iCloud: My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing limits
Learn about My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing limits.
iCloud limits the number of photos that can be uploaded to My Photo Stream or shared photo streams within a given hour, day, or month to prevent unintended or excessive use. Learn more in My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing.
My Photo Stream upload limits
The My Photo Stream limits below are established based on anticipated upload patterns. Currently, My Photo Stream upload limits are as follows:
- Uploads to My Photo Stream per hour: 1000 photos
- Uploads to My Photo Stream per day: 10,000 photos
- Uploads to My Photo Stream per month: 25,000 photos
If you exceed one of these limits, your uploads to My Photo Stream will be paused temporarily and you may see a notification message on your device. Your uploads will resume automatically after you no longer exceed one of the limits, such as in the following hour or on the following day.
iCloud Photo Sharing limits
The current iCloud Photo Sharing hourly and daily limits are as follows:
- Maximum combined number of photos and videos to share per hour: 1000
- Maximum combined number of photos and videos to share per day: 10,000
These sharing limits are separate from the upload limits above. For example, in the same day you could upload 10,000 photos to My Photo Stream and then share those 10,000 photos or 10,000 other photos.
Some additional limits for shared photo stream usage:
- Maximum shared streams an owner can share: 100
- Maximum shared streams a user can subscribe to: 100
- Maximum subscribers per shared stream: 100 (the number of subscribers on each shared stream)
- Maximum number of photos per shared stream: 5000
- Maximum number of comments per shared stream photo: 200 (a comment can be either a Like or a text entry)
- Maximum characters per comment: 200
- Maximum number of invites a shared stream owner may send per day: 200
- Photos uploaded to My Photo Stream or shared photo streams are not counted against your iCloud Storage. The photos that you upload to My Photo Stream are stored in iCloud for 30 days to give your devices plenty of time to connect to iCloud and download them. Find out how to save photos from My Photo Stream or a shared photo stream to your Camera Roll or computer. Learn how to protect your photos when selling or giving away your iOS device.
- The following image file types are supported for Photo Stream: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and RAW.
- The following video file types and file formats are supported for iCloud Photo Sharing: MP4 and QuickTime file types, and H.264 and MPEG-4 Video file formats. Videos can be up to 5 minutes in length.
- When importing photos to an iPad using the Camera Connection Kit, photos are saved directly to Camera Roll. If Photo Stream is enabled and you are connected to a wireless network, you could potentially reach any of the limits listed above. To avoid this, disable Photo Stream when importing photos to iPad when using the Camera Connection Kit.
- When importing large numbers of photos to either iPhoto or Aperture, you could potentially reach any of the limits listed above if you have selected Automatic Upload in the Photo Stream preferences. Both iPhoto and Aperture will pause uploading to Photo Stream when the maximum has been reached. Uploading will automatically restart at the next hour, day, or month, depending on which limit was reached.