Tips to Free up Your Photo Library on a Macbook

Even if you are not a professional photographer, you may find that photos are taking more space on your Macbook than you would like. It is natural, given the quality that the best cameras provide. And even taking a picture with a smartphone guarantees that you have a size of a sizable quality.

So how do you deal with the problem of the ever-growing photo library on a Macbook? The hard drive does not offer that much space, so you may run out of free gigabytes. And a lack of free space will cause stuttering and other problems for the computer.

Since the problem is quite common, it should not come as a surprise that people have figured all kinds of ways to work around the problem. Use this article as a reference and create a strategy that will help you manage pictures on the Mac more easily.

Tip #1 – Free up Disk Space

It might be that it is not the pictures that are taking the majority of your disk space. It is easy to run out of available storage if you are in the habit of hoarding files. And all this clutter will not disappear on its own. You need to be proactive and remove stuff on a regular basis.

Look at what you can delete. Some old applications, email attachments, downloads, and temporary junk data are some of the best examples that come to mind immediately.

Subscribe to streaming services and eliminate the need to keep music, TV shows, or movie files. Those are pretty large. Thanks to services like Netflix or Spotify, all your favorite media is accessible with just a few clicks. 

Tip #2 – Explore Different Picture Formats

Some pictures come in different formats. Depending on the device you use, be it a professional camera, smartphone, or tablet, there ought to be a possibility to change some settings. And that includes multiple formats. Of course, going with those that drop the quality significantly is not the best course of action. But if you have multiple variations to try, see what you can use to find the optimal picture quality as well as the size.

Tip #3 – Use Cloud Services

Some files can be kept in clouds. There are services like Dropbox as well as iCloud. They are free, and it is rather hard to find something that would provide as much safety as clouds.

The basic plan is free, but you can spend a few bucks for even more storage. If there are too many photos in your library, transferring them to another location is one of the best available options.

Tip #4 – Transfer Files to External Storage Devices

Speaking of keeping pictures in another location, external storage devices are also a great alternative. USB sticks and external hard drives are relatively cheap and do not require that much space, especially the former. 

Tip #5 – Use Editing Tools

Editing tools might be too much of a hassle in some cases. However, you can still try to look for some that compress pictures and reduce the size without sacrificing their quality. Keep in mind, though, that such tools are likely to cost money. And even if you find a free version, it will have a limited number of available editing instances. That is not optimal if you have to work with a lot of pictures.

Tip #6 – Keep Some Photos on Social Media

Plenty of people create albums on social media and keep their pictures there. Facebook and Instagram are two of the best examples. The former is probably the best because Instagram is a bit different in how their post managing is. 

Meanwhile, you can create more than enough albums on Facebook and upload your photos there. It might not be the right option for the pictures of clients that you work with, but personal stuff that you do not mind sharing with others can be put on social media. 

Tip #7 – Create a Folder System

Sometimes, it is difficult to keep track of everything because you do not have a solid organization system. Pictures are all over the place, not named properly. And when you start running out of disk space, it becomes too difficult to figure out which is which and what photos you can remove or move to another location.

Make sure that you keep everything properly. The files should be in their folders, and the photo library is no exception.

Tip #8 – Look for Photo Organizing Software

You could try looking for a photo management software. If you find that it is too hard to manage everything manually, specific utility tools could be the answer to your problem. And even if you have to pay for a premium version, it could still end up as an excellent investment because great software can really improve the situation. 

Karolina is the founder of and the author of all the images that you can find on it. She is a passionate photographer that specializes in the indoor photography. She enjoys cooking and traveling as it gives many opportunities to take photos – then she describes the photoshoots adventures on her blog. Also, a PR specialist, can help you with the internet marketing and do it well!