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For many of us, some of the fun of taking photos (or videos) is sharing them with friends and family. If we want to share just one photo, email or Messages works nicely, but for lots of images that showcase a vacation or other special event, we use iCloud Photo Sharing.
iCloud Photo Sharing is a feature in Apple’s Photos app that makes it easy to create a shared album and to invite other iCloud users to subscribe to it. You can also share the album as a Web page that anyone can see, even if they don’t have an iCloud account or use Apple devices.
To make this work, begin by turning on iCloud Photo Sharing:
Now it’s time to put your photos into a shared photo album. Follow these steps:
Your new album appears in the Shared category of Photos, accessible from the left-hand sidebar on the Mac, or from the bottom of the screen in iOS (if necessary, back out of the view until you see the cloud-shaped Shared button at the bottom of the screen).
Any iCloud users with whom you’ve shared the album will receive an email message inviting them to subscribe. They’ll need to click a button within the message to subscribe. Once they’ve subscribed, the album will appear in the Shared category of their Photos app.
Now it’s time to configure your album, so open the album and hit the People button at the top of the screen (on the bottom in iOS). You see various options, including a few aimed at any iCloud subscribers: select a name to send the invitation email again or to uninvite them. You can also invite more people by clicking or tapping the plus sign. If you don’t want invited people to add their own items to the album, turn off Subscribers Can Post.
You can also turn on the Public Website option. This will create the page and display its address, which you can copy to the Mac’s Clipboard by Control-clicking it and choosing Copy Link (in iOS, tap Share Link to access sharing options). A button at the bottom of this area lets you delete the album—you may have to scroll down to see it.
It’s easy to add more photos:
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