Importing Apple Photos Library on a Mac

Importing Full Photos Library

Mylio makes importing your entire Apple Photos library into Mylio easy. With macOS Catalina (10.15) and newer, Mylio’s Photos import tool will watch over your original images to keep the two libraries in sync with one another.

  Note:  If you are running macOS Mojave or older, you may need to see the “Importing a Selection of Photos” tab. If you are also using iCloud Photo Library, please see this article to make sure it is configured to work alongside Mylio.

This process will not copy your photos from Apple Photos to Mylio. For this reason, Mylio has a unique relationship with your Apple Photos library in order to ensure your photos are safe inside and outside of your Mylio Library. In general, Mylio has read-only access to your Apple Photos library. Here are the guidelines for how Mylio and Apple Photos communicate:

  • When importing your photos, Mylio references the original images. It does not duplicate the image.
  • When importing, Mylio will make a Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview, depending on your setup.
  • If a photo is deleted from Apple Photos before Mylio is opened, the photo will not be imported.
  • If a photo imported from Apple Photos is deleted in Mylio, it will not be deleted in the Apple Photos library but will be deleted from within Mylio on all devices on the account.
  • If a photo is deleted from Apple Photos after being imported to Mylio but before the Original has synced to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain and creates what Mylio calls a Lost Original.
  • Live Photos are properly synced and displayed
  • Portrait mode photos are properly synced and displayed
  • Video effects like Timelapse and Slow-mo are synced and playable in Mylio as long as the videos are stored locally (either in the Photos app or the local Mylio folder).
  • Changes made within Photos post-import will be reflected in Mylio automatically. This includes edits.
  • Metadata added in the Apple Photos application are specific to Apple Photos and are not available for Mylio to import automatically.  Instead, see the other tabs in this support article for exporting your images to include this metadata. This includes modified dates, added keywords, face tags, descriptions, etc…

Import Your Photos Library

  1. Be sure the Photos application is closed.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import icon from the top right corner of Mylio.
  3. Within the Import menu select Aperture / Photos.

  4. Mylio will search for your Photos library automatically. If Your Photos library is not found, select Other Library… and show Mylio where it is.
      Note:  Mylio can only import the System Photo Library on your Mac. If you do not see your Apple Photos library here or have multiple Photos libraries to import, see the  “Granting Mylio access to Apple Photos” tab on this page
  5. Select your Photos Library and click Continue in the bottom right.
  6. Once the information has been confirmed, select Start Import to begin the Photos import.

  7. Mylio will automatically begin to import your Photos library inside a top-level folder named “Apple Photos”. Inside “Apple Photos” will be a folder named after your Photos library.
  8. Once completed, Mylio will display a blue information bar that says “Library Import Completed” and you can close the information window by clicking the “x” in the corner.

 

Importing a Selection of Photos

This guide will walk you through importing a selection of photos or albums from Apple’s Photos. Additionally, you may want to export images using this method if your Mac is not running macOS Catalina or later or if you have more than one Apple Photos library to import.

  Note:   exporting from Photos will create new images with the edits “baked in”. The edits will not be reversible in Mylio.

The first step of moving from Photos to Mylio is to copy your files out of Photos. Note that you are copying photos, so you must have storage space on your machine for these photos.

  1. Open Photos on your Mac.
  2. Select All Photos in the top navigation bar of Photos.
  3. In this view, you should be able to select an individual photo by clicking on it one time. The photo should outline it blue.
  4. Navigate to Edit > Select All to select all images in your Photos library.
  5. With all images outlined in blue, navigate to File > Export.

    You will be given two options…

Exporting all Photos
Exporting all photos allows you to export your photos and it will include your edits directly in the photo. You will not be able to remove your edits.

When exporting all photos if you are unsure of settings, these offer high-quality versions of your photos.

  • Photo Kind: JPEG
  • JPEG Quality: Maximum
  • Color Profile: Original
  • Size: Full Size
  • Include: Both
  • File Name: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name


Exporting Unmodified Originals
Exporting unmodified originals exports all of your photos without any edits that you have made applied to them.

