How to sync faces across devices in apple photos

Можно синхронизировать фотографии с Mac на устройство. Можно синхронизировать все или выбранные фотографии из медиатеки Фото на Mac. Например, можно синхронизировать некоторые избранные альбомы или фотографии людей.

Также можно синхронизировать фотографии из папки «Изображения» или другой папки, в которой Вы храните фотографии. Например, можно импортировать фотографии с фотокамеры в папку в Finder. Можно упорядочить фотографии в несколько папок и синхронизировать эти папки на устройство.

Синхронизированные фотографии отображаются в приложении «Фото» на устройстве.

Совет. Если Вы уже пользуетесь Фото iCloud на Mac и устройствах, фотографии синхронизируются автоматически. См. разделы Использование Фото iCloud для хранения фотографий в iCloud и Что такое iCloud?.

Синхронизация фотографий на устройство

Подключите устройство к компьютеру Mac.

Устройство можно подключить через кабель USB или USB-C либо через Wi-Fi. О включении синхронизации через Wi-Fi см. в разделе Синхронизация контента с Mac на iPhone или iPad по сети Wi-Fi.

В Finder на Mac выберите устройство в боковом меню Finder.

Если устройство подключено к Mac посредством USB‑кабеля, но оно не отображается в боковом меню Finder, см. раздел Если устройство не отображается в боковом меню при синхронизации.

В панели кнопок выберите «Фото».

Примечание. Если включена функция «Фото iCloud», при выборе варианта «Фото» в панели кнопок не отображаются варианты синхронизации фотографий.

Установите флажок «Синхронизировать фотографии на Вашем устройстве из», затем выберите «Фото», «Изображения» или папку во всплывающем меню.

Для этого выполните следующее:

При синхронизации фотографий из приложения «Фото» Нажмите «Все фотографии и альбомы» или «Выбранные альбомы». Если Вы нажали «Выбранные альбомы», установите флажки напротив альбомов в списке, которые хотите синхронизировать.

Нажмите «Фото» или «Люди», чтобы упорядочить фотографии по этим категориям.

При синхронизации фотографий из папки Нажмите «Все папки» или «Выбранные папки». Если Вы нажали «Выбранные папки», установите флажки напротив папок в списке, которые хотите синхронизировать.

Выбор вариантов синхронизации.

Установите флажок «Включать в синхронизацию видео», чтобы также синхронизировать видео из папки или медиатеки Фото.

При синхронизации из приложения «Фото» установите флажок «Только избранные», чтобы синхронизировать только фотографии, отмеченные как избранные.

При синхронизации из приложения «Фото» установите флажок «Автоматически включать фотографии за» и во всплывающем меню выберите период времени, чтобы синхронизировать фотографии только за этот период.

Когда будете готовы, нажмите кнопку «Применить».

Можно настроить автоматическую синхронизацию Mac и устройства при каждом их подключении друг к другу. Чтобы включить автоматическую синхронизацию, выберите «Основные» в панели кнопок, затем установите флажок «Синхронизировать автоматически, если [устройство] подключено».

Прежде чем отсоединять устройство от Mac, нажмите кнопку извлечения в боковом меню Finder.

Удаление автоматически синхронизированных фотографий с устройства

Чтобы удалить ненужную папку с фотографиями с Mac и устройства, удалите фотографии из приложения «Фото» или удалите папку с Mac и синхронизируйте устройство.

Чтобы удалить альбом или папку с фотографиями только с устройства, но оставить их на Mac, выполните следующее.

Подключите устройство к компьютеру Mac.

Устройство можно подключить через кабель USB или USB-C либо через Wi-Fi. О включении синхронизации через Wi-Fi см. в разделе Синхронизация контента с Mac на iPhone или iPad по сети Wi-Fi.

В Finder на Mac выберите устройство в боковом меню, затем выберите «Фото» в панели кнопок.

В списке папок снимите флажки напротив альбомов или папок, которые хотите удалить.

Синхронизируйте Mac с устройством.

ПРЕДУПРЕЖДЕНИЕ. Когда Вы удаляете с Mac автоматически синхронизированный объект, он также удаляется с устройства при следующей синхронизации.

