How to Delete Duplicate Photos on Mac

No one likes scrolling through their photos on their Mac and coming across duplicates. Luckily, Apple has made this easy in the Photos app on Mac by creating a folder called "Duplicates" that allows you to see all the duplicate photos in your library and merge them into one photo. Here's how to find and remove duplicate photos in the Photos app on Mac.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Quickly and easily find all your duplicate photos in a single folder.
  • Remove all duplicate photos at once, or merge them individually, depending on your needs.

How to Find & Remove Duplicate Photos on Mac

System Requirements

To use this tip, you'll need a Mac running Ventura or later.

The duplicates folder not only makes it easy to find all your duplicates in one place, but you can also go through and individually merge photos, or you can merge them all at once. If you like tips about using your Apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

  1. On your Mac, open the Photos app.

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  2. In the side bar navigation menu, click Duplicates.

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  3. From here, you can scroll through the photos and click Merge to merge them individually.

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  4. Alternatively, to merge all photo duplicates at once, click Edit.

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  5. Click Select All.

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  6. Then, click Merge X Items in the top right corner.

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And that might be the simplest way to delete duplicate photos in a photo library ever! This is a great way to free up some extra storage space on your devices as well.

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.