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A Good-to-Know Fact: Where Are Photos Stored on Mac

By Xyla, Last updated: June 28, 2019

The Photo application that you have on your Mac is the one that actually manages all of your images that can be found with the application. This also includes those photos that you have got from your iPhone device or from a memory card and was transferred over to your Photo application on your Mac.

And with all that, there are actually a lot of Mac users who are wondering about where are photos stored on Mac. That is why in this article, we are going to show you on how you can actually find image files that are in your Photo application on your Mac. However, if you are not using the Photo application on your Mac, then it is more likely to use the Finder app for you to locate your photos.

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Photos that you have on your Mac is actually considered to be one of the largest files that you have and eats up a lot of your storage space. And as you know, running out of space means that you will then eventually experience your Mac running slow, lagging, and other issues that you might encounter. So if necessary, you can go ahead and remove other photos that you think you no longer need. And we are also going to show that to you.

Part 1: How to Access Photos File Location on Mac

You will be able to find your photos image file on your Mac if you are going to go through this location path:

~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary/

As you can see, there is a tilde icon before the wherein this will show your home directory. You have to see to it that you indicate this sign for you to be able to go to your directory.

Part 2: Finding Out Where Are Photos Stored on Mac

Now, if you are going to go to where your photos are stored on your Mac manually, then you can go ahead and make use of Finder. All you have to do is to follow the steps that we provided below.

Step 1: Go ahead and launch the Finder application on your Mac OS.

Step 2: Once that you are in Finder, go and head to your home directory. The location of which will be shown above and that you will be needing to have it verified. That means not to forget the tilde icon.

Step 3: After that, go ahead and click on “Pictures”.

Step 4: Then, go ahead and look for the file that has the name “Photos Library.photoslibrary”.

Step 5: Once that you have located the file, go ahead and right-click on it and then choose “Show Package Content”. You can also just press the keys Command + Click and then look for “Show Package Content” from the pop-up menu.

Step 6: After that, go ahead and look for a folder that has the name “Masters”. This is actually where you will be able to look for your image files that come in the Photos application package.
Where Are Photos Stored On Mac Photos Library

The Masters' folder that we have mentioned is the folder that actually contains directories of your photos. They are also sorted out in a subfolder by the date in year, month, and day. Those subfolders contain the images file that is made on that certain date.

And once that you have deleted a certain photo from the Masters' folder, then that image can no longer be seen or accessed in your Photos app. You can also go ahead and copy a certain file from the directory if you would want to have it edited.

The Masters' folder is actually made hidden because it not actually recommended to have it accessed. But, if you would still want to know where are photos stored on your Mac, then you can go ahead and go to the Masters' folder by following the steps given above.

You can also try to use the “Show Reference” option as an alternative function. This method will also open up your Finder application on your Mac and go to the directory folder.

Part 3: Identifying and Cleaning Up Similar Photos on Mac

As we all know, photos are the one that we actually keep on our devices for a long time. It is because many people would actually take photos of what their activities are and have them stored. However, there are instances that we might have taken or stored similar photos on your Mac and that is clearly eating up your storage space.

Photos that you have on your Mac are actually the ones that consume a larger amount of storage space on your Mac because they have the biggest file size. So in order for you to decrease the used space on your Mac, you should be able to remove all of the similar photos that you have.

We know this may take a while if you are going to do it manually. That is why we have made the most powerful tool that you can use for you to get the job done and remove all of the similar photos that you have on your Mac.

The tool that we are going to show you here is called the Fonedog PowerMyMac. This is a powerful tool that you can use for you to be able to find all of the similar photos that you have on your Mac the faster yet efficient way. Using this tool will only take you one click and you will be able to find and remove them.

The similar photo works just like the duplicate finder. The only difference between the two is that the duplicate finder can find any duplicate files that you have including the photo. While on the other hand, a similar photo can only find and remove those duplicate photos that you have on your Mac.

But still, using the FoneDog PowerMyMac will be able to help you in getting rid of those unwanted photos from your Mac and will be able to free up space. Aside from that, it will also be able to boost up the performance of your Mac.

