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Using iCloud With Photo Stream
Snap a picture, push it to all your iCloud enabled devices - instantly!
By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia
This is Part 3 of a series by Shirley Craig called  HIDDEN iPHONE TIPS & TRICKS

Photo Stream allows you to take a photo on any iOS device, or import a photo from your digital camera to your computer.

Then, utilizing Apple's iCloud, Photo Stream instantly pushes a copy of that photo over any available Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to the Photos app on your iOS devices, iPhoto on you or the Pictures Library on your PC.

In future articles, we will discuss more about iCloud but learning Photo Stream is a great way to get started with Apple's iCloud.


You also can have shared Photo Streams, which allows you to share your photographs with friends and family automatically. If you have Photo Stream enabled it will store up to the last 1,000 photos on the Apple iCloud for you in a rolling collection for 30 days.




So here's how it works.

First of all, you do need to make sure your iOS is up to date and that you have an iCloud (iTunes) account.  Now, go to Settings and select iCloud.



Then Select Photo Stream.  Notice I am signed into my iCloud Account.



Here's where you turn on My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Stream.  On this screen Apple also explains what will happen when you turn On either feature.




So now, you will see a Photo Stream icon at the bottom of the screen when you go to your Photo App.  Voila!  instantly shared photographs.




If you tap on Photo Stream it will bring up all the Photos recently taken and uploaded to your Stream. 


You can also get your photographs pushed automatically to your iMac or MacBook Pro if you enable Photo Stream in your iPhoto Preferences on your computer.  Note you do need to be running either Lion or Mountain Lion on your computer.



I hope you are enjoying learning more about your mobile devices in this series.  More next week.

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Shirley Craig has been involved in training and teaching Apple and iOS apps for years. Read Shirley's All Things Apple Blog for more


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