How to Unsync Photos From Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Mac being cluttered with unsynchronized photos? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of unsyncing photos from your Mac, ensuring that your device stays organized and free from unnecessary files.

Step 1: Open the Photos App

First, locate and open the Photos app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search (Command + Space) and typing “Photos”.

Step 2: Access Preferences

Once you have the Photos app open, click on “Photos” in the top menu bar and select “Preferences”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Comma (,).

Step 3: Go to iCloud Tab

In the Preferences window that appears, navigate to the “iCloud” tab. This is where you will find all the options related to syncing your photos with iCloud.

Step 4: Disable iCloud Photo Library

To unsync your photos from Mac, uncheck the box next to “iCloud Photo Library”. A confirmation prompt will appear asking if you want to download a copy of your photos to this Mac before turning off iCloud Photo Library.

Note: If you choose to download a copy of your photos before turning off iCloud Photo Library, it may take some time depending on the size of your library and internet speed.

Potential Risks:

  • Limited Storage: Keep in mind that if you have a large photo library stored on iCloud, disabling iCloud Photo Library might consume a significant amount of disk space on your Mac.
  • Loss of Accessibility: Once you unsync your photos from Mac, they will no longer be accessible through the Photos app on this device. However, they will still be available on other devices connected to your iCloud account.

Step 5: Confirm Your Choice

After considering the potential risks, click on “Download Photos & Videos” or “Remove from Mac” depending on your preference. This step is crucial to ensure that you have a backup of your photos before unsyncing them from your Mac.

Step 6: Wait for the Process to Complete

The time it takes to complete the process depends on the number and size of the photos being downloaded or removed. Be patient and let it finish without interruptions.

Step 7: Verify Unsyncing

To verify that your photos are successfully unsynced from your Mac, go back to the Preferences window in the Photos app. If the checkbox next to “iCloud Photo Library” is unchecked, it means that your photos are no longer synced with your Mac.

Congratulations! You have successfully unsynced photos from your Mac, freeing up valuable disk space while keeping them accessible through other devices connected to iCloud.

Note: Remember that disabling iCloud Photo Library only affects syncing with this specific device. Your photos will still be available on other devices connected to iCloud unless you disable it there as well.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we learned how to unsync photos from a Mac using the Photos app and disabling iCloud Photo Library. By following these steps, you can declutter your device and regain control over storage space while keeping your precious memories safe in the cloud.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below.

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