iCloud Photo Sharing: How To Share Your iPhone Photos With Others

Are you looking for a fast and efficient way to share your iPhone photos with friends and family? With iCloud Photo Sharing you can easily share photos and videos with just the people you choose. In this tutorial, you’ll discover how to set up and use iCloud Photo Sharing on your iPhone, Mac, or Windows computer. Read on to start sharing your best photos with the people you care about.

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This tutorial has five main sections. First, you’ll learn you how to set up iCloud Photo Sharing on your iPhone. Next you’ll discover how to use iCloud Photo Sharing on your iPhone, Mac, and Windows computer. Finally, you’ll find out about the storage limits of shared albums.

Table Of Contents: iCloud Photo Sharing

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What Is iCloud Photo Sharing?

1. How To Set Up iCloud Photo Sharing On Your iPhone

2. How To Use iCloud Photo Sharing On Your iPhone
2.1 Create A Shared Album
2.2 Invite People To Your Shared Album
2.3 Add Photos To A Shared Album
2.4 Subscribe To A Shared Album
2.5 Like & Comment On Photos
2.6 Save Photos From A Shared Album
2.7 Delete Likes & Comments From A Shared Photo
2.8 Delete Photos From A Shared Album
2.9 Remove A Subscriber From A Shared Album
2.10 Delete A Shared Album

3. How To Use iCloud Photo Sharing On A Mac Computer

4. How To Use iCloud Photo Sharing On A Windows Computer

5. Shared Album Storage Limits

What Is iCloud Photo Sharing?

iCloud Photo Sharing is a free service offered with Apple’s iCloud online data storage service. It’s a great way to share your photos and videos with family, friends and colleagues.

iCloud Photo Sharing uses Wi-Fi, so you don’t need cables, USB, Bluetooth, or email to share your photos.

With iCloud Photo Sharing, you create a shared photo album, and then choose who you want to share it with. You can invite up to 100 people to subscribe to a shared album.

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Subscribers can view, like and comment on photos in a shared album. They can also add photos and videos of their own. When other users add photos to a shared album, you can save their images to your own photo library if you wish.

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you share photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or Windows computer. It’s even possible to share photos with people who don’t have iCloud Photo Sharing set up on their device.

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Unlike Instagram or Facebook, shared iCloud albums only let people you’ve invited see photos. This offers greater privacy of your images, and keeps them out of sight of the public.

While shared photos and videos are stored in iCloud, they don’t count against your iCloud storage limit. You’re free to share up to 5,000 photos without worrying about paying for more storage.

Now that you know what iCloud Photo Sharing is, you’ll learn how to set it up on your device. Once you’ve activated this feature, you’ll discover how to use iCloud Photo Sharing to share your favorite photos with others.

1. How To Set Up iCloud Photo Sharing On Your iPhone

Before you begin sharing photos, you’ll need to set up iCloud Photo Sharing on your iPhone.

For the best experience, it’s advisable to update your iPhone to the latest iOS. Do this by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If there’s an update available, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it:

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iCloud Photo Sharing is an Apple iCloud service. So you’ll need to make sure you’re signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID on your iPhone. Go to Settings > [your name]. Ensure you’ve signed in with your Apple ID and password.

Once you’ve signed in to iCloud, tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. Switch on iCloud Photo Sharing at the bottom:

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2. How To Use iCloud Photo Sharing On Your iPhone

In this section, you’ll discover how to use iCloud Photo Sharing to share your iPhone photos with others.

You’ll learn how to create a shared album, add photos to it, and share the album with other people.

Next, you’ll learn how to subscribe to someone else’s shared album, like and comment on their photos, and save their photos to your own iPhone.

Finally, you’ll learn how to delete a shared photo or album, how to delete likes and comments, and how to remove a subscriber from a shared album.

2.1 Create A Shared Album

To share your iPhone photos with others, you’ll first need to create a new shared album.

Open the Photos app on your iPhone, then tap on the Shared tab at the bottom of the screen:

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Tap the [+] symbol in the top left corner. Type a name for your shared album, then tap Next:

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You now need to invite people to subscribe to this shared album. You’ll learn how to do this in the next section below.

