About iCloud Photos and My Photo Stream

iCloud Photos and My Photo Stream can help you get your photos on your Apple devices and on your PC. What’s the difference between them? Find out more about both features.

Do you have My Photo Stream?

If you recently created your Apple ID, My Photo Stream may not be available. If My Photo Stream isn't available, use iCloud Photos to keep your photos and videos in iCloud.


Where can you access your photos?

iCloud Photos and My Photo Stream* automatically upload your photos so that you can see them when you're at home or on the go. iCloud Photos will also upload your videos and keep all of your edits up to date too. You can access your collection on these devices when you sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.

iCloud Photos

  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod touch
  • Windows PC
  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple Watch
  • iCloud.com

My Photo Stream

  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod touch
  • Windows PC
  • Apple TV HD


What file types will be uploaded to iCloud?

iCloud Photos and My Photo Stream will upload your collection to iCloud each time your device connects to the internet and your battery is charged. iCloud will upload these file types.

iCloud Photos

  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • HEIF
  • HEVC
  • MP4
  • PNG
  • RAW**
  • TIFF

My Photo Stream

  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • Most RAW formats


How are your photos stored?

When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage. If you have a large collection in iCloud Photos and need more storage, you can buy additional storage, starting from £0.79 a month for 50 GB. If you choose a plan with 200 GB or more of storage, you can share the allocation with your familyLearn more about iCloud storage prices in your country or region.

iCloud Photos

  • Uses your iCloud storage.
  • As long as you have enough space in iCloud, you can store as many photos and videos as you like.
  • Stored in the original format at full resolution.
  • You can turn on Optimise Storage and save space on your device.
  • Edits will be stored in iCloud and be kept up to date on your Apple devices.

My Photo Stream

  • Doesn't count against your iCloud storage.
  • Uploads your last 30 days and up to 1,000 photos.
  • Downloads to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at a lower resolution. On your Mac or PC, your photos will be downloaded at full resolution.
  • Edits you make won't be updated across your devices.


* If you recently created your Apple ID, My Photo Stream may not be available. Use iCloud Photos to keep your photos and videos in iCloud.
** iCloud Photos keeps all of your RAW photos with embedded JPEGs stored in their original formats. You can view thumbnail versions on your Mac, or download and edit them on your Mac or PC.

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