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How Do I Transfer Photos From iPhoto Since Not Supported By Big Sur?

Attempted to upgrade Mac to Big Sur. As I progressed it said that a recently used app – iPhoto would not work unless an update was used.fully aware Apple moved on from iPhoto to Photos but like iPhoto. Assuming there is no update for iPhoto.
Want to keep up with progress so I guess I’ll have to hopefully transfer all my photos to Photos. There are probably close to 30K. I did just ask you how to transfer to external drive while Big Sur was loading. Not having work and friends family photos will eliminate a chunk of photos. Deleting unwanted photos will also help with the #’s
How do I transfer all iPhoto to photos?
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Joanne Fisher

Comments: 10 Responses to “How Do I Transfer Photos From iPhoto Since Not Supported By Big Sur?”

    4 months ago

    iPhoto is an old 32-bit app that hasn’t been updated for years. It didn’t work in Catalina, because Catalina only supports 64-bit apps. Apple warned for 2+ years about this. Big Sur of course doesn’t support 32-bit apps either, and neither will any future version of macOS.

    When you launch Photos, you should be prompted to import your iPhoto library. Not sure exactly what you will see, as I moved on from iPhoto in 2013.

    Even if it doesn’t prompt you, you can launch Photos holding down the Option key and you can select a library to open, including old iPhoto libraries. It would convert them.

    Will
    4 months ago

    Thanks for this. I am using Mac OS 10.13.6 High Sierra and want to move all my iPhoto Library into Photo Library and delete iPhoto. When Photo first came out it migrated 150 GB from iPhoto into the Photo Library. My iPhoto now has 190 GB. If I follow your direction to hold the Option key down while opening the Photo Library, would it migrate the extra 40 GB from iPhoto into Photo and therefore I would then have ALL my iPhoto migrated or is there a better way to do it?

    4 months ago

    Will: Really hard to say what you’ll end up with if you have some of your photos still in iPhoto and others already in Photos. You may have to clean it up after. It would have worked best to just transfer them all over at once.

    Will
    4 months ago

    I agree it would have been better! Can you suggest a way I may be able to do it, ie get all my photos into PHOTO and then delete iPhoto? Thanks again.

    4 months ago

    Will: I assume you have new photos in your Photos Library since you partially transferred the iPhoto Library. In that case you have unique photos in both. There’s no way around it then — you just have to work diligently to figure out which photos you have already and which ones you need to import. Roll up your sleeves.

    Michael Nauss
    4 months ago

    Hi Gary: I have a 2013 macbook pro with high sierra as the OS. I just bought a new macbook pro M1. I have the photos program in my old mac. How can I transfer all of my folders, pictures, video etc to my new macbook’s photo app with an external hard drive. Or….am I restricted to using icloud. I have just under 40 GB’s of data in photo’s.

    4 months ago

    Michael: Use Migration Assistant (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204350)

    Dilip
    4 months ago

    Apparently, an app called Retroactive lets you run iPhoto, Aperture etc. on Catalina and Big Sur.

    4 months ago

    Dilip: Still not a good idea to keep using apps that are obsolete, unsupported and never will be again. Especially to store and handle something as precious as your photos!

    Oscar Zamudio
    1 month ago

    I just did an “Open Folder Contents and was able to copy to a folder which I will then import into Photos. Good luck!

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