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Multiple Albums of the Same People in Photos? How to Combine Them on iPhone or Mac

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The People album in the Photos app on Apple devices serves a great purpose by helping you browse through pictures of different people. Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac relies on facial recognition software to sort through photos in your gallery to create the albums. But it doesn't always do so perfectly.

While syncing photos between multiple Apple devices, Photos might mistakenly create multiple albums for the same person. This can also happen if you've got particularly blurry pictures of someone or if they change their look with a new hairstyle, glasses, or facial hair.

If that happens, here's how you can fix it by merging multiple people together in the Photos app on your iPhone or Mac.

How to Merge Multiple People in Photos on an iPhone or iPad

Luckily, it's easy to fix duplicate people albums in Photos by merging them together. You can even merge People albums for totally different people into one, if you want to create one album for your entire family or group of friends. Follow these steps to merge different People albums into one on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Photos and go to Albums > People album and tap Select.
  2. Select on the profiles you want to merge together.
  3. In the bottom-right corner, tap Merge.
  4. A popup will appear asking if they're the same person. Tap Yes (even if they aren't and you want to merge them anyway).

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How to Merge Multiple People in Photos on a Mac

The same error of having multiple profiles for one person can also occur on a Mac, especially if you're syncing photos between your iPhone and Mac.

The way to combine albums on a Mac is similar to merging albums on an iPhone or iPad. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Open the Photos app on your Mac and click People in the sidebar.
  2. Select all the profiles you want to merge together.
  3. Control-click one group.
  4. From the list of actions, select Merge X People.
  5. Click Yes to confirm that these are the same person (even if they aren't and you want to merge them anyway).
Merge 2 People option in Photos app

Read More: Ways to Fix iCloud Photos Not Syncing on Your Mac

Sort Through Your Photos by People

Merging multiple albums is quick and easy to do. The steps are the same on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac. All you have to do is select the profiles you want to merge together, then choose to Merge them together.

Merging albums of people will ensure your gallery is organized and error-free. Or you can use the option to create an album of a specific group of people together, though it's usually best to use the Search feature for that.

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