How to Fix the “Photos Cannot Load Adjustments for This Image” Error

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Wondering what to do with the numerous photos and videos taken on your camera during your dream vacation? Learn how to store, organize and manage them effectively.

Enter Mac’s Photos app.

The Photos App

Photos is a handy app designed for organizing, storing, and viewing photos and videos, so you can easily find and revisit them when you feel like reliving the memories.

When you fire up the app for the first time, you will see a glimpse of your photo library with all your media files imported. You will also have a quick tutorial on how to use the app’s features and tools. fools. Lastly, you will learn how to make memories tangible through real-life objects, such as photo books and calendars.

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Once you have completed the app tour, you can begin importing your photos and videos.

Issues with the Photos App

Although Photos seems like a flawless app, it occasionally encounters problems, including app crashes, failed app launches, failed media imports, missing thumbnails, and the “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” error.

Well, if you’ve come across any of the problems above, fret not because there are many ways to solve them. And in this post, we will share with you some proven fixes and what to do with the error message “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image”.

5 Ways to Fix the “Photos Cannot Load Adjustments for This Image” Error

Are you getting the error “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” on your Mac? You are not alone. Many Mac users are getting the same error message for you. But there’s no reason to be sad because we have created this article just for you.

But before you even do anything, we suggest that you create a backup of your library first. This backup will come in handy when complications arise. Don’t just rely on iCloud Photos. You may choose to use Time Machine, a third-party backup solution, or an external drive.

Once you have a backup file, you may work your way below until you find a fix and get rid of the “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” error message:

Fix #1: Be sure that your Photos app is up to date

Yes, the Photos app is part of macOS. So, when macOS updates are installed, the app should also be updated. This also means that installing these updates will help fix and prevent any problems on your Mac, including the “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” error.

Fix #2: Use the Media Browser

Are the photos and videos on the Photos app not showing? You can use the Media Browser instead to make the pictures from the library available in other apps like iMovie.

It is worth noting, though, that Media Browser will only show the contents of the Photos library that is specifically designated as the System Photo Library. Therefore, if you have plenty of media libraries, and the one that you’re currently using is not set as the System Photo Library, there is a chance that your media files won’t show.

Should you want to set your current Photos library as the System Photo Library, here’s what you should do:

  1. Go to Photos and select Preferences.
  2. Click General located at the top-most portion of the Preferences
  3. Click Use as System Photo Library.

Fix #3: Use the Photos library tool

If you still haven’t fixed the “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” error, try using the Photos library repair tool. Many Mac users have found success in resolving the problem with this fix.

See below for a detailed guide on how to use the Photos library repair tool:

  1. Press and hold down the Option and Command keys while opening the Photos
  2. A dialog box should appear now. Click Repair to begin the repair process.
  3. If prompted, enter your user account password to authorize the repair process.
  4. The library repair tool will then analyze the Photos library’s database. It will automatically fix any issues it finds and detects. Depending on the library size, the process might take time. Once completed, the “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” error should be gone.

Fix #4: Scan your Mac

Often times, problems arise due to junk files that have accumulated on your Mac. To delete them, you have the option to do it manually or tap into a reliable third-party Mac cleaning tool designed to scan your system and delete unwanted files.

Of course, we’d recommend using the latter option as manually deleting files on your Mac is quite risky, especially if you are not familiar with the files you are dealing with.

Fix #5: Contact Apple Support

If the “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” error still keeps showing, your last resort is to contact Apple Support.


The next time you encounter the “Photos cannot load adjustments for this image” error on your Mac, you already know what to do. You may update macOS first to update the Photos app as well. You can also use the Media Browser or the Photos library tool. If nothing works, contact Apple Support right away. Apple’s Support team is always more than willing to help you with your Mac-related problems.

Which of the fixes above worked for you? Share your experience in the comments!

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