FANS of Apple’s My Photo Stream have exactly one month to transition from the app before it disappears forever.
The tech giant has announced that it would be shutting down the photo sharing feature on all iOS devices.
If you’re still an avid My Photo Stream user, read on to find out how to set up an alternative that’s even better.
What is My Photo Stream?
My Photo Stream was designed to make your photos easily accessible across any Apple devices you had.
This service dates all the way back to 2011, and even predates iCloud.
Considering Apple only gives 5GB of free iCloud space, My Photo Stream was a useful feature to help save that free space.
However, the feature does not upload the type of high-quality photos that most expect in 2023.
The service is set to shut down for good on July 26, 2023, exactly four weeks from today.
On its support page, Apple says it will stop uploading photos to My Photo Stream from June 26, 2023.
Apple said: “Any photos uploaded to the service before that date will remain in iCloud for 30 days from the date of upload and will be available to any of your devices where My Photo Stream is currently enabled
“By July 26, 2023, there will be no photos remaining in iCloud, and the service will be shut down.”
What is My Photo Stream used for?
My Photo Stream is used by Apple customers to access the last 30 days worth of photos on more than one device.
This is so it is easier for Apple customers to download their images from one device to the other.
The original photo will remain on the iPhone after the 30 day period, so you don’t lose your images.
Why is Apple shutting down My Photo Stream?
Apple is axing the feature in an attempt to encourage more people to use iCloud photos, which has already mostly replaced the My Photo Stream service.
Apple launched the iCloud Photos feature on their devices in 2014, which has been adopted by most iPhone and iPad owners.
This feature was slightly superior to the My Photo Stream feature as Apple users could upload videos with iCloud Photos.
Also, the quality of the images uploaded to iCloud photos is of a higher quality than My Photo Stream.
The introduction of iCloud Photos mostly replaced the My Photo Stream service.
What will replace My Photo Stream?
With the announcement of the end of My Photo Stream, there was no mention of a specific replacement.
The iCloud Photos feature quietly replaced My Photo Stream when it was released in 2014.
Since then, iCloud’s capabilities have only grown.
iCloud Photos is a similar feature to My Photo Stream, except iCloud Photos uploads your pictures and videos permanently, not just for 30 days.
With iCloud, users can have the photos they love stored across their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and even Apple TV.
To turn the feature on before My Photo Stream goes away, simply follow these steps:
On your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch
- Go to Settings > [your name].
- Tap iCloud.
- Tap Photos, then tap the switch next to Sync this [device].
On your Mac
- Choose Apple menu > System Settings or choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
- Click Apple ID.
- Click iCloud in the sidebar, then select Photos.
- Click the switch next to Sync this Mac.
On your Apple TV
- Go to Settings > Users and Accounts.
- Select iCloud.
- Turn on iCloud Photos.
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