How to Duplicate a Photo or Video on Mac (2022 Update)

Learn how to copy a picture or video on your Mac in three easy steps.

This Mac Photos app tip will allow you to make a duplicate of a photo or video so you can work on the copy and leave the original untouched. Here’s how to make a copy of a picture or video on a Mac. 

Related: How to Zoom in & Out of a Photo on Mac

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Make a copy of a picture or video before editing to leave the original photo untouched. 
  • Make more than one copy to have several versions with multiple editing techniques.

How to Duplicate a Picture or Video on Mac

Here's how to copy a picture or video in the Photos app on your Mac. Of course, you can work on your original picture and revert the changes later but, sometimes it’s nice to have the original and an edited version. For more great Photos app tutorials, including how to add filters to photos on an iPhone, check out our free Tip of the Day

  1. Open the Photos app and double-click the photo or video you want to copy.
     double click the photo or video you want to copy
  2. Right-click on the photo, then click Duplicate 1 Photo, or press Command-D on your keyboard.  
    right click the photo and click Duplicate
  3. If you’re copying a Live Photo, you can click Duplicate to keep it as a Live Photo or Duplicate as Still Photo to save as a still. duplicate live photo

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.