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Question: Photos app automatic sync with photos folder

Hi everyone, I have a question!


Is it possible to let the Photos app automatically sync with the Photos folder (or any other folder) on my Macbook? I keep forgetting to import new photos and videos into the Photos app, so it'd be nice that could be done automatically when I put them in the folder..


Thanks in advance!

MacBook Pro with Retina display, macOS Sierra (10.12.4)

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You could try to add folder action to the folder where you drop your photos. This would import all new photos to Photos:

Automator has a template to create folder Action.


Create a new Automator workflow using the "folder Action"template:

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In the title bar select the folder you want to watch. Then drag an Action "Import files into Photos" from the library of actions into the workflow.

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Save the workflow. Run the workflow once. Whenever you now add an image file to the folder you are watching, it will automatically be imported to Photos.

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Apr 6, 2017 4:01 AM in response to dilanf In response to dilanf

You could try to add folder action to the folder where you drop your photos. This would import all new photos to Photos:

Automator has a template to create folder Action.


Create a new Automator workflow using the "folder Action"template:

User uploaded file

In the title bar select the folder you want to watch. Then drag an Action "Import files into Photos" from the library of actions into the workflow.

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Save the workflow. Run the workflow once. Whenever you now add an image file to the folder you are watching, it will automatically be imported to Photos.

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