Photo sync­ing ex­plained

Mac Format - - MAC & OS PROBLEMS SOLVED - iCloud Photo Shar­ing lets you share al­bums with friends, even if they don’t use Ap­ple kit.

Ap­ple now has three sep­a­rate but re­lated photo sync­ing and shar­ing ser­vices that all rely on iCloud. iCloud Photo Li­brary is the most com­pre­hen­sive: it syncs your en­tire photo li­brary to iCloud. If you have mul­ti­ple de­vices signed in with the same Ap­ple ID, they all sync to the same on­line li­brary, so all your pho­tos from all the de­vices ap­pear on­line and on ev­ery de­vice, although the sync­ing process au­to­mat­i­cally elim­i­nates ex­act du­pli­cates. This uses your iCloud stor­age quota, so un­less you have a very small li­brary, you may need to pay a monthly fee for ex­tra on­line space.

My Photo Stream is a more lim­ited ser­vice that only up­loads pho­tos taken in the last 30 days, up to a limit of 1,000 pho­tos. It doesn’t count against your iCloud stor­age limit. The third ser­vice is iCloud Photo Shar­ing. This doesn’t count against iCloud stor­age ei­ther, and is lim­ited to 5,000 pho­tos per shared al­bum. You can use this to up­load pho­tos to a cor­doned-off area of iCloud that is shared with peo­ple that you in­vite. All are en­abled in iCloud’s pref­er­ences un­der Pho­tos on a Mac, and in Set­tings > Pho­tos & Cam­era on iOS de­vices.

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