How to Disable Shared Photo Stream Notifications

Sharing cool photos and videos with friends and family offers me enormous joy. With iCloud Photo Sharing, I’m able to seamlessly share all of my awesome pics with my loved ones. To bring more fun into the play, I allow them to also add their beautiful pics and comments to the shared photo stream. Hence, whenever anyone adds a new shot or comment, I get alerts about it, which help me remain updated with ease. But when I don’t want random alerts to take away my peace, I completely disable photo stream notifications on my iOS device.

Fortunately, there is an option to turn off alerts both from specific or all photo streams. Just in case you don’t want to altogether pull down the curtain, you can customize the alert style and type depending on your convenience. Here is how it works!

How to Disable Individual Photo Stream Notifications

Step #1. Open Photos app on your iOS device → Tap on the Shared tab at the bottom.

Tap on Shared Tab in iPhone Photos App

Step #2. Now, tap on Shared at the top left corner of the screen to go to main album screen.

Tap on Shared Button from Top Left Corner

Step #3. Next up, you have to select a shared album from which you no longer want to receive notifications from.

Tap on Shared Album in iPhone Photos App

Step #4. Tap on People tab at the bottom.

Tap on People Tab in Shared Album in iPhone Photos App

Step #5. Finally, turn off the switch next to Notifications.

Disable Notifications from Individual Photo Stream on iPhone and iPad

That’s done!

From now onwards, you won’t receive notifications from this shared album. If you ever happen to change your mind and want to get alerts, simply follow all the steps mentioned above and turn on the switch in the end.

How to Disable All Shared Photo Stream Notifications

 Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on Notifications.

Tap on Settings then NotificationsStep #2. Now, tap on Photos.


Tap on Photos in Notification Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Toggle off the switch next to Allow Notifications.

Turn off Notifications from All Shared Photo Streams on iPhone and iPad

One thing you need to know that it will also disable notifications from Memories as well.

How to Customize iCloud Photo Sharing Notifications

If you don’t want to completely disable alerts, you have several options to customize them as per your need.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Notifications.

Tap on Settings then Notifications

Step #2. Tap on Photos.

Tap on Photos in Notification Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Now, tap on iCloud Photo Sharing.

Tap on iCloud Photo Sharing in iPhone Settings

Step #4. Now, you have several options: For instance, you can disable badge app icon, change the alert style. (How to Set Persistent App Notifications in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad)

Customize iCloud Photo Sharing Notifications on iPhone

There is an option to hide notification preview as well. Tap on Show Previews. Now, you have three choices: Always, When Unlocked and Never.

You need to select Never to keep notification previews hidden.

Don’t want to get alerts from everyone? Not a problem, you can get alerts only from your contacts. To do so, select Show Alerts from My Contacts under Photos Options.

Wrapping up

So, that’s how you can easily keep photo stream notifications away or fine tune them to suit your needs better! Have any feedback? Share it with us in the comments below.

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