Прежде чем отсоединять устройство от Mac, нажмите кнопку извлечения в боковом меню Finder.

Apple Photos has a built-in facial recognition feature that gives you full control over identifying and syncing faces across your devices. Here’s how you can add names to faces in Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

How Faces and People Synching Works in Apple Photos

Apple’s People feature automatically recognizes people and creates collections of photos for a person. The service doesn’t assign a name, and it won’t link them automatically to a contact (like Google does)—you have full control over the process. This does mean you’ll have to go in and manually add names for people in your photos.

As of iOS 11 and macOS Sierra, the face syncing across Apple devices happens automatically. You need to identify a face only once for it to sync across all your devices.

How to Add Faces on iPhone or iPad

The fastest way to add names to faces in the Photos app is by using your iPhone or iPad. Open the Photos app and go to the “Albums” tab.

Swipe down on this page until you see the “People and Places” section. Here, tap on the “People” album.

You’ll see a grid of identified faces. Tap on a face to see all of their associated photos. The Photos app might ask you to review additional photos. To do that, tap on the “Review” button.

Now, tap on the “Add Name” button in the top toolbar.

From the next screen, start typing the person’s name. If they’re stored in your contacts, you’ll see their name show up in the suggestions. Select the contact name to confirm the association.

On the next screen, you’ll see a confirmation that will tell you that this contact and name is now associated with this face. Tap on “Done” to go back. Now, their album will have a name at the top.

You can also favorite the person by tapping on the “Heart” icon in the bottom-right corner of their preview photo. This will add them to the top of the list.

If you don’t like the key photo for a contact, you can switch it out. Find a photo you like and then tap and hold on their photo to see the “Make Key Photo” option (in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 and above).

If you’ve found a misidentified photo in someone’s album, you can choose the “Not This Person” option from the same menu.

How to Add Faces on Mac

The process for adding a name to a face on a Mac is slightly different. Open the Photos app on your Mac and click on the “People” button from the sidebar. You’ll now see a grid of identified faces. From here, click on a face.

You’ll see all the photos associated with the person. Click on the “Add Name” button from the top toolbar.

Type the name of the person. If you have their contact saved on your Mac or your iCloud account, you’ll be able to choose the contact from the suggestions.

Click on “Done” to add the name.

Alternatively, when you’re in the “People” tab and you see a grid of faces, just hover over a face and click on the “Name” button. Type the name of the person or select a name from the list, press the “Enter” key, and you’re done.

If you don’t like Apple’s smart albums, you can also choose some of the best photos and organize them in your own albums.

If you use Photos and have more than one Apple device, you may want your entire Photos library to appear on all of them. Thanks to iCloud Photo Library, this is now possible, and it’s what I describe in this chapter. (To learn about My Photo Stream, which sync only recent photos among your devices, see the previous chapter, Sync Photos and Videos across Devices.)

With iCloud Photo Library, you have just one photo library, which is stored in the cloud; your individual Macs and iOS devices can store copies of all those photos (space permitting), optionally optimized to use less storage—with full-resolution originals available for download on demand. Any edits or organizational changes sync across all your devices, too (with some qualifications; see What Doesn’t Sync). One catch is that depending on the size of your library, you may have to pay Apple for additional iCloud storage. (For more details and tips, see my TidBITS article iCloud Photo Library: The Missing FAQ.)

Unfortunately, Apple currently offers no good way for two or more people to keep their photo libraries in sync with each other, whether they’re using the same Mac (with different user accounts) or different Macs. iCloud Family Sharing (see Share Family Photos), iCloud Photo Sharing, and third-party tools (discussed in this chapter) can partially address this problem, but with numerous qualifications.

Sync Your Photos Library

To enable iCloud Photo Library:

    iOS: Tap Settings > iCloud > Photos and make sure iCloud Photo Library is on.

OS X: In Photos, go to Photos > Preferences > iCloud and select iCloud Photo Library .

Alternatively, select Optimize Device Storage to keep smaller versions of the photos on your device to save space—the app downloads larger versions as needed.

Once you’ve done this on each device, photo libraries will begin syncing with each other. You can also view, upload, or download iCloud Photo Library photos in the Photos Web app on the iCloud Web site.

