taken from different angles, distances or exposures, and edited photos, etc. You can enable or disable the Similar Image function from the Settings. It also allows you to customize the similarity.


similar images

Method 2. How to find and remove duplicate photos on Mac with the Duplicates album

Applies to: macOS 13 Ventura only

With the release of macOS Ventura and the release of iOS 16, the duplicate detection feature finally comes to Apple Photos. If your Mac is running macOS 13 Ventura, then you can use the new duplicate detection feature built in to the Photos app to automatically find duplicate photos on Mac and then delete or merge them.

The Photos app in macOS Ventura has a Duplicates album. Clicking the album will display all the duplicate photos found in your Photos library, which can take a long time to display. In addition to exact duplicates, it finds identical photos that have different metadata, resolutions, or formats. It also detects very similar photos.

You have two ways to handle the detected duplicates: merging or deleting.

  • There is a Merge option for each set of duplicate photos. Clicking the Merge option will automatically keep one photo and delete the rest photo(s) of this set. In addition, the data (such as titles and captions) you added to photos of this set will be merged into the kept photo.
  • Or, in a set of duplicates, you decide which one(s) to delete and then delete manually. This manual removal option lets you take control and is more recommended.

Either way, the deleted duplicate photos go to the Recently Deleted album.

Below are the steps.

1. On your Mac computer running macOS Ventura, open the Photos app.

2. Open the Duplicates album by clicking Duplicates in the sidebar.

clicking Duplicates in the sidebar

3. Now you can easily view the duplicate photos detected in the Photos library.

4. To delete duplicate photos on Mac, click the Merge option or delete by hand.

delete duplicate photos on Mac by merging or deleting

If Mac Photos’ Duplicates album is not showing, try these fixes.

Method 3. Manually find and remove duplicate photos on Mac for free via Smart Folder

Applies to: All macOS versions

Unlike the previous two methods, this one doesn’t handle the duplicates in Mac’s Photos app. This method only deals with the duplicate photos in folders on Mac.

On Mac, Smart Folder is a special folder that automatically gathers files based on specified criteria. This feature helps to find duplicate photos on Mac. You can set multiple criteria. Smart folder will automatically update to show all files that match your criteria and help you find duplicates easily. For example:

  • Images in specific format: PNG, JPEG, RAW, etc.
  • Images containing a particular keyword in the file name
  • Images creation date, modification date, or last opened date fit within a specific time range

Below are steps:

1. Open Finder on your Mac.

2. Go to the folder in which you want to search for duplicate pictures, such as Downloads, Pictures.

3. Click on File > New Smart Folder.

new smart folder

4. Click the plus button below the search field. Add your search criteria.

Such as: Kind is Image, is JPEG. You are able to add more than one criteria. Just click the plus button again.

add criteria

5. From the View menu at the top of the screen, choose the as Cover Flow option. This allows you to view images with horizontal scrolling.

6. Click on View > Arrange by to arrange photos by Size or Name.

cover flow

7. Browse through the photos and identify the duplicates by visually comparing photos and checking photo information. To view the detailed information about a picture, right-click on it and select Get Info.

identify duplicates

8. Select one or multiple redundant duplicate photos, control-click and choose Move to Trash.

You can save or delete the Smart Folder after the duplicates are removed.


Can Mac’s Photos find duplicates?

Apple Photos, or simply Photos, is a photo management app developed by Apple. It’s available on Mac and iPhone. Mac’s Photos app can detect exact duplicates during importing.

When it comes to duplicates that are already in your Photos library, Photos in macOS 12 Monterey or earlier can’t detect them, but Photos in macOS 13 Ventura can.

Can Mac’s Photos delete duplicates?

Photos on Mac lets you delete or merge (only in macOS 13 Ventura) the duplicate photos that are found manually or by the duplicate detection feature. It doesn’t delete for you, which is the right thing to do.

How do I remove duplicates from iPhoto?

iPhoto is the predecessor of the Photos app. If you have an iPhoto library filled with duplicates, you can import the library to the Photos app and then use the first two methods to get rid of duplicates in iPhoto.


Keeping your photo library free from duplicates brings a better browsing experience and makes it easier to organize photos. This article shows you how to delete duplicate photos on Mac in different ways in different macOS versions (such as macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, etc.). You can quickly remove duplicates all at once, easily mass delete multiple duplicates, or handle them one by one.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • Dirk Maxeiner

    I tried. The application is wonderful. Find duplicate files, pictures, archives and more. THANK YOU!

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  • Adrian

    Thank you for the instructions! They are easy to understand. I followed the steps and it worked. The duplicates are gone.

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