When exporting unmodified originals, use these settings:

  • Export Original: Export IPTC as XMP
  • File Naming: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name
  1. Once completed, select Export. You will be asked where you would like to save your photos.
  1. Locate the Mylio Library (in your home folder by default) and select to export your photos into the Mylio Pictures folder.
  1. Open Mylio, the photos will be imported automatically.

Importing Specific Albums

The first step of moving your albums from Photos to Mylio is to copy your files out of Photos. Note that you are copying photos, so you must have storage on your machine for these photos. If you have already exported all photos to Mylio this will create additional copies of your already exported images.

  1. Open Photos on your Mac.
  2. Select the album(s) that you wish to import into Mylio from the left side of Photos.
  3. With the album open, navigate to the Edit > Select All.
  4. Navigate to File > Export. You will be given two options:

Exporting all Photos
Exporting all photos allows you to export your photos and it will include your edits directly in the photo. You will not be able to remove your edits.

When exporting all photos if you are unsure of settings, these offer high-quality versions of your photos.

  • Photo Kind: JPEG
  • JPEG Quality: Maximum
  • Color Profile: Original
  • Size: Full Size
  • Include: Both
  • File Name: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name

Exporting Unmodified Originals
Exporting unmodified originals exports all of your photos without any edits that you have made applied to them.

When exporting unmodified originals, use these settings:

  • Export Original: Export IPTC as XMP
  • File Naming: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name
  1. Once completed, select Export. You will be asked where you would like to save your photos.
  1. Locate the Mylio Library (in your home folder by default) and select to export your photos into the Mylio Pictures folder.
  1. Open Mylio, the photos will be imported automatically.

Granting Mylio access to Apple Photos

If you are having issues importing your Apple Photos library, the Photos Library currently in use by the Photos app may not be set as the “System Photo Library”. Mylio can only access one “System Photo Library” so make sure that the library you want to use in Mylio is set as the “System Photo Library”.

This can be set in the preferences for Photos. In the top Menu bar of macOS, select Photos->Preferences. In the General tab you will see the “Use as System Photo Library” button.


If the Use as System Photo Library button is not greyed out, then you will need to click that button to make that library the System Photo Library.

  Note:   Switching this setting to try and have Mylio import more than one library is not currently supported. If you need to import additional libraries please see the other tabs on this page explaining how to export the media from Photos to Mylio manually.

Another possible cause that can prevent you from importing to Mylio is that Mylio has not been given permission to access the Photos Library. This needs to be resolved via the macOS System Preferences App. Once System Preferences is opened, select Security & Privacy->Photos and make sure there is a checkmark next to Mylio.

 

Mylio Quick Start Guide

 

 

Welcome to Mylio, the home for your photos, videos, and documents. This guide will help you set up Mylio, add files, and protect them.

 

Download and Sign In on a Computer

 

We recommend starting on a computer, to do this visit mylio.com/get-app to download Mylio. Open the installer. Sign in with an email and password, then verify your email. Alternatively, you can sign in with a preferred third-party on the left.

 

 

 

Add Files using the Setup Wizard 

 

The Setup Wizard helps you add files to Mylio. Click “Add Files”, then choose one of the four options to where your photos are currently stored that you want added to Mylio. Most new users start with “This device”. When you select this option, Mylio checks your computer’s drive for photos. It shows you the folders that have photos and lets you choose which ones you want to consolidate in your Mylio library. This process will not move the photos from their existing locations nor will it duplicate them; it simply presents them in one convenient, unified library. Click the circular ( BEGIN ) button to get started. 

*Click here for a more detailed walkthrough of the Setup Wizard.

 

 

Take the Welcome Tour 

At the end of the Setup Wizard, select the option to “Take the tour”. If you already finished the Setup Wizard, you can relaunch the tour by going to the View menu (the three vertical dots in the top-right), selecting “Help”, and then selecting “Show Welcome Tour”.

 

Add a Protection Device 

Protecting your memories is an integral part of Mylio. To protect your files, your Originals need to be stored on at least one device. This device should have a significant amount of storage space. External drives, NAS devices, and online services like Amazon, OneDrive, or Google Drive make good protection devices. 