What Doesn’t Sync

Per this Apple support article, certain kinds of metadata don’t sync across devices when using iCloud Photo Library:

  • Books, cards, and calendars
  • Slideshows
  • Keyword shortcuts and unused keywords
  • The Last Import album
  • Faces tiles and Faces data

Other Photos Library Syncing Options

iCloud Photo Library is the best way to sync all your photos between Macs, but there are other ways to approach the task, each with its own limitations:

  • Sync user-created albums:SyncMate can sync various kinds of data between Macs, including Photos albums. But the app can sync only individual, user-created albums—not smart albums or entire libraries.
  • Merge libraries:PowerPhotos lets you merge two Photos libraries (even from two different users) into a new library, maintaining albums and most metadata (see exceptions) while eliminating duplicates. Alas, this is a one-shot, manual process. It won’t keep two libraries in sync; if they diverge, you must manually merge them again.

Note: Although there are ways to do some of these things with iPhoto, they’re more complicated and less reliable. Since Apple is no longer distributing iPhoto, I don’t cover it in this book.

Share Libraries with Others

I said Apple currently offers no good way for two people to share the same complete Photos library, but there is a way to sort of do it, as described on this Apple support page (the instructions are for iPhoto but they work for Photos too.) The workaround involves working from an external drive that other users can also access.

This method has two key limitations:

  • Apple recommends against using network storage, because it can lead to (among other problems) corruption and data loss. Putting it on an external drive—and, presumably, shuttling the drive between users—should work.
  • Only one user can have a given library open at a time. If you try to open a library someone else is using, you’ll get an error message.

In other words, this technique works reasonably well for sharing a library across user accounts on a single Mac, but poorly for any other scenario.

Tip: To learn much more about iCloud’s photo syncing and sharing features, read my book Take Control of iCloud.

Apple introduced a feature called Animoji in 2017, that used Face ID to map emojis character to your face. This feature was extended to Memoji in 2018 which was nothing more but personalized sticker/avatar or more of a robotized version of Animoji.

With the release of iOS 13, Apple enabled customization to personalize it even further with options like new skin colors, makeup, accessories, etc.

Create your Memoji

  1. Open Messages and tap How to sync faces across devices in apple photosto start a new message. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap How to sync faces across devices in apple photos, then swipe right and tap New Memoji How to sync faces across devices in apple photos.
  3. Customize the features of your Memoji — like skin tone, hairstyle, eyes, and more.
  4. Tap Done.

More on customizing Apple Support

Syncing Memoji everywhere

  1. First of all, create your Memoji from the steps mentioned above.
  2. Make sure you have your contact card created, refer Apple Contact guide here.
  3. Open Messages then click on three dots at the top right corner, now click on edit on the next screen.

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Fixing sync for MacBook

Sometimes you won’t see the Animoji in your MacBook, happens usually when you format or change Mac display picture.

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Check contact card Picture setting on your Mac

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make sure you have iCloud selected here, click Done.

Congrats new Memoji should be available everywhere.

If this doesn’t solve your issue try restarting the computer after following these steps, you can also try connecting to your iPhone hotspot once which should enable syncing and fix the issue.

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I’ve had a multi-Mac household pretty much since college, rocking a laptop and desktop in addition to miscellaneous iOS devices throughout the years. Dropbox and iCloud sync made most of the pains of using several Macs disappear, but iPhoto was always a problem. My laptop is tiny! My iPhoto library, not so much.

Thankfully, Photos for Mac — paired with iCloud Photo Library’s Optimize Storage feature — makes working with and syncing multiple Macs a breeze. Here’s how you can do it.

How to use Photos and iCloud Photo Library with multiple Macs

Here’s a quick, simple breakdown on setting up your Macs to support Photos and iCloud Photo Library.

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I recommend starting with your biggest iPhoto library; it’ll usually be on your desktop Mac. When you open Photos for the first time, your library should import automatically; if it prompts you to create a new library, your Photos library may be stored in another location on your Mac, and you may need to manually open it.

Once you’ve imported your biggest library on your Mac, make sure iCloud Photo Library is turned on and syncing. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Launch Photos on your Mac.
  2. Click Photos in the menu bar.

Select Preferences (or do this quicker by pressing ⌘,).

