How do I find the name of my Photos.app library file?

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If you use Photos.app with multiple library files, then sometimes it can be confusing which library file you’re viewing. Here’s how to determine your Photos Library file name.

Use the INFO button to find the name of your Photos Library file

You can find the currently loaded libraries file by opening the application Photos and then selecting Library from the menu on the left.

Next click the info icon (a circle with the letter i in the center) on the top right. This will open a small floating window called Info. The .photoslibrary file name will be listed as the first line in this box. In my case, my library file name is “Photos-Library-new2-27-2018.photoslibrary.”

Use the info button to determine your Photo library's file name.
Use the info button to determine your Photo library’s file name.

More tips for using Apple’s Photos App

You may also find this simple trick for removing duplicates or permanently deleting images that you select from albums useful, too.

I recently started using the third-party app PowerPhotos for merging separate libraries and removing duplicates. You might find it useful, too!

Happy Productivity!

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