Using Photos for Mac

It used to be that importing photos into a photo application was a big pain. Every different source of the photographs—hard drives, digital cameras, mobile phones—seemed to have a different, complex import process. With the latest version of Photos, Apple has simplified importing and, at least as far as devices go, after you know how to import from one source, you know how to import from the others.


Migrating an iPhoto or Aperture Library to Photos for Mac

If you have previously used iPhoto or Aperture and are switching to Photos, you need to know how to migrate your photo library into Photos.


Migrate a Library to Photos

  1. After launching Photos for the first time, click the Get Started button to open the Choose Library screen.
  2. From the list of iPhoto and Aperture libraries, select the one you want to migrate into Photos.
  3. Click the blue Choose Library button to open the Preparing Library screen that lets you know how much more of your old library needs to be migrated. This could take as little as a few minutes to over an hour depending on the size of your library. When it’s complete you’ll be taken right to the new Photos app.