How to send links to iCloud photos in iOS 12

Every year Apple announces some pretty awesome updates when it comes to their iOS software, and this year is no different.

Betas have been released already, and as people are figuring out which new features do what, it's worth noting that not all beta updates are permanent.

iOS 12 has been in developer beta since just after it was announced at the WWDC keynote on June 4, 2018. As of today, it's also available for public beta. If you want to test it out and provide feedback before launch, you can sign up now and get your download on. Just remember, beta means beta, and there's no guarantee features and apps you count on will behave as expected — or at all. (Rene Ritchie, iMore)

However one feature that's been noted with the iOS 12 beta is the ability to send direct links to iCloud photos. You can even send multiple links at a time which will last for up to 30 days.

Here's how to do it.

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  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the photo you would like to share the link with
  3. Tap Copy Link at the bottom. It looks like a paperclip.
  4. Share in the app of your choice by briefly holding in a text field and then tapping Paste just like you would with any other text.
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What do you think?

Are you a big fan of this new feature from iOS 12? Is there another Photo app feature that you're more jazzed about?

Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments down below!

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas (opens in new tab). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau