How to Delete and Recover Multiple Photos on Your Mac

How to Delete and Recover Multiple Photos on Your Mac Easily

Want to delete unnecessary image files and recover treasured ones? This article shows you how to quickly and safely delete multiple photos from your Mac.

Jul 20, 2020 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions

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Having duplicate photos on your Mac is common, and the best thing to do is delete the duplicates, organize your computer and save valuable disk space. Deleting such files and recovering important lost photos is a process that you should be familiar with. This article shows you how to delete multiple photos from your Mac with ease.

Part 1 – How to Delete Multiple Photos on your Mac

When you delete a photo from your Mac, it is also deleted from any synced device and cloud storage such as iCloud. You have 30 days in which to recover the photo, otherwise, it will be gone forever. Get to know how to delete single and multiple photos from your Mac.

Where are photos stored on Mac?

All photos are stored in the “Masters” directory which you can access using the “Go to Folder” command:
~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary/Masters/

If you want to manually navigate to the folder, here are the steps to follow:

Step 1 - Navigate to the "Pictures" folder in the Finder.

Step 2 - Access the file labeled “Photos Library photoslibrary”

Step 3 - Right-click on this file and select the “Show Package Contents” option

Step 4 - Navigate to the folder named “Masters” and get the image files shown in your Photos app.

the masters folder for images

How to Delete One Photo on Mac

At times you simply want to delete a single photo and not a full album or collection. Here is how you go about it.

Method 1 – Delete photo using Finder

Step 1 - Access the Masters folder as shown in the steps above.

Step 2 - Here you will find the photos arranged by date (day, month or year). Each folder has images grouped according to the date they were added to the collection.

Step 3 - Access the folder that you want, and then click on the images to see their previews.

Step 4 - Select the image that you want to delete and click on “Delete”.

Method 2 – Delete Photos using the Photo App

Step 1 - Launch the “Photos App” and you will be able to see preview thumbnails of all the photos on your Mac.

Step 2 - Select the picture that you want to delete

Step 3 - Right-click on the image and click “Delete”. You may also hit the “Delete” key on your keyboard or click on “Cmd + Delete” to delete the picture forever.

find photos using the photos app

How to delete multiple photos on Mac at once

The best way to delete multiple photos on a Mac at the same time is to use the "Photos" app.

Step 1 - Launch the "Photos" app to see all photos that are in your Masters directory

Step 2 - Select the photos that you want to delete. You can easily do this by pressing the Command key as you select multiple files.

Step 3 - Once you are happy with the selection you have made, right-click on any one of them and then hit Delete. You may also tap the delete key on your keyboard.

Step 4 - If you want them deleted without going through the “Trash” folder, simply hit “Shift + Delete”.

NOTE: Once you delete a photo from the Masters folder, you will not be able to access it from the Photos App. If you want to delete a single photo, it is advisable to make a copy of the folder in another location on the Mac.


Part 2 - How to Mass Delete Pictures from Album on Mac

At times, you want to delete a bunch of pictures from an album on Mac. Here is how to go about it:

What’s an album on Mac?

Mac stores photos on albums that are categorized according to date when the pictures were added. This is so you can easily access the photos using the “Photos” app. Having pictures in these albums also allows you to easily sync them across multiple devices using iCloud.

How to Delete an Album on Photos App for Mac

The best way to delete an album from your Mac is to use the "Finder" app.

Step 1 - Click on “Go to Folder” on the Finder, and then type ~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary/Masters/ Alternatively, you can navigate to the “Pictures” folder, where you will find the file named “Photos Library photoslibrary”

Step 2 - Now right-click on this file followed by “Show Package Contents”.

Step 3 - Go to the “Masters” folder where you will find all your albums neatly arranged according to date.

Step 4 - Search for the particular album that you want to delete, select it and then hit the “Delete” key on your keyboard. You may also right-click on the album and select Delete. Use the “Shift + Delete” combo keys to delete the album without sending it to the “Trash” folder.

selecting albums on a mac using finder

You can also delete an album on Mac using the “Photos” app.

