Use Sharing Suggestions in Photos

The For You tab in Photos suggests shareable moments from your library that you can send to friends. And if they also have iOS 12, they can share back photos from the same event to complete the collection.

Sharing Suggestions gathers collections automatically using photos and videos taken around the same time and place. The people you share with receive a message that includes a public link that anyone can access. The link is active for 30 days; you can stop sharing at any time.

If you want to create a space for ongoing collaborative photo sharing, or you want to limit who can see your shared photos, try Shared Albums.


Sharing Suggestions on iPhone

How to share photos with Sharing Suggestions

  1. Turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Open the Photos app.
  3. Tap the For You tab, then find Sharing Suggestions.
  4. Swipe left to browse all the suggested collections, then tap a collection to share. 
  5. Tap Next to share everything, or tap Select and then deselect the items that you don't want to include.
  6. Choose people to share with. If Photos recognizes people pictured, their names appear automatically. People you've shared photos with before might also appear. Deselect anyone you don't want to include. Tap Add People to select more friends.
  7. Tap the Share in Messages button. A Messages window appears, showing the recipients and a preview of the message that they'll get. 
  8. Add a comment if you'd like, then press the Messages send button to send.

Any moment in your library can be sent in the same way. Tap the Photos tab, then tap the title of a moment. Tap the blue circle with three dots, tap Share Photos, then follow steps 5–8 above.

adding shared photos to your own library

Use Share Back to complete the collection

When the recipients of your collection tap the link in Messages, Photos opens and shows all the items that you shared.* They can tap Add All to add your photos and videos at full resolution to their own library.

If Photos detects that your friends have items in their library that might be from the same time and place, a Share Back section appears below the collection that you sent. When they tap View, Photos shows items that might be from the same event — for example, photos they took at a beach party that you attended together.

Your friends can select which items to share back, then tap Share to send you photos capturing angles and moments that you might have missed.

* If a recipient opens the link in Messages on their Mac, the collection appears on a web page and Share Back isn't available.

View your recently shared collections or stop sharing

In the For You tab, you can see the collections that you've shared and stop sharing any collections that are still available.

  1. In the Photos app, tap the For You tab, then find Recently Shared.
  2. Swipe left to see the collections that you've shared or received. Tap a collection to see the photos and videos it contains.
  3. If you want to stop sharing one of your collections before its 30-day availability expires, tap the blue circle with three dots, then tap Stop Sharing. Tap Stop Sharing again to confirm.
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