How to Set Up iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows

You should enable iCloud Photo Sharing on your iOS, macOS or Windows devices if you want to offer complete privacy to your shared album. Aside from providing the advanced level of encryption, it allows you to manage the album with ease.

Sharing is caring! “iCloud Photo Sharing” can add plenty of fun to the way you share your memorable photos with friends and loved ones. If you wish to have a more secure and private way of exchanging photos, this feature is the way to go. If you haven’t started as yet, now is the time to set up iCloud Photo Sharing across your devices.

So, how does this feature work? Well, it’s more intuitive and allows you to share images with only the people you invite. Once onboard, your friends can add their images, short videos, and even comments. Of course, you get the complete command over the shared album and can revoke its access as and when you want. Jump right in to get going!

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How to Turn On iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC

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What are the requirements to use iCloud Photo Sharing? As it uses the iCloud account, you and all the people you wish to invite need to have it. Apple offers up to 5GB of free iCloud storage. If your file size exceeds the basic offering, you will have to upgrade the plan.

What about those who don’t have iCloud account? Well, with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, Apple lets you share your photo album even with those who don’t have iCloud account.  Besides, you can also share specific photos using the expiring link with anyone from your iPhone running iOS 12. Do note that these new methods don’t offer the same level of privacy.

The File Formats that Support  iCloud Photo Sharing

  • iCloud Photo Sharing is compatible with multiple file types including HEIF, JPEG, RAW, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and MP4. It also has the support for slo-mo, time-lapse, and Live Photos.
  • Your shared images (captured by point-and-shoot cameras, SLR cameras, or iOS devices) feature 2048 pixels on the long edge. Panoramic photos are up to 5400 pixels wide.
  • iCloud Photo Sharing is compatible with HEVC, MP4, QuickTime video file types, and H.264 and MPEG-4 Video file formats.
  • The shared videos can be up to fifteen minutes in length. They are delivered at up to 720p resolution. Besides, your GIFs need to be 100MB or smaller.

Make Sure:

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  • Ensure that you have enabled iCloud on all of your devices.
  • Be sure all of your devices are using the same iCloud account.
  • Make sure your PC is running Windows 7 or later. Besides, ensure that you have already downloaded iCloud for Windows if you wish to enable this feature on your PC.

How to Get Into iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

Launch Settings app on iPhone

Step #2. Now, tap on Photos.

Tap on Photos in Settings on iPhone

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Step #3. Turn on the switch next to iCloud Photo Sharing.

Turn on Switch to Enable iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone

Note: In iOS 12, you need to turn on the switch next to Shared Albums. Settings → Photos → Shared Albums.

Turn on Shared Albums Switch to Enable iCloud Photo Sharing in iOS 12

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That’s it! You have enabled this feature on your iOS device.

If you ever wished to turn it off, follow the same steps mentioned above and turn off the switch in the end.

How to Set Up iCloud Photo Sharing on your Mac

Step #1. Open Photos app on your Mac.

Open Photos App on Mac

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Step #2. Now, select Photos in the left corner and then click on Preferences from the drop-down menu.

Select Photos and then click on Preferences in Menu on Mac

Step #4. Next, click on iCloud tab.

Click on iCloud Tab in Photos App on Mac

Step #5. Next up, check the box for iCloud Photo Sharing.

Check the Box to Enable iCloud Photo Sharing on your Mac

Note: In macOS Mojave, you need to tick the box for Shared Albums.

Tick the box for Shared Albums to Enable iCloud Photo Sharing in macOS Mojave

How to Enable iCloud Photo Sharing on your Windows PC

Step #1. Open iCloud app on your computer.

Step #2. Now, click on the Options button next to Photos.

Click on Options button next to Photos in iCloud App

Step #3. Next up, tick the box for iCloud Photo Sharing.

Tick the Box to Enable iCloud Photo Sharing on PC

That’s done!

Your take!

I do enjoy blasting some of my coolest clips and shots on social media apps like Facebook and Instagram. However, if I have to share some personal stuff, I always choose to go this way. Let me know what you think of it and whether you would like to give it a go as well.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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