2.2 Invite People To Your Shared Album

You can now invite people to subscribe to your shared album. You can invite people by typing their email address or iMessage phone number into the To box. Or tap the [+] to the right of the To box to access your iPhone Contacts:

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To invite a user by email, you’ll need to use their iCloud ID contact information. If you’re not sure which email address they use for their iCloud account, confirm with them first – otherwise they won’t get the invite.

Tap Create to finish creating the shared album.

To share albums with non-iCloud users, create a shared album as above, but don’t invite a user. Open that newly created shared album, and tap the People tab at the bottom. Turn on Public Website:

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iCloud will create a link to your shared album on the iCloud.com website. Anyone you share the link with will be able to view your shared photos or videos.

After you’ve created a new album, open the People tab at the bottom of the screen to choose your preferred settings for the album. Subscribers Can Post means other users can add their own photos to your shared album. Notifications means you get notified when other users like, comment, or add photos and videos to the album:

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By default, users get notified when someone adds a new photo, or likes or comments on an image. But you can tweak notification settings by going to the Home screen and selecting Settings > Notifications > Photos > iCloud Photo Sharing. Turn the Badge App Icon or Alerts on or off as you wish:

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2.3 Add Photos To A Shared Album

It’s now time to add some photos to your shared album! In the Photos app, locate the photo or photos you want to share.

If you only want to share one photo, tap the photo to open it. To share several images, tap Select at the top right of the screen, then tap all the photos you want to share.

Next, tap the Share icon (square with up arrow) at the bottom left of the screen. Tap iCloud Photo Sharing:

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Choose the shared album that you want to add the photos to. You can add a comment if you wish. When you’re finished, tap Post:

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The photo or photos will be shared with all subscribers of the album. When you post a new photo, subscribers get notified as per their settings.

2.4 Subscribe To A Shared Album

If someone creates a shared album and invites you, you’ll need to accept their invitation to become a subscriber. If you receive a notification, accept the invitation to view the shared album.

2.5 Like & Comment On Photos

iCloud Photo Sharing allows the album creator and subscribers to like and comment on photos in the album. Any subscribers signed in to iCloud can like and comment on the photos.

If you think a photo looks great, tap Like at the bottom right to let others know that you like it:

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To comment on a photo, tap Add A Comment at the bottom of the screen. Type your comment, and tap Send:

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Note that if you’ve already liked a photo and want to add a comment after, you’ll need to scroll up to see the Add A Comment option.

You’ll get a notification when anyone likes or comments on a photo. You can like and comment on your own photos, as well as photos others have added. You can also hide comments on a photo by tapping Hide Comments:

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2.6 Save Photos From A Shared Album

If someone else adds a photo or video to a shared album, you can save it to your own iPhone photo library.

Select the photo or video in the shared album that you want to save. Tap the Share icon (square with up arrow) at the bottom left, then tap Save Image or Save Video:

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This saves the image to the Photos app on your iPhone. Now the photo is in the shared album, and also permanently on your iPhone. If the owner of the photo deletes it from the shared album, you’ll still have the image in the Photos app on your iPhone. Other users can save your photos to their iPhone by following the same steps.

2.7 Delete Likes And Comments From A Shared Photo

Subscribers to a shared album can delete any likes and comments that they’ve added.

To unlike a photo that you’ve liked, tap Liked at the bottom right. It will change back to “Like” which indicates that you haven’t liked this photo:

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To delete a comment you’ve added, tap and hold on your comment, then select Delete. If you unlike a photo or delete a comment, those changes are seen by all subscribers.

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2.8 Delete Photos From A Shared Album

If you don’t want to share a photo anymore, you can delete it from the shared album.

To delete a photo you’ve added, select the photo, then tap the Delete (trash) icon at the top right. You’ll get a warning, and the option to Delete Photo:

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When you delete a photo, it gets deleted from the shared album on all your devices and all subscribers’ devices. But it doesn’t get deleted from the photo library in your iPhone’s Photos app.

