30 Second Tips - Shared Photo Streams

This is the 39th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!

Have you ever been to a wedding or a large family gathering where you took a bunch of photos that you want to easily share with your loved ones? I know I have and there has never been a super easy way to share the photos with everyone.

Apple recently added a new feature to iCloud called Shared Photo Streams. This is a really neat way for you to share multiple photos with friends and family. I am going to show you how to use it on your iPad. The process is very similar on an iPhone.

Before you can take advantage of Shared Photo Streams you have to have iOS 6 installed on your iPad or iPhone. If you need help upgrading to iOS 6 check out my blog post with instructions. You also need to have an iCloud account set up on your iPad. If you need help setting up an iCloud account you can learn how to do so on Apple's website.

Once you have an iCloud account setup, you will want to verify that Photo Stream is turned on.

Tap on Settings

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Tap on iCloud and then tap on PhotoStream

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Make sure that My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Streams are turned on.

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Once you have verified that My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Streams are both turned on, you can tap on the Photos app.

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Once in the Photos app tap on Photo Stream

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Tap on the + button in the upper left hand corner.

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Enter the email addresses of the people you intend to send the photos to. You can enter more than one person if you would like to.

You will need to give the Photo Stream a name as well.

I would encourage you to turn the Public Website option on if anyone you plan on sending these photos to don't own an iPhone or iPad.

Tap on the Create button once you have completed the above steps.

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Once you have created the Photo Stream you will see a black rectangle with a cloud symbol on it. Tap on the empty Photo Stream.

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Tap on the Add Photos button in the upper right corner to select photos.

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Tap on the photos that you would like to share. Tap on the Done button in the upper right corner when you have selected all the photos that you want to share.

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If the person you are sending the photos to have an iPad or iPhone running iOS 6 the Photo Stream will automatically appear on their device. If they have another device they will receive an email inviting them to view the Photo Stream online.

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