Having recently moved my entire photo collection to iCloud Photo Library, I noticed that some of my photos showed a wrong date and time. As someone who’s pretty anal about these sorts of details, I couldn’t let that fly and decided to adjust the time and date of photos that showed the wrong timestamp. In this tutorial, I will show you how to change the date and time of pictures in Photos for Mac, for either one or multiple images at once.

Why are my photos showing the wrong date and time?

These pictures showing wrong timestamp were probably taken a while ago with a digital camera whose date and time had not been set properly. This problem happens less and less often nowadays as people use their cellphones to shoot video, and cellphones typically have the time and time set automatically.

How to change the date and time of a photo

In order to change the capture date of a photo or video in the Photos app on your Mac, follow these simple instructions:

1) In the Photos app, select the photo for which you want to change date and time by clicking on it. If you want to adjust the date for multiple images, simply hold the Command key while selecting the photos.

2) In the menu bar, click on Image, the select Adjust Data and Time…

3) Using your keyboard, adjust the date, including month, day, and year, as well as the time the photo was taken as you see fit. Click the blue Adjust button to finalize the change.

If you selected multiple photos or videos, the app will batch change the date and time for all of them.

For me, the challenging thing is not to adjust the timestamps but rather to remember what year, let alone what day some of my photos were taken. Hopefully you’ll have a better memory than I do about that.

  • Aman kapoor
    • Alexander Pribula

      Have you never seen the word used in this context before? This must have been quite the shock for you

  • Omar Hernandez

    Is there any way to do this on the iPhone?

    • Bruce Milyko

      There are several apps that allow you to edit the metadeta (including time/date) in photos on your phone. Just do a search on metadata in the app store.

  • Dan8

    Doesn’t work even with the latest OS X. Some files are changed some are not. Apple needs to fix this long time problem.

  • Judy Shearing

    It worked for me as I had 2018 instead of 2017, so it changed them and put them in correct date order. I had the wrong year on my camera when I took the photos!
    Now I just have to figure how to change the yer in my par pro!

  • Cameron Hunt

    THANKS SO MUCH, it was irritating as all my photos were one date. Now I can change them all together instead of going through every single one individually!

  • Nobumasa

    I still have problems following the instruction listed above, because some of my photos were taken prior to the year 2000. When I tried to type the year of the last century, the program does not take it. Are there any way to get around? Thank you for your help.