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iCloud: My Photo Stream overview

My Photo Stream overview

With My Photo Stream, the photos you take with your iOS devices or import to your computers appear automatically on all of your devices. It’s a great way to get all your latest shots on all your personal devices.

Photo taken on iPhone is sent to iCloud and appears on Mac and iPad

How it works

  • Take a photo with your iOS device, or import photos from your digital camera to your Mac, iPad, or Windows computer.

  • iCloud automatically pushes copies of the photos over any available Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to your other devices.

  • The photos appear in My Photo Stream on these devices:

    In iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac

    Under iCloud Photos on your Apple TV

    In the Pictures Library on your Windows computer

    In the Photos app on your iOS 7 devices

  • The photos appear in Recently Added on these devices:

    In the Photos app on your iOS 8 devices

To conserve storage space, My Photo Stream keeps only your latest 1000 photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. On your Mac and Windows computers, every picture from your photo stream can be automatically downloaded and kept permanently.

You can also set up your Mac and Windows computers so your new photos appear in a My Photo Stream album. Your computer has more storage than your iOS device and can automatically import all photos from My Photo Stream to your photo library.

If you take photos with burst mode or image stabilization on your iPhone 5s, only the photos you select as favorites when using burst mode and the final composite image shot with image stabilization are added to My Photo Stream. If you want all burst-mode photos uploaded to My Photo Stream and your iPhone has iOS 7.1 or later, go to Settings > Photos & Camera and turn on Upload Burst Photos.

Last Modified: Oct 30, 2014
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