Photo Stream is an awesome feature that was announced with iOS 5 and iCloud. With Photo Stream, whenever you take a photo on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, it’s automatically uploaded to Apple’s iCloud servers and streamed to all of your Mac and iOS devices.
Photo Stream doesn’t count against your iCloud storage. Lastly, Photo Stream stores 1000 pictures for up to thirty days in the cloud. After your photos are deleted from Apple’s iCloud servers, they still remain on your device’s internal memory.
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to setup Photo Stream on your iOS and Mac OS X devices. This tutorial requires an iOS device running iOS 5 and/or a Mac running OS X Lion.
NOTE: You must be signed into an iCloud account on your Mac or iOS device. You can do this through the Settings app.
Setting Up Photo Stream – iOS
To start, open the Settings app on your iOS device. Once the app has completely launched, scroll down until you see an option labeled iCloud. Tap on this option.
Look towards the bottom of your screen, you will see an option labeled Photo Stream, tap on this option. Look towards the center of the screen, you can now toggle Photo Stream off or on. You have now activated Photo Stream.
Setting Up Photo Stream – Mac OS X
To start, launch the Settings app. Look towards the center of the window, you will see a header labeled Internet & Wireless. Under this header is an option labeled iCloud. Click on this option.
Look towards the center of the iCloud window, you will see a list of options. Check the checkbox that is labeled Photo Stream. You have now activated Photo Stream in iPhoto.
Using Photo Stream – OS X
To use Photo Stream, open iPhoto. Once iPhoto has completely launched, look towards the left-hand side of the iPhoto window. You will see an option labeled Photo Stream. Click on this option to view your Photo Stream photos.
Uploading photos to your Photo Stream is simple! Drag and drop an image from your iPhoto library to the Photo Stream icon located towards the left-hand side of the iPhoto window.
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