How to Delete Photos on Mac from Photos App

Rosa Reyes
Updated on April 07, 2019 Preview 3.6K Preview 0
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A large number of photos that stored on your Mac could mean gigs and gigs of storage space. When your Mac is running out of space, you can use a duplicate photo finder for Mac software to delete photos to get much space. In this article, I will show you how to delete photos on Mac and recover permanently deleted photos.


How to Delete Multiple Photos on Mac

  1. Open the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click an album like All Photos and People under “Albums”. Then all photos will be listed at the right column. Select the photos you wish to delete in the selected album.
    If you want to delete multiple photos in the album, just press Command and click the photos to select them.
    If you want to delete all photos in this album, press “Command” and “A” to select all.
  3. Press Command and Delete keys at the same time on your keyboard to delete the photos. You can also right-click the selected photos and choose “Delete * Photos” to delete photos on Mac. Click “Delete” to confirm.

How to Delete an Entire Album in Photos for Mac

You can also delete an album that contains many photos. This way will definitely delete all photos that grouped into the album. And the album you deleted will no longer appear in your sidebar.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click on the album you would like to delete.
  3. Right-click the album and choose “Delete Album”. And click “Delete” to confirm.

How to Permanently Delete Photos on Mac in Photos

Deleted photos from albums in Photos are moved to the Recently Deleted album and they remain in there for the number of days shown. You can choose to either restore the deleted photos into your Photos albums or delete them permanently on Mac.

  1. Go to Recently Deleted album, click each photo to select. You can select all photos by pressing Command and A keys at the same time.
  2. Click the "Delete # Items" button to delete selected photos.
  3. Then you will see a message warning you that you are going to permanently delete the selected photos and this action cannot be undone. Click OK to permanently delete photos on Mac.

How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Photos on Mac

If you accidentally delete photos on Mac from Photos albums, there are two methods for you to recover deleted photos on Mac.

Method 1. Restore from Recently Deleted album

  1. Open Photos app on Mac, and click Recently Deleted album.
  2. And you will see the remaining days before deletion under each photo.
  3. Select the photos you want to restore and hit “Recover” button. Then the photos will be moved to its original album. This method only recovers photos that were deleted in less than 30 days.

Method 2. Recover deleted photos by using data recovery software

If permanently delete photos on Mac, you can’t use above method to recover them. Fortunately, as long as your deleted photos have not been overwritten by new ones, you can use a piece of Mac data recovery software like Cisdem Data Recovery to get them back on Mac.

Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac allows you to recover deleted or lost photos, videos, music, documents, archives and other files under different data loss situations from Mac hard drives, external hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, iPods, etc. Try it for free now and follow below steps to recover deleted photos on Mac.

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Step 1. After installing, open Cisdem Data Recovery on Mac and choose scan mode. If you just deleted photos from Mac or Photos app, choose Quick Scan. If this mode can’t find the photos you want, try Deep Scan. Here I choose Deep Scan as an example.

Step 2. Choose the hard drive which you deleted photos from. If you only want to recover photos, just change “Universal” to “Media”. And click the gear like icon to unselect audio and video formats. This saves you much time. Then click “Scan” to continue.

Step 3. After scanning, highlight each photo to preview it. Then choose the photos you want to recover and hit “Recover” button. And choose a location to store the recovered photos on Mac.

In all, it’s very easy to delete photos on Mac. And it is also a piece of cake to use Cisdem Data Recovery to recover accidentally deleted photos. Try it now and recover the deleted files you are eager to get back.

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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