iPhone 14 (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yinon Ben Shoshan)
Apple announced on Sunday that it would shut down My Photo Stream on July 26, a service that allows you to upload files and videos from the past 30 days to iCloud. The veteran service was launched in 2011, with the official launch of the company's cloud service.
In a support document identified by MacRumors, Apple says My Photo Stream will automatically stop uploading photos to the company's servers on June 26, 2023. For now, your photos and videos will remain in iCloud for 30 days until it's officially shut down—on July 26. This means that if you want to access a specific photo on a particular device, Apple recommends saving it to your device's photo library before July 26.
"iCloud Photos is the best way to keep the photos and videos you take up to date across all your devices, safely stored in iCloud," Apple's official blog post reads.
"iCloud Photos is the best way to save the photos and videos you take," Apple's official blog reads. Pictured: Tim Cook, Apple CEO (Photo: GettyImages)
How do you save photos on my device?
- Open the gallery and click Albums
- Click "My Photo Stream"
- Click on the photo you want to save, then the share button > then Save Image
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If your content is automatically backed up to Apple's cloud, there's nothing to worry about.
My Photo Stream saves the last 1,000 photos taken (excluding Live Photos) so you can view and import them to all Apple devices - iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac, or by connecting to iCloud on Windows computers (browser version).
Content uploaded to iCloud through My Photo Stream doesn't count toward iCloud storage and is saved at a significantly lower resolution than the original photo. Concerned? Make sure your content is backed up in the cloud or directly on your device.