How do I select and delete photos on Mac?

Answered by Willian Lymon

To select and delete photos on a Mac, you can use the Photos app, which is a built-in application that allows you to manage and organize your photo library. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. Launch the Photos app: Open the Applications folder on your Mac, then click on the Photos app icon to launch it.

2. Navigate to your photo library: Once the Photos app is open, you will see different options in the sidebar on the left. Click on the “Photos” tab to view all the photos in your library.

3. Select the photos you want to delete: To select multiple photos, you can hold down the Command key on your keyboard and click on each photo you want to delete. Alternatively, you can click and drag your cursor to select a range of photos. If you want to select all the photos, press Command + A.

4. Delete the selected photos: Once you have selected the photos you want to delete, right-click on any of the selected images. A drop-down menu will appear, and you can choose the “Delete X Photos” option, where X represents the number of selected photos. Alternatively, you can also press the Delete key on your keyboard.

5. Confirm the deletion: A confirmation dialog box will appear, asking if you want to delete the selected photos. You can choose to “Delete Photos” or “Cancel” if you change your mind. Note that deleted photos will be moved to the “Recently Deleted” folder and will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

6. Empty the “Recently Deleted” folder (optional): If you want to remove the deleted photos immediately, you can go to the “Recently Deleted” folder in the sidebar and click on the “Delete All” button at the top right corner. This will permanently remove the photos from your library.

It’s important to note that deleting photos from your Mac’s Photos app will also remove them from your iCloud Photo Library if it’s enabled. If you want to free up storage space on your Mac or iCloud, deleting unwanted photos is a good way to do it.

Remember to always double-check the photos you are deleting to avoid accidentally deleting any important or irreplaceable images. It might be a good idea to create a backup of your photo library before deleting any photos, just to be safe.

I hope this detailed guide helps you select and delete photos from your Mac’s Photos library. If you have any further questions or need assistance with any other topic, feel free to ask.