Share pre­cious mem­o­ries in Photos

Fam­ily photos were made to be shared and the Photos app makes that easy

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As we dis­cov­ered ear­lier, Fam­ily Shar­ing pools your stor­age space, but not your

whole fam­ily’s photo li­braries. To do that, you need to use iCloud Photo Shar­ing. You can share with any­body who has an iCloud ac­count, not just fam­ily mem­bers, and each al­bum can be shared with up to 100 peo­ple.

To start shar­ing, you first need to switch on the iCloud Photo Shar­ing fea­ture. On an iOS de­vice it’s in Set­tings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. On a Mac, go to > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > iCloud > Op­tions. On Ap­ple TV, look in Set­tings > iCloud > iCloud Photos Set­tings.

Once that’s done, you can start shar­ing photos and videos. In iOS, open the Photos app, tap the Shared tab, then tap the + sym­bol to cre­ate a new shared al­bum. On your Mac, open Photos and click Shared in the side­bar. If you aren’t al­ready shar­ing any­thing, you’ll just see a link la­belled Ac­tiv­ity. Click it, then Start Shar­ing.

Name your shared al­bum and you’ll then be prompted to choose the peo­ple you want to in­vite. Once you’ve cho­sen them, tap Cre­ate. This pub­lishes your al­bum and sends in­vi­ta­tions via email or iMes­sage.

Now it’s time to add the photos and/or videos you want other peo­ple to see. To do that, go to the rel­e­vant al­bum and tap Se­lect. Tap the items you want to add to the shared al­bum, then tap the Share icon. (On a Mac, hold and click items to add to your se­lec­tion.) Next, choose iCloud Photo Shar­ing and tell Photos which shared al­bum (if you have more than one) to add your se­lec­tion to. It can take a while for things to up­load to iCloud.

From now on, when you add to that al­bum, the peo­ple sub­scribed to it will be no­ti­fied. If you want, they can con­tribute too – say, to col­late photos of an event. To al­low that, tap Peo­ple (on iOS) or click the sil­hou­ette of a per­son in the tool­bar (Mac) and turn on Subscribers Can Post.

iCloud Photo Shar­ing works in­de­pen­dent of iCloud Photo Li­brary, but with­out the lat­ter it takes a lit­tle longer to put al­bums on­line.

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