Step 1 - Launch the “Photos “app and select the album that you want to delete from the left bar on your screen.

Step 2 - Right-click or Ctrl + Click on the desired album

Step 3 - From the menu, click on "Delete'.

Step 4 - The album will instantly be moved to the “Trash”.

Step 5 - You may also use “Shift + Delete" to remove the album without passing the "Trash" folder.

delete photo album on a mac using photos app


Part 3 - How to Recover Recently Deleted Photos on Mac

What do you do when you accidentally delete important photos from your Mac? Here are the simple steps to follow when you want to recover recently deleted photos from MacBook Air.

Reasons for getting recently deleted photos back.

Recover recently deleted photos on Mac

After deleting photos from your Mac, they are sent to the “Trash” bin, and you can quickly recover them before they are deleted from that folder.

A Mac comes with the feature of accessing recently deleted files, which keeps the files for 30 days before removing them.

This built-in feature will assist in finding and recovering the deleted photos.

Step 1 - Click on File and navigate down to the "Show Recently Deleted". Click on it to access the "Recently Deleted" album.

how to navigate to the recently deleted folder

Step 2 - Now check for the recently deleted photos, right-click on them and then click on “Restore”.

NOTE:

When your mac is low on storage space, one of the first places where files are automatically dumped from is the "Trash" bin and "Recently Deleted" Album. You will be unable to recover the recently deleted photos if you accidentally empty the “Trash” bin. Always check the files before emptying the bin.


Part 4 - How to recover Permanently Deleted Pictures on Mac

When your photos are permanently deleted from your hard drive, you can still recover them if you do not save anything on your computer after the deletion. The files are still available until they are overwritten by other files that you may save.

Recoverit Mac Data Recovery is a powerful tool that can scan your hard drive for these photo files and help you recover them with ease.

Features of Recoverit Mac Data recovery

Here is a list of some of the powerful features of Recoverit Mac Data recovery:

A step-by-step guide to recover permanently deleted photos using Recoverit Mac Data Recovery

Step 1 - Select the drive to recover photos from

Launch Recoverit Mac Data recovery and then go to the “Recovery” tab. Now select the location where your deleted photos were located.

choose the location of deleted photos

Step 2 - Scan hard drive to find deleted pictures

Click on the "Scan "button and Recoverit Mac Data Recovery will begin scanning the selected location for any deleted photos. You may also select a deep scan to get files hidden deeper in your drive. Wait for the scan to be completed.

scan the location for deleted photos

Step 3 - Preview and recover photos from your Mac

After the completion of the scan, you will be presented with thumbnail previews of the recovered photos. Select the photos that you want and then click on "Recover" and save them on the Mac. Make sure that you save them to a different location to avoid the corruption of the files.

preview and save recovered photos


Part 5 - Bonus Tips for Deleting and Recovering Photos

Advantages of deleting photos on Mac

You may be having low space on your computer or too many duplicate images. This makes your computer Mac work slower and makes it cumbersome to get an image that you want. Deleting unnecessary images from your Mac streamlines its performance and also helps you organize your images with ease.

Tips for deleting multiple pictures on Mac

Always ensure that your images are well placed in albums, even if you store them away from your "Masters" folder. This way you can easily access them and delete multiple images when you no longer need them

Tips for recovering important photos

Make sure that you always check your “Trash” bin before your empty it. You should always use the “Recently Deleted” feature in Mac to recover important images within 30 days.

Install and use Recoverit Mac Data Recovery to recover your deleted photos with ease, so you do not lose them forever.

Closing Words

Organizing photos on your Mac requires that you delete unnecessary ones and keep those which are important. In case you delete important files by mistake, the steps above will help you recover them easily. Always use Recoverit Mac Data Recovery to reclaim permanently deleted photos to your Mac.

Sue Wayne

staff Editor

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