Can’t Find Pictures Folder on Big Sur Mac?

Can you no longer find your Pictures folder after upgrading to macOS Big Sur or buying a Mac with Big Sur preinstalled? In older versions of macOS, you could navigate to the Pictures folder by clicking {your-name} under Favorites in Finder. Although it’s been hidden now, you can easily bring it back.

Here’s how:

In Finder’s top menu, click Go > Home. You’ll see a number of folders including Pictures.

Pictures folder in macOS Big Sur
Finding the Pictures folder in macOS Big Sur

Simply drag and drop it into the sidebar under Favorites. Done!

(Another way to do this: Finder > Preferences > Sidebar > add a check mark to Pictures.)

PS: If you are looking for the Pictures folder, you probably want to access your Photos Library by right-clicking and selecting Get Info? To find out what lies within your Photos library and how to access it safely, read this short article.