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Add, remove, and edit photos in a shared album

You can add, remove, and update photos and video clips in an album that you shared.

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Add photos, video clips, and Live Photos to a shared album

  1. Click a shared album under Shared in the sidebar.

  2. Click “Add photos and videos.”

  3. Select the photos, video clips, and Live Photos that you want, then click Add.

Subscribers to your shared album can play the video in the Live Photos. To share Live Photos as still images only, see the next task.

Add photos, video clips, and Live Photos from a moment or collection to a shared album

  1. Select the photos, video clips, or Live Photos you want.

  2. Click the Share button in the toolbar, then choose iCloud Photo Sharing.

  3. Do any of the following:

    • Add a comment: Type a comment in the comment box.

    • Share Live Photos: To let viewers play a Live Photo, select the Live Photo checkbox. Deselect the Live Photo checkbox to share the Live Photo as a still image only.

    • Add the selected photos to a shared album: Click a shared album name.

    • Add the selected photos to a new shared album: Click New Shared Album, enter an album name, click the Plus button and invite others to see your shared album, enter a comment if you want, then click Create.

Remove photos and video clips from a shared album

  1. Click a shared album under Shared in the sidebar.

  2. Select the items you want to remove, press Delete, then click Delete.

Photos removes the items from the shared album, but leaves the original items in your library.

Important: If you delete photos or videos that others added to the shared album, you won’t have copies of them in your library. If you want to keep these items, download them from the shared album before deleting them.

Edit a photo in an album shared by others

To edit a photo or video in an album someone else shared with you, you must first import the photo into your library. You can then edit it like any other photo. Edits you make to the photo in your library don’t change the original photo in the shared album.

  1. Click a shared album under Shared in the sidebar.

  2. Navigate to the photo you want to edit, double-click it, then click Edit.

  3. Click Import.

  4. Click Edit.

  5. Make changes to the photo.

  6. Click Done.

Your edited photo appears in the Imports album and in a moment in Photos view. To move the edited photo to another album, select it, choose Image > Add to, then create a new album or place the photo in an existing one. To add the edited photo to the shared album again, click Shared in the toolbar, open the shared album, and click “Add photos and videos.”