The purpose of the iCloud Photo Stream is to have all of your images synchronize automatically in all of your devices for easy access whenever we are. Once you turn on the iCloud Photo Stream every photo you take will be uploaded to your iCloud (Using your mobile data or Wifi ) and shared across all of your selected devices. This feature is available for all Apple devices, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Apple Tv, and some others such as Windows PC.
iCloud Photo Stream
There are many ways to activate your Photo Stream and it depends on your iOS or Operative system –
- In iOS 11
In iCloud: Go to Settings > tap on iCloud > scroll down and tap on My Photo Stream.
Go to Settings: Go to Settings > scroll down and tap on Photos > turn on My Photo Stream if it is closed.
- In iOS 8
Go to Settings from your home screen -> iCloud>Photos -> Turn on My Photo Stream
- In iOS 7
Go to Settings from your home screen -> Photos & Camera -> Turn on My Photo Stream
- In Apple TV
Press the button at the center of your Apple TV remote and follow the instructions on the screen. Enter your Apple ID and password and go to iCloud Photo Settings -> Press center button once again -> Turn on My Photo Stream -> Press center button again
- Macbook using iPhoto
Open the iPhoto app -> Source List -> iCloud -> Use iCloud
If you change your mind or wish to change anything, open your iPhoto app -> Preferences -> iCloud
- Macbook using Aperture
Open the Aperture app -> Preferences -> iCloud -> Switch My Photo Stream on
Setting Up iCloud Photo Stream on Mac
If you want to setting up iCloud photo stream on Mac, then it is very easy. You can perform this with very few steps.
- Open System Preference
- Click on iCloud
- Check Photo Stream
- Click on Option to right of photo stream
- Check mark on My photo stream and Automatic Import
iCloud Photo Stream on Windows PC
For iCloud photo stream on Windows PC, you will need iCloud for Windows.
- Open iCloud for Windows and Setup your iCloud account
- Check Photos
- Click on option to check My photo stream and Automatic Import
Another commodity that comes with this feature is the ability to Share My Photo Stream, through this we will be able to share our pictures and videos simultaneously with our selected family and friends. This feature is a great time saver when it comes to sharing party pictures etc, it will save the hassle of creating multiple emails or messages to share all of the photos. Also, once you have shared the images and/or videos the people whom you shared it with have the ability to post comments and add additional pictures and videos to the same album. Here is how to activate this :
- Select edit and choose the pictures and videos that you wish to share
- Create a new shared folder or add the pictures to a pre-existing one
- Invite your friends/family to subscribe to the shared folder and you’re all set
There are several limitations that come with iCloud Photo Sharing in general, you can take as many pictures and videos as your device’s GB allow you to but you are only allowed to upload 1,000 photos to your Photo Stream per hour, up to 10,000 per day and up to 25,000 per month. Given those very kind limitations most of us will be just fine.