You can add a protection device through the Setup wizard or you can open the Mylio Dashboard, and select the “+Add” button

 

 

Sign In to Mylio on Your Mobile Device

 

Mylio is engineered to connect multiple devices. When you add Mylio on your phone and tablet, you’ll be able to manage your library conveniently from those devices. The photos you take on those devices can also be automatically added to Mylio. 

 

To get Mylio on your mobile device, download Mylio from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Sign in with the same email and password (or third-party method) you used on your computer and follow the prompts of the setup wizard. Mylio will sync optimized versions of your files on mobile so you don’t run out of space.

Troubleshooting: Importing with a different Facebook / Social Account

Switching Social Accounts on Mac

  1. Open Mylio and select Settings from the View menu.
  2. Select Account settings.
  3. Locate the “Clear Access” buttons found within this panel for Flickr, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

Switching Social Accounts on Windows

Mylio uses your web browser’s cache and cookie system to hold the username and password for your social accounts.

If you would like to sign in using a different account you can do so by clearing the cache for your operating system’s pre-loaded browser (Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge).

Import with Source Folders

Importing photos into Mylio using the Source Folders option is a quick and easy way to display photos that are already organized on your machine in a view that is familiar but within the Mylio application.

  Warning:  Source folders are not designed to be used with external drives, NAS devices, or folders managed by third-party cloud services. If importing from an external drive, please reference this article’s Add Without Moving section to import properly. Instructions for importing from a NAS can be found here. If importing from cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, or iCloud please use Copy Import instead.

Understanding Source Folders

When choosing which folders to import as Source Folders, Mylio will keep your photos in the original location – meaning they are not being duplicated or moved. Because Mylio is referencing your folders and their contents in the original location, any change made in Mylio will be on your original files.

What does this mean?

  • Deleting photos in Mylio will delete the actual files from the original location in your file system.
  • Moving photos out of the folder and into another folder will move the photo file in your file system.

Adding folders as Source Folders is a great way to import into Mylio if you intend to keep your photos in the same location but use Mylio to track and manage them.

Importing with Source Folders


To proceed with adding a folder as a Source Folder, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Mylio and select open the View Menu (three vertical dots in the top-right)
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Source Folders
  4. Mylio will open a new window that allows you to build your Mylio Library. By default, Mylio will display your machine’s Pictures and Movies folders, as well as the default Mylio Pictures folder.
  5. To add folders, simply select the Add More Folders button at the bottom of this panel and select the folders you would like Mylio to display.
  6. Any folder selected will be added to your Source Folders window and can be toggled on and off. The selected folders will be displayed within Mylio as top-level folders, next to the Mylio Pictures folder.

Removing folders as Source Folders


To remove a folder as a Source Folder and stop tracking its changes, follow these steps:

  1. Open Mylio and select Settings in the View menu.
  2. Select Source Folders.
  3. Mylio will display all of the folders that are part of your Mylio Library. To remove them, simply toggle the folder off.
  4. The folder will remain in the Source Folders settings to be easily toggled back on until you leave the settings window. Once you have left, the folder will no longer be listed.

Safe File System Delete

Mylio’s Safe File System Delete option is designed to ensure your images remain safe on your devices when accidentally deleted from your file system.

When Safe File System Delete is on, the following is true:

  1. If a file is deleted from the File System, it will not be removed from Mylio.
  2. If a file is deleted from the File System, the original file will not be deleted from other Vaults.

Importing from the Photos app on iPhone and iPad

When first logging in to Mylio on your iOS device (iPhone,iPad, or iPod Touch), you will be asked if you would like to import your device’s photos. This includes any photos that you have taken with your iOS device, or any photo manually loaded to your iOS device using iTunes on a computer.

  Warning:  Mylio is not currently compatible with iCloud Photo Library if your library is being optimized by iCloud. To learn more click here.

Importing Photos on iPhone and iPod touch

If during setup you asked Mylio to not import your Camera Roll, you can add it at any time with these steps:

  1. Open Mylio on your iOS device
  2. Select the View menu (three vertical dots in the top right)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Tap Import
  5. Tap Add Apple Photos
  6. Mylio will automatically create a folder for your iOS device next to the “Mylio Pictures” folder called “Apple Photos”. Inside, another folder named “Your_Device’s_Name’s iOS Library” will be the import location for images from that device. If you have other iOS devices importing their photos to Mylio they will have their own folders inside “Apple Photos” with their imports.

