Ultimate guide to Photo Stream

How to set up and use Photo Stream

Everything you need to know about setting up and using Apple's iCloud picture backup and distribution service, Photo Stream

Photo Stream is iCloud image backup and distribution component. Take a picture (or screen shot) on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and -- when you're on Wi-Fi -- iCloud will store a copy of that picture on Apple's servers and push copies down to all your other iOS devices, as well as your Mac and/or Windows PC. On iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, iCloud will store up to 1000 photos, or 30 days of photos. On your Mac and/or Windows PC, iCloud will store all your photos. Photo Stream will also let you view your photos on the Apple TV.

How to enable Photo Stream on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With Photo Stream, any picture you take with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is automatically stored on iCloud and pushed down to any other device logged into your iCloud account. Photos are only transferred when you're on Wi-Fi

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Tap on Photo Stream.
  4. Toggle Photo Stream to On.

How to access Photo Stream on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Once you've enabled Photo Stream on your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad, you'll be able to see any pictures taken on any of your iOS devices, on all of your iOS devices.

  1. Launch Photos.
  2. Tap on Albums at the bottom.
  3. Tap on Photo Stream.

Photo Stream only stores and pushes photos when you're on Wi-Fi. So, if you don't see your latest photos, make sure you connect your device(s) to Wi-Fi and wait a few moments.

How to enable Photo Stream on your Apple TV

Your Apple TV can wirelessly stream all the pictures from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It's a great way to share pictures with friends and family on right on your home television.

  1. Launch Photo Stream (the icon is towards the bottom).How to access Photo Stream from your Apple TV menu
  2. Confirm your Apple ID or sign in with a different one. How to set Photo Stream as your screen saver on your Apple TV
  3. Choose whether or not you'd like to use Photo Stream as your screen saver.

iCloud will start to populate your Photo Stream on your Apple TV. Depending on the size of your Photo Stream and the speed of your internet connection, it might take a few minutes.

How to enable Photo Stream on Mac

Photo Stream, like the rest of iCloud, is built right into OS X Lion on the Mac (or the Mountain Lion developer preview). You can access it from within either iPhoto or Aperture.

  1. Launch iPhoto on your MacHow to find photo stream within iPhoto
  2. Click on Photo Stream under Recent in the left hand sidebar.How to enable Photo Stream on your Mac running OS X Lion
  3. Click on Turn on Photo Stream.

iPhoto will start to import your Photo Stream photos. Depending on how many photos you have, and how fast your internet connection is, it might take a while.

Apple's higher end photo editing app, Aperture, can also be used with Photo Stream.

How to enable Photo Stream on Windows

If you've got a Windows PC, you can enable Photo Stream through the iCloud control panel.

  1. Launch the iCloud control panel (log in if you aren't already).
  2. Check the Photo Stream box.
  3. Click Options next to Photo Stream to customize Photo Stream settings further.

Your Windows PC will start to import your Photo Stream photos. Depending on how many photos you have and how fast your internet connection is, it might take a few minutes.

How to delete photos from Photo Stream

If you have personal, private, or any photos you simply don't want to be stored on Photo Stream, you can delete them from iCloud without deleting them from your device.

  1. Launch Photos.
  2. Tap on Albums at the bottom.
  3. Tap on Photo Stream.
  4. Tap on the Action button in the upper right-hand corner.
  5. Tap any photo you want to remove from Photo Stream.
  6. Tap the red Delete button along the bottom.
  7. Tap Delete Selected Photos to delete them.

Again, this will only remove the photo from Photo Stream, not from the Camera Roll of the device with which you originally took it.

How to get more help with iCloud

If you still need help with setting up or using Photo Stream on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Windows or Mac PC, or any other iCloud feature, head on over to our iCloud Forum and ask away!

Ally Kazmucha, Chris Oldroyd, and Gary Mazo contributed major sections of this guide.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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Great article. Very useful. You may want to mention that on a Mac, you need to have iPhoto '11 in order to use Photo Stream.

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