What Is Photo Stream?


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Photo Stream is a photo sharing service that is available on Apple devices. The functionality was first introduced with the release of iOS 5.0 and can be used by compatible devices, such as iPhones, Apple TVs and Macintosh and Windows-based personal computers.

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A sharing function was introduced with the release of iOS 6.0. Users can share photos via Photo Stream with connected devices belonging to relatives or friends, and Photo Stream collections can also be customized for each group of people in the connected network. As of 2014, photos taken using an Apple device are not automatically shared on Photo Stream.

Photo Stream keeps only users' latest 1,000 pictures on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. However, every picture from Photo Stream can be downloaded and stored on Mac and Windows computers. If the user takes pictures with the image stabilization or burst feature, only the photos the user selects are added to the Photo Stream.

To activate Photo Stream on an iOS 7 device, click Settings, iCloud, then Photos, and click the My Photo Stream icon to activate the service. For Mac computers, navigate to System Preferences, then iCloud, and select the box for Photos. For Windows computers, install and open the iCloud Control Panel, and activate Photos.

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