Importing Photos on iPad

If during setup you asked Mylio to not import your photos, you can add it at any time with these steps:

  1. Open Mylio on your iOS device
  2. Select the Import button in the top right (the curved down arrow in between the Notifications and Activity Center icon and the Dashboard)
  3. Tap Add Apple Photos
  4. Mylio will automatically create a folder for your device next to the “Mylio Pictures” folder called “Apple Photos”. Inside, another folder named “Your_Device’s_Name’s iOS Library” will be the import location for images from that device. If you have other iOS devices importing their photos to Mylio they will have their own folders inside “Apple Photos” with their imports.

Mylio’s Relationship with Apple Photos

Mylio has a unique relationship with your device’s Camera Roll in order to ensure your photos are safe inside and outside of your Mylio Library. In general, Mylio has read-only access to your Camera Roll. Here are the guidelines for how Mylio and your Camera
Roll communicate:

  • When importing your photos, Mylio references the original images. It does not duplicate the image.
  • When importing, Mylio will make a Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview, depending on your setup.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Apple Photos before Mylio is opened, the photo will not be imported.
  • If a photo taken with your iOS device is deleted from Mylio, it will not delete from the Photos app but will be deleted from within Mylio on all other devices.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Apple Photos after being imported but before the Original has synced to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain as Mylio is simply referencing on the original file.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Photos app after being imported to Mylio and after syncing the original to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain on the iOS device, but the Original will remain in the synced location.

 

Stopping Import from Apple Photos (on mobile)

If you have previously imported photos from your Apple device would like to prohibit Mylio from importing photos in the future, follow these steps:

  1. Outside of Mylio, navigate to Settings > Privacy > Photos.
  2. Locate Mylio in the list of applications that have access to your photos.
  3. Turn off Mylio’s photo access.
  4. Go back into Mylio and select the folder named after your device inside the top-level “Apple Photos” folder.
  5. Delete the folder named after your device to stop Mylio from importing. If you would like the photos in this folder preserved in your Mylio library you can move them to another folder in the app using the Mylio Clipboard first.

Troubleshooting: Using Mylio with iCloud Photo Library

 

iOS Apple Photos using iCloud Photo Library

Before using iCloud Photo Library in concert with Mylio’s Apple Photos import, it is important to set up your devices with the following settings:

  • iCloud Photo library must be set to Download and Keep Originals from within the iOS Settings app. To change this setting:
    1. Open the iOS Settings app
    2. Select your name at the very top
    3. Select iCloud
    4. Select Photos
    5. Select Download and Keep Originals.
    6. If Optimize iPhone storage is on, Mylio will not be able to import without errors
    7. Changing this setting will initiate a download of your images from iCloud and can take time. If you are having issues downloading your images to your mobile device from iCloud please contact Apple Support.

  •  Apple Photos import in Mylio should only be turned on for one of the devices sharing your iCloud Photo Library. Importing more than one Camera Roll will result in duplicate images. To change Mylio’s access to an iOS device’s camera roll:
    1.  Open the iOS  Settings app
    2. Select Privacy
    3. Select Photos
    4. Select Mylio
    5. Allowing Read/Write privileges will turn on Mylio’s Camera Roll import feature.
    6. Choosing Never will stop future Camera Roll photos from importing to Mylio but will not remove any existing media from Mylio’s library.

Mylio has a unique relationship with your device’s Camera Roll in order to ensure your photos are safe inside and outside of your Mylio Library. Here are the guidelines for how Mylio and your Camera Roll communicate:

  • When importing your photos, Mylio references the original images. It does not duplicate the image.
  • When importing, Mylio will make a Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview, depending on your setup.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Camera Roll before Mylio is opened, the photo will not be imported.
  • If a photo taken with your iOS device is deleted from Mylio, it will not delete from the Camera Roll but will be deleted from within Mylio on all other devices.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Camera Roll after being imported but before the Original has synced to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain as Mylio is simply referencing on the original file.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Camera Roll after being imported and after syncing the original to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain on the iOS device, but the Original will remain in the synced location.

