How to create multiple libraries for Photos for Mac

How do you keep your home and work photos separate? Move some photos to external storage? With multiple libraries!

Whether you want to break up an incredibly large library into more manageable parts, or you want to keep personal and professional pictures and videos separate, or iPhone vs. DSLR, or you want each family member to have their own library, you can easily set up and use them in Photos for Mac.

How to create a new library for Photos for Mac

  1. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard.
  2. Double-click on Photos.
  3. Click the Create New... button in the Choose Library window.
  4. Name your library.
  5. Click OK.

Unfortunately, there isn't a one-step way from within Photos to migrate pictures and videos to the new library. So you'll need to export the content you want to use in the new library, then import them back in once you've opened the new library.

How to switch between libraries in Photos for Mac

  1. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard.
  2. Double-click on Photos.
  3. Click on the name of the library you want to open.

What do you think?

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