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Managing iOS photos in Photo Stream
Posted by Patricia Goodman on 07 June 2013 03:35 PM

Managing iOS photos in Photo Stream

If you need additional storage for photos that you have on your iOS device, you can enable iCloud's "Photo Stream" in your iCloud account. Photo Stream is designed for sharing your photos across all of your iOS devices (iPad, iPhone...), but you can also use it for temporary storage so that you can archive the photos onto a computer.  Note: Photos that are synced with the iCloud Photo Stream only stay there for 30 days. Then, they are automatically deleted.  But, here are some helpful steps for managing those photos once you have them in the Photo Stream:

  • Set up iCloud on your computer. Go to for instructions.

Syncing your photos across iOS devices and a Mac or PC

When you enable My Photo Stream on your devices, all new photos you take or import to those devices will be automatically added to your photo stream.

  • On an iOS device, new photos you take will be automatically uploaded to your photo stream when you leave the Camera app and are connected to Wi-Fi. Note: My Photo Stream does not push photos over cellular connections.
  • On your Mac, any new photos you import to iPhoto or Aperture will begin uploading automatically when you have a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Or, you can change your iPhoto or Aperture preferences so that only photos you manually add to My Photo Stream are uploaded.
  • On a PC with iCloud Control Panel 2.0 or later, open a Windows Explorer window. Select Photo Stream under Favorites. Open My Photo Stream. Click the "Add photos" button. Select photos to import to My Photo Stream, and then click Open. 

If you have existing photos that you want to sync to Photo Stream, do the following:

  • On the iOS device, tap the picture you want to send to Photo Stream
  • Tap the Send icon and select Photo Stream
  • Now, you can view your Photo Stream content on your computer.  On your computer start up Photo Stream. 
    • On your Mac, they appear in the Photo Stream view in iPhoto or Aperture. In iPhoto 9.4 or later or in Aperture 3.4 or later, open the My Photo Stream album in the Photo Stream view. From there you can mange the files by copying them to another location on your computer's hard drive for archiving purposes.
    • On a PC using Windows 8, from the Start screen, select Photo Stream. On a PC using Windows 7 or Vista, click the Windows Start button, and then click Computer. In the window that opens, click on Photo Stream under the Favorites menu in the panel on the left. Double-click My Photo Stream to view your photos. From there you can mange the files by copying them to another location on your computer's hard drive for archiving purposes.

If you need further assistance using iCloud or Photo Stream, see Apple's support documents at

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