 

macOS Apple Photos Library using iCloud

Before using iCloud Photo Library in concert with Mylio’s Apple Photos import on a Mac, it is important to set up your devices with the following settings:

  • Open Apple Photos
  • Select Photos->Preferences from the menu bar in very top right of your computer screen
  • Select the iCloud tab
  • Select “Download Originals to this Mac”

Apple Photos import in Mylio should only be used for one of the devices sharing your iCloud Photo Library. Importing from more than one device that is sharing your iCloud Photo Library will result in duplicate images. To remove Mylio’s access to your Mac’s Photo Library:

  • Open Mylio and navigate to the “Apple Photos” top-level folder
  • Select the folder named after the macOS Photos library that you have imported and delete it from Mylio
  • This will remove any photos inside the folder so be sure that they are unwanted duplicates before removing.

Troubleshooting: File Type Support

Mylio supports a wide range of photo, video, and document formats. The table below outlines if a file type is supported and it’s level of compatibility. File types can have five levels of compatibility:

  • Import: These file types can be imported into the Mylio library.
  • Replicate: Mylio can sync these files between devices.
  • View: Mylio can view these file types in the app. Please see Video Support, below, for additional details on how Mylio utilizes videos.
  • Edit: Mylio can make edits to these file types.
  • RAW Support: A photo’s ability to be imported into Mylio is dependent on the camera that is used to take the photo. If you are shooting in RAW, please see this list to ensure your camera is supported.

Video Support

While all versions of Mylio allow for the importing and viewing of videos, only the Android version of Mylio will play videos directly from within the Mylio application.

Mylio for Mac, Windows, and iOS will use your device’s default video viewer to playback videos. This means that some videos may not play properly if your computer’s native video viewer is not designed to play that video format. For instance, MPEG files may not play properly when synced to a Mac that has Quicktime as the native video player. Please note that changing the default video player in your operating system will not change the video playback application that Mylio uses at this time.

Android devices have a smaller range of supported videos as Android’s supported core video formats are more limited. While video files will still sync to an Android device, they may not playback as expected. To troubleshoot video playback on Android devices, please see this article.

 

 File Type Support

File Type
Import
Replicate
View
Edit
Notes
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tiffTRUETRUETRUETRUE
gifTRUETRUETRUETRUE
pngTRUETRUETRUETRUE
bmpTRUETRUETRUETRUE
thmTRUETRUETRUETRUE
psbTRUETRUETRUEMust be in MAXIMUM COMPATIBILITY mode
pdfTRUETRUETRUE
psdTRUETRUETRUEMust be in MAXIMUM COMPATIBILITY mode
heifTRUETRUETRUETRUEMust be decoded by Apple devices
hevfTRUETRUETRUETRUEMust be decoded by Apple devices
textTRUETRUETRUETRUEFiles can be edited directly within Mylio
txtTRUETRUETRUETRUEFiles can be edited directly within Mylio
movTRUETRUE
wmvTRUETRUE
mp4TRUETRUE
aviTRUETRUE
mtsTRUETRUE
mkvTRUETRUE
m4vTRUETRUE
mpgTRUETRUE
mpegTRUETRUE
asfTRUETRUE
rmTRUETRUE
modTRUETRUE
3gpTRUETRUE
3g2TRUETRUE
dngTRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support
cr2TRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support
nefTRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support
nrwTRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support
orfTRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support
rw2TRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support
rafTRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support
pefTRUETRUETRUETRUECamera support: http://mylio.com/support/raw-support

Importing Photos From a Camera or SD Card

Mylio will automatically detect if a camera or SD card has been plugged into your system. Once detected, the import option for your device will open automatically. 

