iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service launched by Apple Inc. on October 12, 2011, built into every Apple device. With it, users can store data such as documents, photos, and music on remote servers anytime and anywhere, for downloading to iOS, macOS, or Windows devices, sharing and sending data with other users, and managing their Apple devices if lost or stolen.
Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage. One of the best features of iCloud is Shared Albums, formerly known as iCloud Photo Sharing, so many users choose to store their photos and videos in iCloud for easy access and sharing at any time. In iCloud, users can share albums privately, allowing friends and family to like, comment, and even upload their own photos and videos.
Have you ever wanted to share your photos and videos with friends and family without posting them privately on social media? Try out the powerful photo-sharing service provided by iCloud. If you don't know how to use it yet, don't worry! Read on to learn how to share iCloud photos with family and friends.
How to Share Photos on iCloud with Family and Friends
Starting with the release of iOS 12, Apple renamed iCloud's album sharing feature to simply Shared Albums. So depending on which iOS you're using, you might see Shared Albums or iCloud Photo Sharing. Sharing photos using iCloud's couldn't be easier, and the only thing you need to do is make sure everyone you're sharing with has this feature enabled on their devices.
Before album sharing, you need to simply set up iCloud Shared Albums:
Step 1: On your iPhone, open the "Settings" app.
Step 2: Click on the "Photos".
Step 3: Open the shared album.
Note: In iOS 11 or earlier, turn on iCloud Photo Sharing.
Situation 1: How to Share a Photo Album on iPhone
If you have already created an album and now want to share it, you must copy the photos to a new shared album. This might sound tedious at first, but I promise, it's easy. Just follow the steps below to share your existing album:
Step 1: Open the "Photos" app.
Step 2: Tap the album you want to share, tap Select > Select All.
Step 3: Click the share icon in the lower-left corner. In the pop-up menu, click "Add to Shared Album".
Step 4: Name your shared album and click "Next".
Step 5: Add the people you want to share the album with.
Situation 2: How to Make a Shared Album on iPhone and to Share
If you don't have an existing album to share, you can also create a new album separately to share with friends and family. To create a new shared album directly on your iPhone, just follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the "Photos" app.
Step 2: Click Albums > + > New Shared Album. Give your new album a name and click "Next".
Step 3: Add friends and family with whom you want to share the album, then tap "Create".
Now you can share your photos privately with family and friends without worrying about them showing up on your social media accounts for everyone to see.
How to Share Photos in Google Photos with Family and Friends
In addition to storing photos in iCloud, many users also choose to store photos in cloud storage services, such as Google Photos. Compared to the 5GB of storage space provided by iCloud for free, Google Photos provides 3 times the storage space provided by iCloud. And based on powerful AI technology, users can get more intelligent image search and recommendation services in Google Photos.
So, how can you be more secure and private when using Google Photos to share photos from your albums? Many users know that when Google Photos shares an album, there will be a sharing link, and any people who get the link can view the shared content, which is not safe at all.
To better share your private pictures, you can try this multiple cloud storage manager --- MultCloud. Currently, MultCloud provides 2 unique modes for you to share photos from Google Photos. One is "Public Share", where anyone can view the photo via the sharing link, and the other is "Private Share", where only recipients with a password can view the photo via the sharing link.
So, how to securely share Google Photos via MultCloud's "Private Share"?
Step 1: Sign up with your name and email. Then click "Create Account". You can also authorize login directly with your Google and Facebook accounts.
Step 2: Click "Add Cloud" under the "My Cloud Drives" sidebar menu. Then select the Google Photos icon on the left.
Step 3: Allow MultCloud to access your Google Photos account in the pop-up window.
- MultCloud supports adding more than 30+ cloud drives. If necessary, you can add all your cloud drive accounts to better manage multiple cloud storage accounts.
- If you want to share photos from other cloud accounts, just click the cloud you added earlier in the My Cloud Drives list and select the folder you want to share.
Step 4: Check the box in front of the folder. Then right-click the folder, and select "Share" in the pop-up window.
Step 5: Select a sharing mode in the pop-up window. Then click the purple button "Create Share". To share your photos more securely or privately, you need to select the "Private Share" mode.
Step 6: Copy the link and password, and share. You can also share links via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
After sharing, you can manage all the content you share in the "Shares" interface, and you can also grant or revoke upload permissions for those who get the shared content.
- The entire process can be done on any device with a browser.
- When you create a private sharing link, you are given a random four-digit password that you can change at will.
- After users get the sharing link, they need to enter the correct password to view the shared content.
Besides sharing, what other practical features does MultCloud offer?
- Cloud Transfer: Directly transfer large amounts of data at once using 10 threads across cloud drives, such as transfer Google Drive to MEGA, without complicated download and upload steps.
- Team Transfer: If you're an admin of business clouds, you can use this feature to easily migrate all accounts from one business cloud to another. For example, each user will have a folder of their own in a cloud platform, and MultCloud can automatically pair the folders from two different business clouds and migrate the files from one cloud to another.
- Cloud Sync: Support 9 sync modes: "Real Time Sync", "Two-way Sync", "Simple Sync", "Mirror Sync", "Move Sync", "Cumulative Sync", "Update Sync", "Incremental Sync", and "Full Sync" Backup Sync".
- Cloud Backup: Support backing up files from one cloud drive to another (e.g. backup OneDrive to Amazon S3) and restoring file versions.
- Remote Upload: Upload URLs, torrent files or magnet links remotely to the cloud, so you can download torrents directly to Google Drive or other cloud drives.
- Cloud File Management: Safely and easily achieve operations with encryption technology, such as copying, downloading, sharing, cutting, pasting, deleting, previewing, renaming, and copying files or folders.
With the methods and the tool provided in this article, you will know clearly how to share photos on iCloud and how to share photos in Google Photos. iCloud can help you share photos and albums on your phone very well, and MultCloud can help you share pictures on Google Photos and other cloud drives privately.
If you are using multiple cloud storage accounts and are confused about cloud data migration, you can try other functions provided by MultCloud, such as Cloud Transfer, Team Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, and Remote Upload. These features can help you to better implement cloud to cloud transfer, sync, or backup data in clouds, even remote upload to clouds.