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  1. Hans
    December 21, 2015

    Thanks. But….
    How to save photos from iPhone/iPad to computer without Photos app?
    Just to store them on the harddisk?
    Using mail or an app for bulkmail is’nt very handy and very slow.
    And I don’t want to use iCloud.
    Is there a handy solution?

    • Tom
      December 21, 2015

      Hans, I use the Preview App on my Mac to save a copy of photos from my iOS devices. I do this first, saving to a removable drive (twice of course! redundancy in case 1 hdd goes bad). Then I import the same photos into the iPhoto or Photos apps and after import is complete, you should be prompted by iPhoto or Photos to delete images…answer “Y”
      Of course you could also import into Photos from the hdd that was used with Preview and then remove the images manually using Preview…this is a bit more tricky though. Hope this helps.

      Great article Paul, Thanks!

      • kevin
        December 21, 2015

        I use Image Capture for copying from iPhone and memory cards to the Mac, I like to manually manage my pictures and don’t want the Photos management. But, Photos is easy, I tell most people to use it.

    • Paul
      December 21, 2015

      You can use Image Capture or Preview as the other commenters suggested, they will import pictures directly from the iPhone and iPad to the Mac. Similar options are available in Windows too. This should be helpful:


  2. Rodney
    December 21, 2015

    What about if you are using iCloud Photo Library?

    Sometimes I would like to delete a bunch of photos from my iPhone or iPad but keep them in the Photos app on my Mac. If I delete them on my iPhone or iPad the photos on my Mac get deleted too.

    How do I delete photos from the iPhone without also losing them on my Mac if I am syncing with iCloud Photo Library?


    • Sam
      December 21, 2015

      I don’t think anyone understands iCloud Photo Library, it’s so unreliable and weird. 1000 of your most recent photos…. deletes the old ones… downloads them to take up space on everything you have… total mess. iCloud should store all photos at full resolution for free with iPhone purchase, and you should be able to retrieve them if you want them, through file access or Photos, like Dropbox. iCloud is such a mess, nobody gets it.

      • Hexalellogram
        December 21, 2015

        I have personally used iCloud Photo Library and I can confirm that iCloud does not delete any photos over the 1000 most recent. That feature is Photo Stram which is a separate service.

        I have 300GB of photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library and I have never experienced a hiccup or problem. Sure the upload was a bit slow, but then again it was uploading 300GB and I was expecting it to be slow.

      • wallac
        December 22, 2015

        But your 300GB of iCloud Photo Library photos are now in iCloud plus on the Mac plus on every other device and no iPhone can hold 300GB of Photos so it’s out of storage immediately. None of it makes sense. And this is different from Photo Stream, another service nobody knows or makes sense! iCloud is a mess that nobody can explain.

      • makemineamac
        December 25, 2015

        Incorrect. It does not take up the full resolution space on your iPhone or other iOS device if you have Optimize Photo Storage enabled. It only does that if you download the full resolution photo on your device.

  3. Rodney
    December 21, 2015

    I am using iCloud Photo Library to keep iPhone, iPad, and Mac Photos App all synchronized. If I delete a photo on IOS device it also gets deleted on my Mac.

    How do I get the Photos app to keep the photo on my Mac and not delete it if I delete in on my IOS devices?

    • BuffyzDead
      December 21, 2015

      You write:
      I am using iCloud Photo Library to keep iPhone, iPad, and Mac Photos App all synchronized.

      Then you write:
      How do I get the Photos app to keep the photo on my Mac and not delete it if I delete in on my IOS devices?

      That is an Oxymoron:
      synchronized but different on one device
      is an Oxymoron

  4. Rick Thalhammer
    December 21, 2015

    As a redundancy to Photo, which is not trustworthy in keeping all my photos, I will import from my camera to Photo as described in the article. (I then create an album on Photo to locate those photos; Events has no discernible ordering). Then I go to Pictures in Finder, and create an identically-titled album there. Back to Photo, go to the new album, select all the photos therein and drag them to the new album in Finder. The latter are independent of the Cloud; they reside on your hdd. If you delete from the Cloud, they will be there nevertheless. But back up your hdd. ūüėõ

  5. Win4Life
    December 21, 2015

    My Windows Server downloads the pictures automagically as soon as I take them, removes the Red eye, makes the chicks hot looking, tags them, scans them, and sends them to my 14 cloud backups all by itself.

    • wallace
      December 22, 2015

      Photos is a Mac application, it is not available for Windows.

  6. Hans
    December 22, 2015

    Thanks to all of you.
    I now use ImageCapture (I thought it was only for cameras.
    And in my camera is a SD card and the SD card fits in my Mac).
    Merry XMas.

  7. not overly impressed
    December 22, 2015

    I use dropbox. One big frustration with El Crapitan is that I no longer can automatically associate all picture files (i.e. *.JPG) with Photos. Every time I try to open a new file in Finder I have to “select an app” to open the JPG file with. Very frustrating. How do I permenantly fix that?

  8. OGenius
    December 27, 2015

    There is a beautiful app called Photosync which works seamlessly with Photos and let you back up your photos from your iPhone and iPad to many popular storage websites such as Flickr, Dropbox, Google Photos, and even Facebook, Box, 500 px, One Drive and so many more.

    You can even ask it to start automaticaly once you arrive at home the transfer from your iPhone/iPad to your Mac or PC ;)

  9. mojoron
    December 29, 2015

    Photo’s is horrible. Case in point: Take picture. It show’s up in Photo’s, great. Close Photo’s. Try to upload picture to Facebook from the website. NOT! The picture is not in Photo’s. You open Photo’s again. IT’S there. Try Facebook again, NOT!. You copy the picture to the desktop, open Facebook again, copy from desktop. Finished. I hate Photo’s.

    • Justme
      January 4, 2016


      The problem is not that Photos is horrible. It is Facebook. Why are you using it? Why do you need to upload pics there?

  10. Downunder
    April 11, 2016

    Photo browser background is anything but conducive to properly assessing photo quality. The background should be alterable, or permanently set to grey, like the menu bars. ( that’s probably why grey is not an option.)

  11. John Zehr
    September 15, 2017

    What’s the best way to store photos? There are so many options and they seem to be redundant.

    I’m not 100% sure I’m backing up everything, so I use…

    Amazon Drive
    Google Photos Backup and
    Google Drive and

    Crazy, huh?

    What do you recommend as the fastest, most foolproof system to make sure I’m 100% backed up, at least as far as images and music?

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