  Note:   you can toggle off the automatic SD card import dialog from Settings > General > Show “Import SD Card” Dialog

If a camera or SD is connected and you are not prompted to import, you can manually locate the camera and import it with these steps:

Import from Camera

  1. Connect your camera directly to your computer.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import button from the top right corner.
  3. Select SD Card, then select your camera’s SD card from the list of import devices.
  4. Mylio will display the import options for your SD card. This includes:
    1. Exclude suspected Duplicates – Mylio will not import images that it believes has already been imported into your library.
    2. Delete Files After Import – Mylio will delete the images from your camera after they’ve been imported into your library.
    3. Additional import options are available as advanced import options.
  5. Once your options are set, select Continue.
  6. You can now select the folder where you would like the photos imported.
  7. Your photos will import automatically into the selected folder.

Import from SD Card

  1. Insert your storage card directly into your machine or into the USB dongle.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import button from the top right corner.
  3. Select SD Card, then select your the name of the SD card from the list of import devices.
  4. Mylio will display the import options for your SD card. This includes:
    1. Exclude suspected Duplicates – Mylio will not import images that it believes has already been imported into your library.
    2. Delete Files After Import – Mylio will delete the images from your camera after they’ve been imported into your library.
    3. Additional import options are available as advanced import options.
  5. Once your options are set, select Continue.
  6. You can now select the folder where you would like the photos imported.

Importing Google Photos and Picasa Photos

Import from Google or Picasa Online Libraries

Importing from Google web services like Picasa or Google Photos is easy with Mylio’s Google import tool. This tool allows you to select any album that is stored in Picasa on the web or Google Photos for import to Mylio.

  Note:   If your photos are currently in the standalone Picasa application and you have not transitioned to Google Photos, you may wish to manually export from Picasa into Mylio to retain additional data. See the Importing from Picasa Application tab in this article.

Picasa and Google Photo Import Limitations

Google has implemented restrictions that may not allow Mylio to import all data. For instance:

  1. Google does not allow the importing of shared albums or Google-made albums (videofication albums, and more).
  2. Mylio may not decode and display all RAW photos as expected.
  3. Photos stored in Google Drive, outside of Picasa or Google Photos, are not accessible to Mylio.
  4. Google does not allow access to your photo archives. If your photos have been moved to Google’s archive from Picasa, you will need to download them directly from Google and import using the Copy or Source Folders commands.

Metadata and Edits

Metadata between Picasa / Google Photos and Mylio is generally retained as expected, with some exceptions:

  1. Edits done in Picasa / Google Photos are retained when downloaded into Mylio but are “baked in”. This means edits are permanent in the downloaded version and cannot be undone or modified (additional Mylio edits can be made).
  2. Date changes in Picasa and Google Photos are not retained when downloading to Mylio. The original Capture Date of the image will be used.
  3. Description in Picasa and Google Photos are retained as Captions in Mylio.
  4. Location data in Picasa and Google Photos may be lost when downloading to Mylio.

Importing Picasa and Google Photos into Mylio

  1. Open Mylio and select the Import button in the top right corner.
  2. From the Import menu, select online Services.

  1. Select Picasa / Google Photos.
  2. You will be prompted to type in your Google email address and password.
  3. Google will confirm that you wish to allow for Mylio to manage your photos and videos. This is required for Mylio to access your media. Select Allow to proceed.
  4. Mylio will ask which Google albums you wish to import. Select the albums you want to import to Mylio and then Continue.

  1. Select the location that you wish to import your photos to. This can be an existing folder or you can create a new folder by selecting New Folder.
  2. Mylio will begin importing your photos from Google Photos or Picasa.

 

Importing from Multiple Google Photos Accounts

If you have multiple Google Photos accounts you would like to import from, you will first need to sign out of the current Google account in Mylio. To do this:

  1. Open the View menu (three vertical dots in the top right) in Mylio
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Account
  4. Select Clear Google Photo Access
  5. Follow the steps above in the previous section to import from a different Google Photos account.

This process will not remove any imported photos from Mylio, but instead, allow you to authorize Mylio to import from a different Google account when following the steps above.

Importing From Picasa Application

This article will walk you through exporting your images from the Picasa application while preserving as much of your current organization, edits, and metadata as possible. If you have transitioned to Google Photos or do not use the Picasa application, you may wish to import with Mylio’s Picasa / Google Photos Import Tool. There are two distinct ways of exporting your images from Picasa, both with their own advantages and disadvantages. Both methods will preserve the following information:

  • Tags – imported into Mylio as Keywords.
  • Caption – imported into Mylio as Caption.
  • Location – imported into Mylio as Map locations.
  • Face Tags – imported into Mylio as People (See Preserving Face Tagging within this article).

