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How to Optimize Space in Apple Photos

Photo libraries are like downward rolling snowballs; they can get ginormous before you know it. For this reason, Apple Photos lets you clear space on your Mac when you start running out of room.

The one catch is that you may need to start paying for iCloud storage once your library hits 5GB (or however much space you have left after the other data you use). Here's how to optimize your Mac's storage in Apple Photos.

1. Click Photos

2. Select Preferences.

3. Click iCloud.

4. Click Optimize Mac Storage.

Your Mac will intelligently delete photos already stored in the cloud when you begin to run out of space.

After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.