If you’ve saved another user’s photo to your iPhone’s photo library, and that photo is deleted from the shared album by the person who added it, it won’t get deleted from your library.

So, if another user adds a photo that you’d like to keep, remember to save it to your library. On that note, keep in mind that any subscriber can save your photos to their own photo library. So don’t share any photos or videos you don’t want others to keep.

2.9 Remove A Subscriber From A Shared Album

Only the creator of the shared album has control over who can access it. If you’re the creator of the album, only you can add and remove subscribers. If another album creator added you to their album, they can remove you if they wish.

To remove a subscriber from a shared album, select the album from the Shared tab in the Photos app. Tap the People tab at the bottom of the screen. At the top of the screen are the subscribers’ contact details. Tap on the subscriber you wish to remove, and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Tap the red Remove Subscriber option:

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The user will no longer have access to the shared album or any of its photos – unless they previously saved them to their own library.

2.10 Delete A Shared Album

Only the creator of a shared album can delete their album. To delete a shared album, tap on the album you wish you delete, then select the People tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap the red Delete Shared Album option:

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The album, and all the photos within it, will be deleted from all devices of all other subscribers. Subscribers will no longer have access to the album.

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3. How To Use iCloud Photo Sharing On A Mac Computer

Do you have photos or videos on your Mac computer that you wish to share with other people? If so, you can use iCloud Photo Sharing in the Photos app – just like you do on your iPhone.

Before setting up iCloud Photo Sharing on your Mac, it’s advisable to ensure you’re running the latest OS (operating system) available from the App Store.

Next, make sure you’re signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID. Do this by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of the screen, then go to System Preferences > iCloud:

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Once you’re signed in to iCloud, open the Photos app. To ensure iCloud Photo Sharing is switched on, click Photos at the top left of the screen, then select Preferences. Select the iCloud tab, then check the iCloud Photo Sharing box. Close the iCloud dialog box:

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To create a shared folder on your Mac, ensure the Photos app is open. On the left side menu under Shared, hover your mouse over Shared Albums and click the gray [+] symbol that appears. Give your album a name, add users, add an optional comment, and click Create:

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You can add any photos or videos from your Photos library into the shared album. Select the photo you want to add (or select multiple photos by holding down the Shift or Command key). Click the Share icon (square with up arrow) in the top menu. Select iCloud Photo Sharing from the dropdown menu:

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Add a comment if you wish, and choose the album where you want to share the photos:

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Subscribers will be notified when new photos are added to the shared album.

4. How To Use iCloud Photo Sharing On A Windows Computer

If you have a Windows computer, you can still use iCloud Photo Sharing to share your photos with others.

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You can create shared albums on a Windows computer as long as you have an iCloud account/Apple ID.

To enable iCloud Photo Sharing on Windows, download and install the iCloud For Windows software on your computer. Click here to download iCloud For Windows from the Apple website.

Once you’ve installed iCloud For Windows, open it and sign in with your Apple ID. Use the same Apple ID you use on your iPhone.

Check the box beside Photos. Then click on Options beside Photos:

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Check the iCloud Photo Sharing box. Click Done, then click Apply:

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Now you can create a shared album and invite people to view your photos. Open File Explorer, then open iCloud Photos from the left-hand sidebar:

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Click the New Shared Album button at the top of the screen. Add the iCloud email addresses for the people you want to invite.

Name your shared album, click Next, and select the photos you want to add. Click Done, and your photos will be shared to the album. Other subscribers can now see these photos.

5. Shared Album Storage Limits

iCloud Photo Sharing has a limit of 5,000 photos or videos. If you reach this limit, you can make room for more photos and videos by deleting others that you no longer want to share.

If a contributor deletes anything from an album, it will be gone and inaccessible by other subscribers.

The great thing about iCloud Photo Sharing is that photos and videos in shared albums don’t count against your iCloud storage limit. So you don’t need to worry about upgrading your iCloud storage plan. And it will never cost you any money to share your photos.