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Apple’s ‘My Photo Stream’ service is shutting down on Wednesday, and here’s what you need to do

Apple’s ‘My Photo Stream’ service is shutting down on Wednesday, and here’s what you need to do

Apple announced last month that Apple’s “My Photo Stream” service is set to shut down on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, meaning customers who still use that feature will need to switch to using iCloud Photos before that date. Read on to find out what this means for you and whether you should take action.

What is My Photo Stream?

Originally launched in 2011, My Photo Stream is a free service that, when enabled, uploads images (up to 1,000 at any one time) to iCloud, making them accessible across your Apple devices and available to import into your library from any device. Photos remain in My Photo Stream for 30 days and are then automatically deleted from iCloud.

Apple is now shutting down the My Photo Stream service on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, replacing My Photo Stream with iCloud Photo Library (now iCloud Photos).

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To prepare for the shutdown, Apple stopped photo uploads to My Photo Stream on June 26, 2023, so all images uploaded to the service before that date will remain in iCloud for the normal 30 days up to the point of shutdown.

what can I do?

If you already use iCloud Photos, you don’t need to do anything – your photos are already uploaded and stored in iCloud. However, if you are not sure, you can check if iCloud Photos is enabled on all your devices.

On iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Settings app and tap your Apple ID at the top of the menu.
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Make sure it says “On” next to it Photos.

Settings

On Mac

  1. Click on the Apple icon () on your Mac’s menu bar System settings.
  2. Click on your ‘Apple ID’ name at the top of the sidebar.
  3. Click iCloud.
  4. Make sure it says “On” next to it Photos.

Settings

What if you don’t use iCloud Photos?

The photos in My Photo Stream are already stored in their original format on at least one of your devices, so as long as you have the device with you, you won’t lose any photos when the service shuts down.

However, what you lose is the ability to access these images on any device. If any of the photos you want aren’t already in your library on a particular iPhone or iPad, one option is to turn on ‘iCloud Photos’ using the steps above.

Note that iCloud Photos requires a paid iCloud subscription to go beyond the free 5GB iCloud storage limit, which is only available on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.3 or later, and Macs with OS X Yosemite or later.

Alternatively, you can save photos from My Photo Stream to your library on a separate device, as long as you do so before July 26. The following steps show you how.

‘My Photo Stream’ saves photos to your photo library

  1. Open the Photos app and tap Albums.
  2. Tap on My photo streamThen tap Choose.
  3. Tap the photos you want to save, then tap Share it button (square with pointing arrow).
  4. Choose Save the image.

If you have a Mac, you don’t have to do anything – My Photo Stream automatically imports photos into your library.

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