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iCloud: iCloud Photos overview

iCloud Photos overview

iCloud Photo Library beta stores and gives you access to every photo and video you ever take. Once you turn it on, iCloud Photo Library works in the background to back up your whole photo library. It also uploads your edits and the way you organize things so everything in your library looks familiar on all your devices.

iCloud lets you share your favorite moments with your favorite people when you create a shared photo album. Friends and family you invite to share your albums can post their own photos, videos, and comments, and changes appear automatically on everyone’s devices. You can quickly and easily see the latest updates from all your shared albums in Activity view.

iCloud also stores all your photos recently added to your devices with My Photo Stream. It’s a convenient way to get all your latest shots on all your personal devices.

iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing are designed to allow you to upload as many photos and videos as you want. However, to prevent unintended or excessive use, iCloud limits the number of items that can be uploaded within a given hour, day, or month. For more information, see the Apple Support article My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing limits.

My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing are designed to allow you to upload as many photos and videos as you want. However, to prevent unintended or excessive use, iCloud limits the number of items that can be uploaded within a given hour, day, or month. For more information, see the Apple Support article My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing limits.

System Requirements

Photo and video files are often large. For best results, use Wi-Fi with a broadband Internet connection to upload and download your photos and videos with iCloud Photo Library. iCloud Photo Library also works over cellular networks. Data charges may apply.

Last Modified: Oct 30, 2014
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