iCloud: Create a shared album

Create a shared album

Sharing an album is an easy way to share just the photos and videos you want with just the people you choose. They can view, like, and comment on your photos and videos, and they can download your photos. They can also add their own photos and videos to your album using an iOS device, Mac, or Windows computer. Anyone can view your album on the web, even if they don’t have iCloud Photo Sharing set up, if you turn on the Public Website option in your shared album settings.

On your iOS device (iOS 8 or later)

  1. In the Photos app, tap Shared at the bottom of the screen, then tap the Add button .

  2. Enter a name for your shared album, then tap Next.

    iPhone window for setting up a new shared album with invitees, album name, and public website status
  3. Invite people to subscribe by entering their email addresses or tapping the Add button to select from your contacts, then tap Create.

  4. To let invitees add their own photos and videos to your shared album, tap the album in the Shared Albums list, tap People, then turn on Subscribers Can Post.

  5. To make a website of your shared album, turn on Public Website. To send the shared album’s web address to friends, tap Share Link.

On a Mac using Photos

  1. In the Photos app, select the photos and videos you want to share.

  2. Click the Share button in the toolbar, click iCloud Photo Sharing, then click New Shared Album.

  3. Type a name for the shared album, then type the email addresses of the people you want to share the album with.

    New Shared Album dialog in Photos on a Mac

    If you want subscribers to be able to view the shared album from an iOS device, be sure to use the email addresses associated with their iCloud accounts.

  4. Click Create.

Note: To let invitees add their own photos and videos to your shared stream, open a shared album, click the Collaborate button in the toolbar, then Select Subscribers Can Post. To share your album on the web, select Public Website. After you select Public Website, the shared album’s web address appears.

On a Mac using iPhoto

  1. In the iPhoto app, select the photos and videos you want to share.

  2. Click the Share button in the toolbar, click iCloud, then click “New photo stream.”

  3. Invite people to subscribe by entering their email addresses, then name your new shared stream.

    New Shared Album dialog in iPhoto on a Mac
  4. To let invitees add their own photos and videos to your shared stream, select Subscribers Can Post.

  5. To let people view your shared stream on the web, select Public Website.

  6. Click Share.

Note: If you selected Public Website for your shared stream and want to know the stream’s web address, select the shared stream in iPhoto, then look in the Information pane. To send the web address to friends, click the link in the Information pane, then use the Share button in Safari.

On a Mac using Aperture

  1. Select the photos and videos you want to share.

  2. Click the Share button in the toolbar, click iCloud, then click the Stream pop-up menu and choose New Photo Stream.

  3. Invite people to subscribe by entering their email addresses, then name your new shared stream.

    Photo Stream dialog in Aperture
  4. To let invitees add their own photos and videos to your shared stream, select Subscribers Can Post.

  5. To let people view your shared stream on the web, select Public Website.

  6. Click OK.

If you selected Public Website for your shared stream and want to know the stream’s web address, click the Info button on the shared stream’s thumbnail in Aperture. To send the web address to friends, click the link in the Information dialog, then use the Share button in Safari.

On a Windows computer

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows 8 or later) or Windows Explorer (Windows 7), then select iCloud Photos.

  2. Click “New shared album” in the toolbar.

  3. Invite people to subscribe by entering their email addresses, then name your new shared album.

    New Shared Album window on a Windows computer
  4. To let people view your shared album on the web, select the public website option.

  5. Click Next, then drag photos or videos to the dialog that appears, or click “Choose photos or videos.”

  6. Click Done.

Your invitees receive an email and a notification asking them to join or subscribe to your shared album. Invitees using an iOS device or a Mac with OS X v10.8 or later also receive invitations in Notification Center.

Invitees using Apple TV can accept shared photo album invitations, view shared albums, like photos, and read comments about photos.

Note: If you selected the public website option for your shared album and want to know the shared album’s web address, open the shared album on your Windows computer, then click Info in the toolbar.

Published Date: Mar 23, 2017
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