Where Is the Pictures Folder on a Mac?

Last Updated: Feb 9, 2024 by

If you’re new to using a Mac, you may be wondering where to find your pictures folder. Unlike Windows, Macs have a slightly different file structure, which can be confusing for new users. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you find your pictures folder on a Mac.

The Basics of Mac File Structure

Before we dive into the specifics of finding your pictures folder, it’s important to understand the basics of Mac file structure. Unlike Windows, Macs do not have a “My Documents” folder. Instead, all of your files are stored in the “Documents” folder, which can be found in the Finder. This is where you will find all of your documents, including pictures, videos, and other files.

Finding the Pictures Folder

To find your pictures folder on a Mac, you will need to open the Finder. This can be done by clicking on the Finder icon in your dock, or by pressing Command + Space and typing in “Finder.” Once the Finder is open, you will see a list of folders on the left-hand side. Look for the “Documents” folder and click on it.

Once you are in the Documents folder, you will see a list of all the files and folders stored there. Look for a folder called “Pictures” and click on it. This is where all of your pictures are stored on your Mac.

Changing the Location of Your Pictures Folder

If you prefer to have your pictures stored in a different location, you can easily change the location of your pictures folder on a Mac. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Finder and go to the “Documents” folder.
  2. Right-click on the “Pictures” folder and select “Get Info.”
  3. In the window that opens, click on the folder icon at the top.
  4. Press Command + C to copy the folder icon.
  5. Go to the new location where you want your pictures folder to be stored.
  6. Press Command + V to paste the folder icon.
  7. A window will pop up asking if you want to replace the current folder with the new one. Click “Replace.”

Now, whenever you save a picture on your Mac, it will automatically be stored in the new location you selected.

Using iCloud to Store Your Pictures

If you use iCloud to store your pictures, you may be wondering where they are located on your Mac. By default, iCloud stores your pictures in the “Photos” app. To access your iCloud pictures on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Photos” app on your Mac.
  2. Click on the “Photos” tab at the top.
  3. Your iCloud pictures will be displayed here.

You can also access your iCloud pictures through the Finder by going to the “iCloud Drive” folder and then selecting the “Photos” folder.


Now that you know where to find your pictures folder on a Mac, you can easily access and manage your pictures. Whether you prefer to keep them in the default location or change it to a different folder, you now have the knowledge to do so. Happy organizing!

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