When deciding on which import option is best for you, the main differentiator is whether you wish to permanently retain edits to your photos or discard all edits you have made.

Import Images from Finder / File Explorer (Discard Edits)

Edits in Picasa are stored as proprietary files that other applications cannot read. By importing your photos directly from Finder or File Explorer you can import the original image directly into Mylio. This file will not include edits you have made previously.

  1. Open Picasa and display the left panel.
  2. Locate the list of folders you have in Picasa.
  3. To view the location of this folder, right click on the folder (control+click on Mac) and select Show in Finder / File Explorer.
  4. Picasa will display the location of this folder. If all folders in Picasa are stored inside one parent folder, take note of the location of the parent folder. Otherwise, take note of the location of this specific folder.
  5. You have two distinct import options:
    1. Copy – This option will duplicate all selected file and folders into the Mylio Library.
    2. Source Folders – This option allows you to have Mylio watch folder(s) in their original location. Deleting or moving a file will affect the original file.
  6. Once your import option has been selected, choose the parent folder of all of your images or the specific folder you would like to import.
  7. If you are importing a specific folder and not a parent folder of all images, repeat steps 1-5 for each folder you have in Picasa, using the same import command each time.

Once finished, all of your images will be viewable and editable in Mylio with keywords, captions, map, and people viewable in the Details panel.

Export Images from Picasa to Mylio (Retain Edits Permanently)

If you would like to retain all of your edits in Picasa you can do so by exporting your images into Mylio. This process will “bake in” the edits to your photo, making them permanent. You will not be able to alter or remove the current edits to your photo but your edits will be viewable inside and outside of Mylio. When following these steps, please be sure to already have Mylio installed on your computer.

  Note:  these steps require that you have enough space on your machine to duplicate all Picasa photos.
  Note:  These steps can also be used to export specific albums or people to Mylio. Simply select the desired album or person in step 2 below.
  1. Open Picasa and display the left panel.
  2. Locate the list of folders you have in Picasa.
  3. Select the top folder you would like to export to Mylio. Note that each folder must be exported individually.
  4. With the folder selected, press Command+a (Mac) or Control+a (Windows) to select all photos in that folder.
  5. Select Export at the bottom of Picasa.
  6. In the Export location field select Browse… and locate the Mylio Library folder. This is in your user folder by default and simply called Mylio.
  7. Open the Mylio Library folder and open the Mylio Pictures folder within it. Choose this location to export your photos.
  8. Once confirmed, ensure that the “Name of exported folder” field in Picasa matches the folder you are exporting.
  9. Set Image size to Use original size.
  10. Set Image quality to Automatic.
  11. Select Export.
  12. Picasa will export all selected photos into the Mylio Pictures folder. Once exported, the photos will be viewable in Mylio automatically with edits and transferrable metadata.

Preserving Face Tagging

If you have face tagged your photos in Picasa and wish for that information to be available in Mylio, you must tell Picasa to store this information in the image itself. To do this:

  1. Open Picasa and open Picasa preferences from the Picasa > Preferences menu on Mac or Edit > Preferences on Windows.
  2. Navigate to the Name Tags tab.
  3. Check the Store name tags in photos option.
  4. Navigate to the Tools menu and then Experimental.
  5. Select Write faces to XMP…
  6. Picasa warns that this action may take a long time. When ready, select Write All.

Picasa will now store all tagged faces in your photo’s metadata. When importing into Mylio this information will be available.

Importing Aperture Library Photos

Importing Full Aperture Library

Mylio makes moving your entire Aperture Library quick and easy. Mylio’s Aperture import tool includes the ability to bring over the vast majority of information found within your Aperture Library. For a complete list of what is and what is not imported from Aperture to Mylio, please see the “Aperture Edits in Mylio” tab of this article.

  Note:  Mylio requires Aperture version 3.6 to run the ‘Aperture’ import command. Please update Aperture from the App Store if you’re not running version 3.6.

