iPhoto: Move your iPhoto library to a new location

You can move your entire iPhoto library to a different computer, a hard disk, or another location on your computer.

Move your iPhoto library

If you’ve created multiple photo libraries, be sure to move only the library currently displayed when iPhoto is open. To move a different library, you first need to switch to it.

  1. Quit iPhoto.
  2. In the Finder, choose your home folder (it’s usually named after you). 
  3. Open the Pictures folder (in the home folder) to locate the iPhoto Library file.
  4. Drag the iPhoto Library file to a new location on your computer.
  5. Open iPhoto.
  6. In the window that appears, select the library you want, and then click Choose.
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