How to share pictures and videos in Photos for Mac

Photos for Mac lets you share photos and videos with pretty much any social network and app you can find. Whether you're looking to post something on Facebook, share directly to Macs, iPhones, or iPads with AirDrop, or add to a shared Photo Stream, Photos makes it easy to share with just a couple of clicks.

Here's what you need to know about sharing pictures and video in Photos for Mac.

How to share a single image or video with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the image or video you want to share and open it.

  1. Click on the Share button in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Choose the method you'd like to use to share it.

  1. Fill out any necessary info and send it on its way!

How to share multiple images and videos at once with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Select the images and videos you'd like to share. Select multiples by holding down the command key.

  1. Click on the Share button in the top menu bar, it's off to the right.
  2. Choose the method you'd like to use to share it.

  1. Fill out any necessary info and send it on its way!

How to use iCloud Photo Sharing and create a shared photo album with Photos for Mac

Apple's iCloud service includes iCloud Photo Sharing, which lets you share images and video with friends, family, and colleagues on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, or Apple TV. While technically considered part of iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Photo Sharing exists outside of the service: You don't have to use iCloud Photo Library to share your images, and shared albums don't count toward your iCloud storage.

Best of all, creating shared albums is simpler than uploading images to Facebook or Instagram, and safer, too: Your images and video stay private between your group, and you can take the album down at any time. If you want to reach a wider range of people, you can even create a public iCloud.com website to host your images for anyone with the link to view them.

iCloud Photo Sharing: The ultimate guide

Questions?

Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about sharing pictures and videos using Photos for Mac.

Updated February 2018: All steps and screenshots have been updated for the latest version of Photos for macOS High Sierra.

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.

3 Comments
  • Back in the iPhoto days, I kept the master library on my Mac Pro 2009 running 10.8.5 and my lovely bride had her photos on her 2011 MacBook Pro running 10.8.5. Every now and then, I would have my iPhoto connect to her iPhoto to easily transfer her photos to my library to update the master library. Then I upgraded my Mac Pro to 10.9.x and switched to Photos and the ability to connect to her iPhoto library disappeared, or at least I couldn't find it. We had to use "sneakernet" to transfer her photos to my computer. I'm now running 10.11.x and I recently updated her computer to 10.10.x and now she is using Photos. Without using iCloud, is there any way to link to her Photos to mine so I can more easily transfer photos to the master library?
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  • Ok So in Step #4 in "How to share a single image or video with Photos for Mac" above, the instruction its to select from the drop down menu. Well, when I select the Facebook option, I am directed to one of my Facebook accounts (I have two) and no way to switch to the other one. I am not even logged into that account when selecting, and I'm often logged into the 2nd account that I want to post in, but I keep being offered the fabulous opportunity to post pictures to the wrong Facebook account! How on earth do I change this? In iTunes? I can't do it from the Photos menu, from Facebook settings, or even from my Mac preferences (that I can tell.)
    TIA to anyone who knows how to help with this!!!