On May 26, 2023, Apple announced that its long-standing service, “My Photo Stream,” will be discontinued on July 26, 2023. This change requires users who still rely on the feature to switch to using iCloud Photos before the shutdown date.
What is My Photo Stream?
My Photo Stream was a free service offered by Apple that allowed users to upload the last 30 days of their images (up to 1,000 photos) to iCloud. By doing so, users could access these photos seamlessly across their Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. However, with the introduction of iCloud Photos, My Photo Stream’s significance has diminished over time.
Transition to iCloud Photos
As part of Apple’s effort to streamline its photo management services, they now encourage all users to migrate to iCloud Photos instead of relying on My Photo Stream. The company has set June 26, 2023, as the last date for new photo uploads to My Photo Stream. Following that date, images will continue to be accessible on iCloud for 30 days until the final shutdown.
No Risk of Photo Loss
The discontinuation of My Photo Stream doesn’t pose any risk of losing precious memories. All the images in My Photo Stream are stored in their original format on at least one Apple device. Therefore, users can rest assured that their photos will remain safe even after the service shutdown. However, to be extra cautious, Apple recommends users who want their images on a particular device to save them to the Photo Library of that device before July 26.
Transitioning Images to the Photos App
For those wondering how to save their images before the shutdown, the process is relatively simple. On an iPhone, users can open the Photos app, access the My Photo Stream album, select individual photos, and then use the Share button to save them directly to the Library. Mac users can follow a similar process, but they will need to drag the images from My Photo Stream to the Library.
Embracing iCloud Photos
To provide a seamless experience for users, Apple advises all iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to enable iCloud Photos. By doing so, they can view and access their entire photo and video collection across all their devices. To use iCloud Photos, one should be running iOS 8.3 or later on their iPhones or iPads and OS X Yosemite or later on their Macs.
Apple’s decision to shut down the My Photo Stream service is part of their efforts to improve and consolidate their photo management offerings. Users are encouraged to transition to iCloud Photos, which provides a more comprehensive and integrated solution for managing their photos and videos across all Apple devices.
Q1: What will happen to my photos if I don’t switch to iCloud Photos before the shutdown date?
A1: Your photos will remain accessible on iCloud for 30 days following the My Photo Stream shutdown. After that, you won’t be able to use the My Photo Stream service to sync new images.
Q2: Can I save my My Photo Stream images to my computer before the shutdown?
A2: Yes, you can save your My Photo Stream images to your computer by using the Photos app on Mac or the Share button on iPhone.
Q3: Will I need to pay for iCloud Photos?
A3: iCloud Photos is available to all Apple users for free with limited storage. However, if you need more storage space, there are paid plans available.
Q4: Can I access my iCloud Photos from non-Apple devices?
A4: Yes, you can access your iCloud Photos from a web browser on any device with an internet connection.
Q5: What if I don’t want to use iCloud Photos? Are there alternative services?
A5: If you prefer not to use iCloud Photos, there are several third-party cloud storage services available that you can explore to store and manage your photos.