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iCloud Photo Sharing

iCloud is a cloud storage system developed for iOS users. It is available for Apple products like iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iCloud lets you store a lot of file varieties. You can find that you can activate the same Apple ID across many devices. This way you sync contacts, calendar, messages, etc through iCloud. The iCloud Photo Library is also a very recent feature. It allows you to store pictures. Then, through iCloud Photo sharing, you can share those pictures with others as well. You will then to set it up first. You can also use Apple TV (4th Generation) for this feature.

What to Do Before Using iCloud Photo Sharing?

  1. Make sure you have the iOS 8 version & later on your Apple devices; iPhone, iPad & iPad Touch. Also, update your Mac to the latest OS. And that your Apple TV has the latest tvOS.
  2. Make sure the iCloud feature is On for all devices.
  3. Also, you should be signed in with the same Apple ID on all your devices.
  4. Make sure your Windows PC is running Windows 7 & above. This is for Windows users who use the iCloud Desktop application.

Now that you have made sure you are all set to use this feature. You need to turn On this feature. Below, we will list how to turn it On on all available platforms.

  • For Apple Devices like iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch: Go into the Settings App. Then, tap on iCloud and then Photos.  Toggle the iCloud Photo Sharing On there,
  • For Apple TV, go to Settings, then go to iCloud. Turn the iCloud Photo Sharing feature On.
  • Mac users should go to the Apple Menu, then click on System Preferences. Go into iCloud, then into Photos and turn the Photo Sharing option On.
  • On Windows, launch the iCloud desktop application, click on Photos. The Options box will be revealed. Click on it to reveal the Photo Options. Now, tick next to iCloud Photo Sharing text.

Now that it is set up, you can start using it. It is amazing what you can do with this feature. On shared albums, people will also be able to comment or add their photos. You can then also save those photos added by your friends.

How to Use iCloud Photo Sharing ?

  1. You can create a new Album to share.
    • Go to the Photos app.
    • Tap and go to the Photo Stream tab. Tap on the + icon.
    • Type in a name for that album.
    • Then, select the people you wish to invite to see this album from your Contacts list.
    • Tap on Create after the above steps.
  2. You can invite anyone you want to. Even users not using iCloud can view your shared Albums.
    • Open up the Shared Album you have just created.
    • Go to the People Tab on your Apple device. On your Mac, click the People icon.
    • There is a Public Website option. Toggle it On.
    • Then, you can share that link with everyone else.
  3. You can also add your own photos and videos.
    • From your photos app, select the photos and videos you want to share.
    • Next, tap on . And to iCloud Photo Sharing.
    • Then, select the Album you wish to add those files into.
  4. You can comment and Like those photos.
    • Anyone can comment and Like those photos.
    • You will get notifications if they do.
    • You can also reply back to comments as well.
  5. Save photos and videos that were added by your friends.
    • This way you can keep those files shared by your friends.
    • You can also only saved Videos on your Mac or Windows PC.
    • Apple device users tap on , then on Save Image.
    • On your PC, select those pictures or videos. Next, Control + click. Then, click on Import.
  6. You can also delete from the shared albums.
    • This is only in the case where you do not like any of those comments and pictures and videos added.
    • Or subscribers can delete themselves. If they are the ones to add them.
    • Remember that these will be deleted permanently from the album.
    • So make sure to download them before deleting.
  7. You can also remove subscribers from your albums.
    • Open that shared album.
    • Tap on the People tab.
    • Next, select the Subscriber(s) you want to remove.
    • Tap the Remove Subscriber option then.
  8. You can also delete that shared album.
    • Open the shared album.
    • Then, tap and go to the People tab.
    • Select the Delete Shared Album.

You can upload pictures of the jpeg, raw, png, gif, tiff formats. Panoramic pictures can be up to 5400 pixels wide. Videos can be of mp4, QuickTime video file formats, H.264 and mpeg-4 formats. You can also upload special iPhone videos like slo-mo, time-lapse and 4K videos. This albums will not be counted against your iCloud storage capacity.

Steps to Access iCloud Photos from your PC

File sharing is easily done when you sync your iOS devices with iCloud especially when they are purchases made on your iTunes or your App Store. You can sync your iPhone and iPad to your iCloud account to share the data among all of your iOS devices efficiently. You can also sync your photos to the iCloud photo stream and with that you can access those iCloud photos you have uploaded on your Desktop too.

How to Access iCloud Photos from your PC:

  1. When you have opened your web browser, please enter this link: www.icloud.com/icloudcontrolpanel. This will direct to another site where you can download the iCloud Control Panel to use on iCloud.com. This iCloud Control Panel will enable you to control and edit your iCloud photos on your desktop.
  2. In order to download, you would have to click on the blue “Download” button and wait to finish the downloading process.
  3. To start the installation, click the .exe (executable file) of the downloaded file. You can find the downloaded file at the bottom of your browser or in your Default Download file folder on your Desktop.
  4. After the installation has finished, you can find the program’s shortcut icon on your desktop or the Start Menu of your desktop.
  5. Launch iCloud by just clicking on its icon in the Start menu or on your desktop.
  6. You will have to enter your Apple ID in the given field.
  7. Enter your associated password in the password input field.
  8. Then, open iTunes.
  9. To check for iCloud photos, click on the My computer in your Start menu.
  10. You will now be able to see that a new category has been added in the My Computer menu ie; the ‘Others’ category which will now have the iCloud Photos menu.
  11. Finally, click on this Others category to access your iCloud photos on your PC.

Also with the newly released iCloud Drive, you can be assured that the sharing of your photos and videos with people is real easy. These people then can view the photos and videos that you have shared on iCloud easily. For this, you would need to create a shared album and your friends and family and they can also be invited to add their photos and videos. Then, all those photos and videos can be stored to the iCloud on your Desktop or www.icloud.com. The photos and videos contents will be available on all platforms and you can access them from any Apple device you are using and on iCloud.com and you can read about the functionality of the iCloud Photo Library HERE.

Using iCloud photo library, you can keep your photos and videos organized into across all your iOS devices and even on the web. All your photos would be automatically uploaded in the cloud storage of your iCloud account and every change you make to your photos are uploaded to iCloud and will be made visible on all other iOS devices.