Apple’s Photo Stream feature, which automatically stores pictures taken in the last 30 days, is shutting down on July 26 (Wednesday). After the transition takes effect, people’s important memories can be removed from their devices. Photo Stream stopped uploading images on June 26, according to Apple’s announcement. However, all images uploaded to My Photo Stream before this date will be available in iCloud for users to save. So, those with iCloud sync can still access their photos.
What is Photo Stream?
It is a service launched by Apple in 2011. Users temporarily upload photos they take on one device so they can be viewed on another device and imported into the library on that device with My Photo Stream enabled.
As per Apple, photos stay in My Photo Stream for 30 days — up to 1,000 photos at any given time — and are then automatically deleted from iCloud.
Discontinuing this service will affect users’ ability to access their photos on any Apple device, unless iCloud is set up on that particular iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
iCloud to replace Photo Stream
Apple has suggested that iCloud Photos will replace My Photo Stream, which is free up to 5GB. However, this service requires any premium subscription plan beyond that.
Apple said in a release on its support page that iCloud is “the best way to keep the photos and videos you take across all your devices up to date.”
“If you already have iCloud Photos enabled on all your devices, there’s nothing else to do — your photos are already syncing to iCloud,” Apple said. In the June 6 article.
What should users do?
To access their photos on all Apple devices, users need to allow iCloud Photos to sync across all devices.
To do that, users need to follow these steps. On iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > User/Owner Name > iCloud. Make sure it says “On” next to Photos on each Apple device.
On a Mac, choose Apple menu > System Settings, click the name, and then click iCloud. Make sure it says “On” next to Photos on each of your devices.
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