Share Pictures Easily with Photo Streams in iOS
Photo Streams are a great addition to iOS, but thus far seem to be an underused feature. With Photo Stream, you can easily share a collection of images with a select group of people, without having to go through the usual avenues of social networks. Instead, you create an instant gallery right out of the Photos app, select people to share it with, and that’s about it. If you feel like sharing it with a broader audience, you can even get a URL which allows anyone to view the images through the web.
If you’re unfamiliar with Photo Stream, here’s how to create a stream, add people to shared photo streams, add and remove images, and of course, how to delete them too. This process will be the same on any iOS device running iOS 6 or later, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad mini.
Creating and Sharing Photo Streams
- Open “Photos” app and enter camera roll or an album, then tap “Edit”
- Tap each picture you want to add to the shared stream, images will appear with a red checkmark on it, then tap “Share” followed by “Photo Stream”
- Add people to share the photo stream with, give the stream a name, tap “Next” and then “Post” to share the stream
If you start the creation process from the Photo Stream tab instead, the Next button will automatically be “Create”. That’s obviously easy enough, but you can also add more people to shared streams, add or remove pictures, and of course delete the stream entirely.
Add More People to Existing Shared Photo Streams
- Open “Photos” app and tap the “Photo Stream” button
- Tap the blue button next to the stream, then look under “Subscribers” and tap “Add People…”
Add or Remove Pictures to Existing Shared Photo Streams
- From Photos app, again tap the Photo Stream button
- Tap the Photo Stream to add pictures to, then tap “Edit”, followed by “Add” to browse through Camera Roll and select images to add to the shared stream, tap “Done” when finished
Deleting Photo Streams
- From Photos, tap the blue > arrow button next to the photo stream name
- Scroll to the bottom and tap the big red “Delete Photo Stream” button, confirm the deletion
Remember that once you have Photo Streams enabled, you can also access them in OS X Mountain Lion through Finder, iPhoto, and even as a screen saver. Photo Streams are also available as a screen saver on Apple TV.