Apple photo stream is being discontinued

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Apple has announced the imminent shutdown of My Photo Stream.

On July 26, 2023, Apple will officially say goodbye to My Photo Stream, the service that has allowed users to effortlessly sync photos across their devices. However, it’s essential to note that one month before the shutdown, on June 26, 2023, new photo uploads to My Photo Stream will cease. Any photos uploaded before this date will remain accessible in iCloud for 30 days from the upload date, provided My Photo Stream is currently enabled on your devices. By the time July 26 rolls around, all photos will be removed from iCloud, and the service will be officially shut down.

As long as you have the original device containing your photos, they will remain safe and sound. However, it’s crucial to ensure that any desired photos not already present in your library on a specific device are saved accordingly. By following a few simple steps, you can securely store them in your device’s photo library for future access.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, launch the Photos app, tap on “Albums,” and select “My Photo Stream.” From there, choose the photos you wish to save, tap the Share button, and select “Save Image.”

Mac users can open the Photos app, access the My Photo Stream album, and manually drag and drop any desired photos to their local library.

With My Photo Stream going away, it’s time to look to the future with iCloud Photos, an all-encompassing solution to manage and preserve your photos and videos seamlessly. By activating iCloud Photos on your compatible Apple devices (iPhone with iOS 8.3 or later, iPad with iPadOS 8.3 or later, or Mac with OS X Yosemite or later), you can experience the convenience of having your entire photo collection up to date across multiple platforms.

Whether you’re accessing your memories on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or even on iCloud.com, iCloud Photos ensures that your images and videos are always within reach.

Windows users can also sync their iCloud Photos to their PCs using iCloud for Windows.

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