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Click on the iCloud tab.

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Check off the box for iCloud Photos.

  • You can also check off the box for Download Originals to this Mac if you have the space.
  • You can check off Optimize Mac Storage to save space on your Mac by only saving a percentage of images and video locally — the rest will be thumbnails that you can click on to download when you want to.

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Now, open your other Mac, and launch Photos. If you have an iPhoto library on that secondary Mac, follow the same steps as above — import your library, then turn on iCloud Photo Library. If you have duplicates of the same photo on each computer, iCloud should automatically resolve those conflicts when it syncs, providing you with just one version of your photos when the sync process finishes.

If you don’t have an iPhoto library on your secondary Mac, create a new library in Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Library. If you want to save storage space on this secondary Mac, make sure Optimize Mac Storage is selected: This will save a certain percentage of images and video locally to your device, while providing thumbnails of all the others for you to download at your leisure.

How to sync faces across devices in apple photos

After you’ve set up all your Macs with Photos and the sync process has finished, you’re now good to go. From here on out, any time you add photos, they’ll sync to every computer you’ve set up with Photos.

What syncs, what doesn’t sync

Photos for Mac syncs a lot more than just your original photos and videos. According to a support document on, here’s what else you should expect to see sync:

  • All folders and albums
  • Smart Albums
  • Keywords
  • Memories
  • Searchable keywords
  • Key photo selections

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There are a few things iCloud Photo Library won’t sync, however. Here’s Apple’s list:

  • Books, cards, calendars, and slideshows
  • Keyword shortcuts
  • Unused keywords
  • Last imported album on the Mac in question
  • Names and faces in the People album

For those not using iCloud Photo Library

If you’ve chosen not to enable iCloud Photo Library, Apple still offers you free syncing of your last 1000 photos via My Photo Stream, which doesn’t count toward your iCloud disk space.

This will sync and download images you’ve imported or taken on other devices, but you won’t have the option to optimize your storage or sync your albums.

If Apple apps like Notes and Contacts won’t sync through iCloud across your devices, here’s what to do.

One of the best parts of having an iPhone, iPad, and Mac is how easily you can transfer information between them. You can do this via AirDrop, but many Apple apps sync across devices on their own.

Mail, Notes, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts are among these apps. You can enter something in an app on one device, then read or edit it on another.

Sometimes, though, your apps get out of sync, and information doesn’t transfer to another device. Thankfully, this is a fixable problem. Let’s see what to do when Apple apps don’t sync across your devices.

1. Check Your Network Connection

Syncing between apps like Mail, Notes, and others takes place over the internet through iCloud. Since wired connections aren’t really an option with iPhone and iPad devices, you’ll need to have Wi-Fi or a data connection. If you don’t have a stable internet connection, your apps won’t sync properly with each other.

Your devices don’t have to be on the same Wi-Fi network to sync data through iCloud for apps like Notes and Reminders. As long as you have a strong connection (whether Wi-Fi or mobile data), you should see updates one one platform reflected elsewhere.

While your devices do need to be on the same network to sync the audiobooks, music, and other media on your Mac and iPhone, that’s a separate issue.

Make sure both your Mac and mobile device have a steady network connection (ideally through Wi-Fi, not mobile data). You can test the connection by streaming a YouTube video. If this checks out, continue on to deeper troubleshooting.

2. Confirm Your Apple ID

For your apps to sync, you need to be logged into the same Apple ID on all your devices so you’re taking advantage of your iCloud account.

To make sure you’re using the right Apple ID on iPhone or iPad, open Settings. You should see your name at the top. Tap this to view the email address associated with your Apple ID account.

If you don’t see your name, and instead see Sign in to your iPhone, tap that, then log in with your Apple ID email and password.

Photoshop Preset Syncing lets you manage your favorite presets by seamlessly syncing them to any desktop device, making exporting and importing across devices or app versions a thing of the past.

When Preset Syncing is enabled, your presets on one device will sync up your Creative Cloud and sync down to any other desktop device you log into using the same Adobe ID.

How to sync faces across devices in apple photosEasily sync your presets in Photoshop to the Creative Cloud and access them on your other desktop devices.

When enabled, the following preset types will sync to your Creative Cloud:

  • Brushes
  • Gradients
  • Swatches
  • Styles
  • Shapes
  • Patterns

Currently, the following preset types do not sync to Creative Cloud — Workspaces, Tools, Contours, Sky replacement, and Camera Raw presets or profiles.

Preset Syncing is turned off by default. You can enable or disable Preset Syncing in Preferences > General > Preset Syncing

How to sync faces across devices in apple photosPreset Syncing preference

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When you uncheck Preset Syncing you will be presented with a dialog asking whether to keep your currently synced presets so other devices can still access them, or to delete your synced presets from your account.

Caution: When choosing No, any presets that are currently synced will be removed from the Creative Cloud and delete any presets on other systems with Preset Syncing enabled.

How to sync faces across devices in apple photos

iCloud does more than just backup your iPhone and iPad. iCloud can keep your photos in sync across all your devices, for example – iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC. You can set up your devices to automatically place a copy of all photos in iCloud, and you can manually upload photos from your Mac or Windows PC to iCloud as well.

How to turn on iCloud Photos on an iPhone or iPad

To get started with iCloud Photos, you should ensure that it’s turned on and set to upload your mobile photos to the cloud.

1. On your iPhone or iPad device, start the Settings app.

2. Scroll down and tap “Photos.”

3. If it’s not already on, turn on iCloud Photos by swiping the button to the right, turning it green.

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When turned on, this uploads your mobile photos to iCloud and synchronizes them with the photos on other Apple mobile devices. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

Repeat for every Apple mobile device device you want to sync with iCloud. All your iPhone and iPad photos should now be automatically uploaded to iCloud. Note: if you want to delete certain photos from your iPhone but not from iCloud, follow our how-to guide to do so.

How to sync faces across devices in apple photos

Apple prefers that your private data stay on your devices. That philosophy has prevented and delayed a number of product features that some of Apple’s competitors have rolled out earlier, but the tradeoff is often worth it. A few months ago, Apple enhanced its HomeKit Secure Video integration with iOS/iPadOS 14’s Home app to let you tie in your Photos library’s People app, while giving nothing away to Apple—or providing a hole for others to snoop.

That’s a lot of terms to unpack, however! HomeKit Secure Video is Apple’s iCloud-based home security camera storage and monitoring system. Apple doesn’t sell cameras, but this system works with about 10 cameras across several manufacturers. (I switched my existing Logitech Circle from Logitech’s system to Apple a few months ago.) It requires a 200GB or 2TB iCloud storage subscription and a device that works as a HomeKit hub: an iPad (always connected), an Apple TV, or a HomePod.

Like Apple’s general approach for privacy, all data that enters or leaves your network is encrypted with keys stored only on your devices. The HomeKit hub mediates this encryption, so you don’t ever have to deal with it. You access video from the Home app in macOS, iOS, and iPadOS, and can view the camera on an Apple TV.

For facial recognition, Apple doesn’t upload data from your network to its servers. Instead, it relies on faces you’ve already identified in the Photos app. That data is synced in a clever way among all your devices via iCloud, but always encrypted so that Apple can’t access it even if it wanted to. (This is the same method, more or less, used for end-to-end encrypted syncing of iCloud Keychain items, iMessages, and a few other categories of personal data.)

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Clips in which someone is recognized appear with their name, as well as optional notifications. (Name blurred for privacy.)

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You can configure Face Recognition to identify household members, among other options.

Home for macOS lags in features (even in Big Sur), so you need a device running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 to enable and configure facial recognition, and a Photos library that’s connected to the same iCloud account used on your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Select the camera preview.
  3. Click the gear icon.
  4. Tap Face Recognition.

You then have an array of choices:

  • Tap Your Name’s Library and you control access to the facial matches in your library, including whether to share those matches with other people who have access to the same devices via the Home app.
  • Tap Known to Household, and you can identify people who live in the house and hide notifications when they appear on camera. This reduces notifications.
  • As people appear in view of the camera, they’re added to the Recent list. You can tap that and add names or associate faces, and those people are added to the household list.

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Unrecognized faces appear and can be labeled.

At no time do your matches or actions leave your computer to provide Apple with image detail, facial matches, or behavioral data, based on their policies and encryption techniques.