how to use iPhotos instead of photos mac

If you’ve been an Apple fan from the very beginning, you must surely remember the iPhoto application. This application allowed you to import, organize, edit, print, and share digital photos. iPhoto was included with every Mac purchase, since as early as 2002. However, in 2015, much to the dismay of many Apple enthusiasts, iPhoto was discontinued, and replaced by the Photos application, you’ll find on your iPad or iPhone.

While Apple continues to update the Photos application, and it is without a doubt, the future of digital photo manipulation, some Apple users may miss the familiarity of iPhoto. Currently the new Photos application doesn’t have all the features iPhoto initially had, and so, its understandable why users would want to revert to using iPhoto.

Unfortunately, only those who before installing OS X 10.10.3, had been using iPhoto version 9.6, and a previous version of OS X Yosemite, can revert back to using iPhoto. Though it’s possible and very easy to revert, assuming you’ve met the aforementioned criteria, bear in mind that iPhoto no longer receives updates, and will soon enough, stop being supported altogether.

Essentially, by reverting back to iPhoto, you’re only stalling until you have to eventually give in, and start using the Photos application. Nonetheless, if you wish to go back and enjoy the old days while you can, follow the instructions below to use iPhoto instead of the Photos application, on your Mac.

Revert to iPhoto

As stated above, you need to have been using iPhoto version 9.6 and OS X Yosemite, before installing the 10.10.3 update on your Mac, in order to revert to iPhoto. If your Mac meets these requirements, follow the instructions below to continue.

1. Launch Finder.

Navigate to your Applications folder

2. Navigate to your Applications folder.

3. Locate iPhoto 9.6.

4. Drag the iPhoto 9.6 icon to the Trash.

5. Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen.

Click on App Store

6. Click on App Store.

Click on the Purchases tab

7. Click on the Purchases tab. You’ll find this tab towards the top of the window, in the center.

8. Locate iPhoto amongst your purchases.

9. Click on Install next to the iPhoto application. The Install button will be towards the right of the application.

Please wait while the App Store downloads iPhoto to your Mac. iPhoto version 9.6.1 will be downloaded, and will work with OS X Yosemite version 10.10.3. The process may take some time. Please remain patient. Once the application has downloaded, continue following the instructions below.

1. Launch Finder.

2. Navigate to your Applications folder.

3. Launch iPhoto 9.6.1.

When you launch iPhoto, you’ll receive a message letting you know that if you open your photo library using iPhoto, any changes you make won’t save in the Photos application. This may be very confusing if you would like to use both the Photos application and iPhoto at the same time.

Please read this message carefully, and only continue if you are okay with this condition. For future references, you’ll be able to import your current iPhoto library into Photos, when you’re ready to begin using the Photos application.

1. Click on the Open iPhoto button.

That’s all you had to do. You’ve now reverted back to iPhoto and can carry out all of your usual activities before you installed the latest version of macOS. While you may now be wary of downloading software updates for your Mac, please ensure that you nonetheless, always keep your Mac up to date. While it’s true that sometimes with software updates, Apple removes features or applications we once enjoyed, software updates are for your benefit.

It’s normal for software updates to contain bugs and mistakes, and by continuing to use an old software version, you may actually be harming your Mac. Luckily, Apple is continuously releasing subsequent updates that then resolve the bugs and mistakes that were created on prior updates.

By updating the software on your Mac, you may be solving many problems that you didn’t even know you had. Whenever there’s a problem on your Mac, the solution is usually found when you update your software. Admittedly though, it’s possible that by updating the software on your Mac, one day maybe you’ll no longer be able to use iPhoto, as you are now, if you followed the instructions in this article.

However, it’s expected anyway, that soon enough Apple will update the Photos application to the extent that it surpasses iPhoto. For this reason, you should remain open to using the new software services Apple offers, and not consistently stick to what’s familiar. All in all, enjoy iPhoto for now, however, please continue to keep the software on your Mac up to date, and familiarize yourself with the new Photos application, as it may soon be the only option you have left, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.