One of the joys of photographing in the digital future we already live in is that we have something close to infinite depth: massive online storage in the form of SSDs (expensive but fast) and hard drives (very cheap). , but slowly). . It’s a natural combination to want to make some of the millions of photos you’ve taken available on Apple TV for viewing, slideshows, or screen savers.
Apple makes it both simple and complex at the same time. Configuration is easy, but searching for options is not! And with the arrival of macOS 13 Ventura this year, there are three different places to find the appropriate settings compared to the last few releases of macOS:
On macOS 10.14 Mojave and earlier: Mojave and earlier versions of macOS rely on iTunes to share Apple TV photos. Open iTunes, go to File > Home Sharing > Select Photos to Share with Apple TV.
On macOS 10.15 Catalina to 12 Monterey: Go to System settings > ExchangeCheck Media exchange. To choose Media exchangeverify Home Exchange (if it’s not already installed), authenticate when prompted, and check the “Share photos with Apple TV” box. Click To choose.
On macOS 13 Ventura (beta): Go to System settings > General > Exchange. turn on Media exchange. Click the i information icon to the right of Media Sharing and select Home Sharing and Share Photos with Apple TV. Click To choose.
Luckily, the dialog box that appears in each of the above cases is nearly identical. From it you can make several options:
Application or folder: The Share Photos From menu displays iPhoto (in supported versions of macOS) and photos. You can also select “Choose Folder”.
Which Items: With the app, you can select “All Photos and Albums” or “Selected Albums” and then check smart and hand-crafted albums and “People” albums below. Once you select a folder, you can select “All Folders” or “Selected Folders” and then make your selection below.
Video or not: You can enable movies by checking the Enable video box.
While you can select a folder, you cannot select an alternate photo library: you can only select items from the one marked as your system library in Photos.
(To install the system library, exit Photos, then hold down the Option key and launch it again. Select a library other than your system library. Go to Photos > Settings > General and click Use as system library. This resets iCloud Photos, so consider this carefully before proceeding.)
On Apple TV:
open Computers Appendix.
Select a shared library.
Select A photo tab (It may take some time between uploading photos from your Mac and items appearing in the Photos tab for large libraries.)
A slideshow of recent images will appear on the main screen. To choose A photo or Albums.
You can then choose to play a slideshow in the Photos view or any Albums view, or set the view as your Apple TV screensaver.
If you want to set up your Apple TV to view images stored in iCloud Photos, it’s much easier: see this Apple Support note to learn how to set up the Photos app on your Apple TV.
This Mac 911 article is in response to a question posed by Macworld reader Yahya.
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