Delete from Photostream, finally!


Jony Mac

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I dont think it deletes photos from PhotoStream as a whole, only the PhotoStream that is for that device.

Example: I deleted a photo from my iPad's PhotoStream. It specifically said this photo will only delete from my photostream on my iPad.

I opened my iPhone and confirmed it. Did another test deleting one photo from my iPhone's PhotoStream. Same message popped up stating this would only delete the photo from the Photostream on this iPhone.

So I'm assuming you'll have to manually delete the unwanted photos each time on every device.
 

Razeus

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I dont think it deletes photos from PhotoStream as a whole, only the PhotoStream that is for that device.

Example: I deleted a photo from my iPad's PhotoStream. It specifically said this photo will only delete from my photostream on my iPad.

I opened my iPhone and confirmed it. Did another test deleting one photo from my iPhone's PhotoStream. Same message popped up stating this would only delete the photo from the Photostream on this iPhone.

So I'm assuming you'll have to manually delete the unwanted photos each time on every device.
Well that blows. What's the point. Sigh..Apple.
 

Floris

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I dont think it deletes photos from PhotoStream as a whole, only the PhotoStream that is for that device.

Example: I deleted a photo from my iPad's PhotoStream. It specifically said this photo will only delete from my photostream on my iPad.

I opened my iPhone and confirmed it. Did another test deleting one photo from my iPhone's PhotoStream. Same message popped up stating this would only delete the photo from the Photostream on this iPhone.

So I'm assuming you'll have to manually delete the unwanted photos each time on every device.

Thank you for this information, I will go do a test myself.

You'd think that since it is a stream, it isn't a 'per device' thingy, this feels very 'how windows would do it' rather than how Mr Jobs would demand it to be done.

Let's hope it's a first step towards a more logical approach in the future.

Photo pool per device, Photo stream per iTunes account.
Delete a photo from your device, it deletes it from just that device.
Delete a photo from your stream, it deletes it from ... the stream (ergo, each device the stream shows up on).

At least I can clean up the photo stream first, before showing my photo albums to parents, friends, etc. Rather than having it include 1 good picture and 7 blurry ones. Because they love the device so much, they spend 30 minutes going through all the pictures in every album exploring and playing with the iPad. Having a cluttered photo stream is a no go.

Man if it is per device, that must such for people with a mac pro server, an iMac workstation, several iPhones and iPads in a family, etc. Takes an hour each day cleaning up a creative family using an iTunes account. lol
 

MXSkier62

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When I did it I was able to get it to delete from the photostream from both my iPhone and iPad, but when I went over to my laptop it was still there. I deleted the pictures from the album entitled "March 2012 photo stream" or whatever, but on the left side if iPhoto it still had the album "photo stream" (which I suppose is fine), but the pics that I had deleted from my phone and iPad (that had disappeared) and removed from my computer, were still in the cloud somewhere, just not on any device i use.

anyone notice this?
 

Starhawk

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Jul 9, 2008
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It looks like your old photos that have been sitting in photo stream have to be deleted per device, but new ones can be deleted from all of your devices at once.

I just tested it with my Apple TV and iPhone, deleting it from the photo stream on the Apple TV deleted it from the photo stream on my iPhone, and vice-versa.
 

Riggaz

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I can confirm this too. So all is needed is a once of cleanse on all your devices and you are ready to go!
 

Starhawk

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But, I think if a picture remains on the photo stream for over 30 days it will need to be manually deleted from each device.
 

vtstarck

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Does anyone know how to remove Photostream from Macs in iPhoto or from an Apple TV?
 

Bear

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I dont think it deletes photos from PhotoStream as a whole, only the PhotoStream that is for that device.

Example: I deleted a photo from my iPad's PhotoStream. It specifically said this photo will only delete from my photostream on my iPad.

I opened my iPhone and confirmed it. Did another test deleting one photo from my iPhone's PhotoStream. Same message popped up stating this would only delete the photo from the Photostream on this iPhone.

So I'm assuming you'll have to manually delete the unwanted photos each time on every device.
Did the iPhone download the photo before or after you deleted it from the iPad?

I suspect that it won't affect photos that were already downloaded from the stream, but will prevent any device that hasn't grabbed the photo yet from seeing it.
 

Starhawk

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Jul 9, 2008
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No, for newer pictures it will remove it from all the photo streams.

So, for example, try taking a picture from you iPhone. It will then appear in your iPhone and iPad's Photo stream.

You can then delete it from ANY of your devices and it will delete from ALL of them.

But this is for newer pictures because older ones on my devices have needed to be removed manually from each device.

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Does anyone know how to remove Photostream from Macs in iPhoto or from an Apple TV?
For the Apple TV, hold down the Select button on the thumbnail of the picture you want to delete.
 

calimed

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Jan 7, 2008
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Aperture?

So will Aperture also need an update?? None of the photo's that I delete are removed from my Aperture library? This better come soon...
 

Jony Mac

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This did it for the Apple TV. Thanks! Now if there's a way to delete from the Mac I'd be all set.
I deleted the unwanted ones off my Mac by deleting them from PhotoStream in iPhoto.

I noticed any new photos I take I can delete them from all devices now, it was just my old photos prior to 5.1 that would only delete on one device.
 

Cyacene

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Well I thought I was going to be really happy with this feature.... but, If I delete a photo from the Photostream, it does not delete it from my iMac iPhoto library. And if I delete a picture from my iMac iPhoto library (not Photostream), it doesn't remove it from the photo stream. So basically I could spend all day editing bad pictures out of my photo stream from my iPad, and when I get home, my iMac still has all the photos saved to its main library.

Kinda pointless no?
 

Razeus

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It looks like your old photos that have been sitting in photo stream have to be deleted per device, but new ones can be deleted from all of your devices at once.

I just tested it with my Apple TV and iPhone, deleting it from the photo stream on the Apple TV deleted it from the photo stream on my iPhone, and vice-versa.
Ok, cool. This is how I expected it to work.

Question: I do I put photos in my Photostream without snapping from my camera? For example, I have photos on my iPhone that I want to upload to my Photostream directly.
 

PNutts

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Question: I do I put photos in my Photostream without snapping from my camera? For example, I have photos on my iPhone that I want to upload to my Photostream directly.
On the PC there is a PhotoStream upload folder and I assume it's the same for a Mac. Photos placed in that folder are uploaded into PhotoStream. :) To get them there you'll need to get them off your phone and into that folder. In Windows I plug in the phone and copy them to the PC via Windows Explorer.
 

PNutts

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It turns out you can delete older (pre 5.1) photos from your Photo Stream from an iOS device. I posted the solution in this thread.

Thinking back to the chaos when iTunes Match rolled out and now folks are discovering these little features I'm beginning to be frustrated that there isn't more guidance from Apple other than at the highest level.