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Last month, Apple stopped the automatic uploading of media to My Photo Stream to prepare for its shutdown this month. This week, this will be finalized as all the pictures stored in the service will be completely removed on Wednesday.
“My Photo Stream is scheduled to be shut down on July 26, 2023,” the company announced in May. “As part of this transition, new photo uploads to My Photo Stream from your devices will stop one month before, on June 26, 2023. Any photos uploaded to the service before that date will remain in iCloud for 30 days from the date of upload and will be available to any of your devices where My Photo Stream is currently enabled. By July 26, 2023, there will be no photos remaining in My Photo Stream, and the service will be shut down.”
My Photo Stream started in 2011 as part of iCloud. The free feature was used to upload the user’s most recent photos (up to 1000 images), allowing them to view and import them to another device. It would then keep them for 30 days but later delete them from iCloud after the said period. This allowed the users to choose the photos they wanted to keep without consuming their free 5GB iCloud storage limit. However, this will no longer be possible with the shutdown of My Photo Stream.
On a positive note, if you are those who still have remaining photos in My Photo Stream, you still have the option to save any remaining media in the folder. Here are the ways you can keep the images on your devices:
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Open Photos and tap Albums.
- Tap My Photo Stream > Select.
- Tap the photos you want to save, then tap the Share button > Save Image.
- Open the Photos app, then open the My Photo Stream album.
- Select any photos you want to save that aren’t currently in your photo library.
- Drag them from the My Photo Stream album to your Library.