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My Photo Stream - What it is and how it can be used on macOS, iOS, iPadOS and tvOS

Limited storage space will long remain one of the biggest problems for iPhone, iPad and Mac owners. In addition to applications and games, photos and videos taken with the iPhone take up significant storage space.
Fortunately, Apple provides storage space in iCloud for photos and videos captured with iPhone or iPad. The upload in the cloud is done automatically, conditioned only by an internet connection, and the synchronization is done automatically on all idevice where the same account is logged Apple iCloud.

In the days when iCloud was not very popular, Apple introduced the service on iPhone, iPad and Mac "My Photo Stream"As part of the application Photographs. A service that once activated will put you in a kind of cloud, maximum 1.000 pictures, for 30 days. No video. No more the latest 1.000 pictures. The oldest 30 days will be deleted automatically, while the latest 1.000 will be deleted automatically sync on all devices that the option "My Photo Stream”Is activated. They will be available on iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
It is important to know that the pictures in My Photo Stream are a copy of those in the Photos gallery of the Photos application. Those will not be affected by automatic deletion if they are older than 30 days or are not found in the most recent 1.000 pictures.

My Photo Stream occupies the storage space on the device but does not count against the space offered by the iCloud service.

How to activate "My Photo Stream" on iPhone, iPad or macOS

If you have saved photos and videos in iCloud Photos, turn on the flow "My Photo Stream"It's useless.

Enable My Photo Stream on iOS / iPadOS

1. We go on iPhone or iPad in “Settings"→ we run to the application"Photographs".

2. Activate the option "My Photo Stream"

Once activated, the photos captured with iPhone or iPad will be uploaded in this stream and will be available on other idevice with the active option. Of course, it must be the same Apple account authenticated.

Enable My Photo Stream on macOS

For macOS, photo stream is just as easy to activate.

1. Open the "Photos" application and go to "Preferences".

2. Check the “My Photo Stream” option.

This option will not be visible if we have iCloud Photo Library enabled.

Deleting a photo from the Photo Stream gallery will automatically remove it from all devices on which this service is active.

My Photo Stream usage scenario

The option is very useful in various scenarios, for those who have multiple Apple devices. Let's take the scenario we have an iPhone and a Mac.
On iPhone we have the option "iCloud Photos"(Which will automatically upload to iCloud all photos and videos in the Photos application) and the service"My Photo Stream".
On the Mac, we don't want to have the "iCloud Photos" option active, but we want the latest 1.000 photos taken with the iPhone to sync automatically. Not older than 30 days.
In this scenario, activating the "My Photo Stream" option on iPhone and Mac is very useful. The photos will be automatically present on the Mac, from where they can be exported to the hard drive or imported into a local gallery of the Photo application, where there will be no limit of 1.000 files and no period of 30 days.

My Photo Stream - What it is and how it can be used on macOS, iOS, iPadOS and tvOS

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