To know how the FoneDog PowerMyMac works in finding your similar photos, we have here a step by step method that you can easily follow.

Step 1: Download and Install the PowerMyMac by FoneDog

Fist, go to our official website at www.fonedog.com and then download the PowerMyMac. After completing the download, you can then go ahead and install it on your Mac.

Step 2: Open Up PowerMyMac

After installing the FoneDog PowerMyMac, you can now go ahead and have it run on your Mac. And as you can see on the main interface, your Mac’s system status is shown. This is the part wherein you will be able to see what is taking up your Mac, and how much space you have left on your RAM, Disk, and your Memory. And with that, you will be able to manage your Mac.
Status

Step 3: Choose a Cleaner Module

Also on the main interface of the FoneDog PowerMyMac, there are three different modules that you can choose from. One is the “Status” where you were able to see your Mac’s system status and serves as your performance monitor. The other one is Cleaner. And lastly, the Toolkit.

From those three modules that you see, go ahead and choose Cleaner for you to start on cleaning up your Mac.
Clean

Step 4: Select Similar Photo Option

Once that you have selected the Cleaner module, the FoneDog PowerMyMac will then show you a list of options that you can use under the Cleaner module. From that list of options, just go ahead and select the Similar Photo so you can start finding and removing all of the similar photos that you have on your Mac.
Similar

Step 5: Scan Your Mac for Photos

After choosing an option, the FoneDog PowerMyMac will then ask you to run a scan. This is the process wherein the FoneDog PowerMyMac will look for all the similar photos that you have stored on your Mac. So, for you to start scanning, just go ahead and hit on the Scan button. Then, wait for the scanning process to finish up the process.
Similar Scanning

Step 6: View the Result Once Complete

Then once that you see a full circle on the left side of your screen, then that means you can view the result of the scanning process. In order for you to do, all you need to do is to click on the View button at the bottom of your screen. Or, you can also run a re-scan if necessary.
Similar Scan Done

Step 7: Select All the Similar Photos On Mac

From the viewing page of the program, you will then be able to see all the similar photos that you have on your Mac. On the left side of your screen, you will be able to find the photos that have a similar copy. And once that you click on it, it will then show you its similar copy. All you have to do from here is to mark down all of the similar photos that you would want to remove from your Mac.
Similar Watch

Step 8: Clean Up Your Similar Photos

Once that you have chosen all of the similar photos that you would want to remove from your Mac, then it is time for you to remove them completely from your device. So all you have to do from here is to click on the Clean button located at the bottom right corner of your screen.
Similar Delete

Step 9: Confirm the Cleaning Process

After clicking on the Clean button, a pop-up box will then appear on your screen. That means that the FoneDog PowerMyMac is asking for your confirmation to remove all of the selected photos. So, to proceed with the cleaning process. All you have to do is to click on the Confirm button and the cleaning process will start. All you have to do now is to wait until the process is complete.

So there you have it. All of the similar photos that you have on your Mac is completely gone. See how fast and easy that is? Now, you will be able to have more space on your Mac for you to store new photos or files.

Aside from that, you can also use the FoneDog PowerMyMac for you to clean up all of the files that you no longer need on your Mac. This way, you will be able to have more space. And at the same time, your Mac’s performance will be much better. No more manual process of removing your similar photos and other files that you no longer need. Because with just the FoneDog PowerMyMac, you will be able to do all of the cleaning processes with just a click of a button.

Part 4: Conclusion

As you were able to see, finding out where are photos stored on your Mac is very easy. All you will be needing to do is to follow the steps that we have provided above and you will be able to know where your photos are. That way, you will be able to know where you will be able to find them in case you might need to check some photos in the future.

And just a reminder, make sure that you do not delete any photos from where your photos are stored in your Mac. Because once that you do, that photo will no longer be available. Not unless you are really trying to remove them from your Mac’s system.

Also, you can go ahead and make use of the FoneDog PowerMyMac for you to remove all of the unwanted photos, files, or uninstall applications that you no longer use. The FoneDog PowerMyMac is one great powerful tool that you can use for you to manage and optimize your Mac. The FoneDog PowerMyMac is an all-in-one Mac application that you must have.

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