How to Transfer Photos to Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to transfer your photos from your device to your Mac? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Whether you want to back up your precious memories or simply free up space on your device, transferring photos to your Mac is a convenient and efficient solution. Let’s get started!

Gather Your Materials

Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • Your device (e.g. smartphone, camera) with the photos you want to transfer
  • A USB cable or an SD card reader
  • Your Mac computer

Connect Your Device

Connect your device to your Mac using a USB cable or insert the SD card into the card reader and connect it to your computer. Once connected, make sure your device is unlocked and trust the computer if prompted.

Open the Photos App

On your Mac, locate and open the Photos app. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for “Photos” using Spotlight.

Select Import

In the Photos app, click on “Import” in the top toolbar. This will open a new window where you can choose where to import your photos from.

Importing from a Device

If you connected a device directly to your Mac, it should appear under “Devices” in the left sidebar of the Import window. Click on it to view and select specific photos or choose “Import All New Photos” to import all available photos.

Note: If you don’t see your device listed, ensure that it is properly connected and unlocked.

Importing from an SD Card

If you inserted an SD card into a card reader, it should appear under “Locations” in the Import window. Click on it to access the photos on the SD card. Similar to importing from a device, you can select specific photos or choose “Import All New Photos”.

Choose Import Destination

After selecting the photos you want to import, choose the destination for your imported photos. You can create a new album, add them to an existing album, or simply import them into your Photos library.

Click Import

Once you have selected the import destination, click on the “Import Selected” or “Import All” button to begin transferring your photos to your Mac. The progress will be displayed in the top toolbar of the Photos app.

Safely Disconnect Your Device

After the import is complete, safely disconnect your device by ejecting it from your Mac. To do this, simply click on the eject icon next to your device’s name in the left sidebar of the Photos app.


You have successfully transferred your photos to your Mac! You can now organize and edit them using the powerful tools available in the Photos app.

Transferring photos to your Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to conveniently manage and preserve your memories. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just someone who loves capturing moments, having all your photos in one place makes it easier to cherish and share them with others. Enjoy exploring and reliving those special moments!

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