Ultimate guide to Photo Stream

How to easily share pictures with your family, from your iPhone to your TV, using iCloud and Photo Stream

If you've been out for the evening, shooting photos of the kid's big game, or away at Disney for a week, snapping pics at every ride, wouldn't it be great if you could get home, collapse on the couch, and enjoy the memories almost instantly on your big screen TV? Well, with iCloud's Photo Stream feature and an Apple TV, you can!

Here's how...

What's Photo Stream?

Photo Stream keeps track of all the photos (not videos though) you take on your iPhone, or other iOS devices. Then, whenever you're on Wi-Fi, Photo Stream uploads a copy to iCloud, Apple's cloud storage network, and then pushed a copy of the photo back down to all your iOS devices -- including an Apple TV hooked up to your big screen HDTV!

Photo Stream will store store up to 1000 photos, or 30 days of photos. On your Mac and/or Windows PC, iCloud will store all your photos.

How to take great photos with your iPhone

If you've never taken photos before with your iPhone, it's easy to get started. Here's a a quick video and complete step-by-step tutorial to get your going.

Once you've mastered the basics, we have more tutorials to help you with everything from portraits to kids to pets to macros to basic photography skills like composition. Check them out.

How to enable Photo Stream on your iPhone

Once you know how to shoot, you need to make sure all the great photos you take get stored up on iCloud and in Photo Stream.

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

Photos are only transferred from your iPhone to iCloud when you're on Wi-Fi. If you're out traveling, hotels, coffee shop, and other convenient locations might have Wi-Fi hotspots available so you can even share pictures before you get back home.

How to enable Photo Stream on your Apple TV

Now that your iPhone is shooting and storing everything you shoot, you need to enable Photo Stream on your Apple TV.

  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 get more help with iCloud

That's it! Now every photo you take and memory you make will be automagically transferred to your iCloud and Photo Stream, and readily available on your Apple TV.

Note: Since with great power comes great responsibility, make sure you either turn Photo Stream off, or delete any photos from the Photo Stream folder, that you don't want shared with the whole family.

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!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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PreMaster says:

If you dont have apple tv but you have Verizon fios you can use the Verizon remote app and stream photos right to the tv. It doesn't do video yet but does photos quite nicely.