Import your Aperture Library

  1. Be sure that the Aperture Application is closed.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import button from the top right corner.
  3. Select Aperture / Photos.
  4. Mylio will search for your Aperture library automatically. If your Aperture library is not found, select Other Library… and navigate to your Aperture.
  5. Select your Aperture library and click Continue in the bottom right.
  6. Information about your Aperture library will be displayed automatically.

  Note:  Mylio is creating a copy of your Aperture Library, so “Available Disk Space” field must be larger than the “Library Size” field.

  1. Once the information has been confirmed, select Start Import to begin the Aperture import.
  2. Mylio will automatically begin to import your Aperture library. If you would like to continue working in Mylio while Aperture imports, you can click the minimize size (-) in the top left of the Import menu. If minimized, the status of the import can be seen in the Activity section of the Sync panel.
  3. Once completed, Mylio will display a blue information bar that says “Library Import Completed. See details…” Click here to learn specifics about your Aperture migration including any keywords, edited media, and more.
  4. By default, the Aperture library will be placed outside, but next to, the Mylio Pictures folder. Since a copy command was performed you can choose to move this folder into your Mylio Pictures if desired.

Importing Partial Aperture Library

Aperture libraries hold a lot of valuable data like your edits, your tags, and your keywords. This information is important in your transition to Mylio. We’ve created the Aperture migration tool to make sure all of this important information comes with you. But what if you don’t want your full Aperture Library, just some select images or projects? This guide will show you how to import a limited set of photos from Aperture to Mylio.

Exporting a Project to Mylio

Exporting a project to Mylio is easy, but requires enough space to store the projects individually exported as the storage will be doubled on your machine. This means that the projects you want will be copied out of Aperture, requiring additional hard disk space. Once you have verified you have the needed space, follow these steps…

  1. Open Aperture.
  2. In Projects view, select the projects you want to export into Mylio.
  3. Within Aperture, navigate to File > Export > Project as New Library.Aperture_ExportProject
  4. Save your Library somewhere that you can access easily, and be sure that “Copy Originals into Exported Library” and “Show alert when finished” are checked.Aperture_ExportProjectDialogue
  5. Once Aperture alerts you that it has finished, you can now import this limited library into Mylio using our import wizard. This limited library will continue to hold your valuable edit information without permanently writing it to your files.

Exporting Albums to Mylio

Exporting albums from Aperture to Mylio is easy but requires enough space to store the albums you want to individually export doubled on your machine. This means that the albums you want will be copied out of Aperture, requiring additional hard disk space. Once you have verified you have the needed space, follow these steps:

  1. Open Aperture.
  2. Select the albums you want to export into Mylio.
  3. Within Aperture, navigate to File > Export > Items as New Library.
    Support_ExportApertureAlbums
  4. Save your Library somewhere that you can access easily, and be sure that “Copy Originals into Exported Library” and “Show alert when finished” are checked.
    Aperture_ExportProjectDialogue
  5. Once Aperture alerts you that it has finished, you can now import this limited library into Mylio using our import wizard. This library will continue to hold your valuable edit information without permanently writing it to your files.

Aperture Edits in Mylio

When running Mylio’s automatic Aperture import, there may be some data in Aperture that does not translate directly to Mylio. Below is a list of information that Mylio does and does not support.

 

 Aperture  Mylio
Rating Rating
 Keywords Keywords
 Color Labels Color Label
 Flag Flag
 Title Title
 Caption Caption
 Copyright Copyright
 Edit – Crop  Crop
 Edit – Rotate Rotate
 Edit – Exposure Exposure
 Edit – Saturation Saturation
 Edit – Contrast Contrast
 Edit – Vibrance Vibrance
 Edit – Temp Temp
 Edit – Tint Tint
 Edit – Shadow Shadow
 Edit – Sharpen  Sharpen
 Edit – Black & White Black and White
 Edit – Definition Definition
 Edit – Highlight Highlight
 Projects Folders
 Albums Albums
 Face tag People
 GPS Location
 Versions Not Currently Supported
 Stacks Not Currently Supported
 Rejects Not Currently Supported
 Hidden Files Not Currently Supported