iCloud My Photo Stream: 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. In this article, we are going to talk about setting up My photo stream on Mac and Windows device.
If you are a Apple product users, you can sign up for iCloud account and syncing and backing up your data across the devices. You can download your synced data from any device like iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and even Android. This includes My photo stream which automatically saves all the pictures you take from your iPhone, iPad to the cloud. To sync, you need to enable your photo stream on your Apple device iPad/iPhone/iPod.
Setting up iCloud My Photo Stream
Apple’s cloud storage iCloud is One of the greatest feature for Mac OS X and iOS. iCloud has ability to automatically sync your data like calendars, reminders, contacts, notes, and other important data across Apple devices. When photo stream turned on, your iOS devices automatically upload a copy of photo you capture on iPhone or iPad via available any WiFi or Ethernet connection. These service supports many formats for pictures like JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and most RAW formats.
There are many ways to activate your Photo Stream and it depends on your iOS or Operative system –
Turn on Photo Stream on iOS
Before you can access your photo stream on Mac, you will need to turned on though your iOS device. Once you activated, each photo will automatically uploaded to photo stream. Your photos will remain there for 30 days or until 1000 picture limit. To enable photo stream in your iOS device follow below steps.
1. 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.
2. In iOS 8
Go to Settings from your home screen -> iCloud>Photos -> Turn on My Photo Stream
3. In iOS 7
Go to Settings from your home screen -> Photos & Camera -> Turn on My Photo Stream
4. 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
5. 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
6. Macbook using Aperture
Open the Aperture app -> Preferences -> iCloud -> Switch My Photo Stream on
Setting Up iCloud Photo Stream on Mac
Like windows, Mac doesn’t require extra software to handle iCloud settings. Under the system preference, you have all the necessary settings to manage iCloud. If you want to setting up iCloud picture 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
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iCloud Photo Stream on Windows PC
For iCloud picture stream on Windows PC, you will need to access iCloud on 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 picture 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.