How does Photostream work?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by badlydrawnboy, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    I have Photostream turned on. My understanding is that whenever I take a picture and I have access to WiFi, it will be saved in Photostream and uploaded to the cloud.

    But let's say I take a picture without WiFi access, and it ends up in Camera Roll. How do I transfer it from there to Photostream?
  2. jeffm5690 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2010
    Having the same questions here. I take pics but they don't go into photo stream...
  3. techguy40 macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Just connect back to wifi on your device that you took the picture with and it will do it automatic.
  4. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
    It normally adds it when you get on your home Wifi, it will take a few, but they will show up.
  5. jeffm5690 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2010
    It's odd. I have 7 pics in camera roll and none in photostream on my iPhone. Been on my wifi for hours... Cloud is set to on.
  6. donster28, Oct 16, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011

    donster28 macrumors 68000

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    -Make sure you enable Photostream in iPhoto.

    -it also helps to check if iCloud is on in your Mac by going to Preferences.

    -Photostream only downloads the photos you took right after enabling Photostream in iPhoto.

    -Once your photos are in iCloud, you will have a visual representation in your Mac under 'Photostream' album in iPhoto. They will also be in a 'new event' album where you can delete any photo you wish. You cannot delete any of them from your 'Photostream' album however (have been trying to delete mine to no avail.). I believe they will be removed from iCloud after 30 days to make room for more (correct me if I'm wrong on this, anyone.)

    I hope this helps.
  7. tomsmonticello macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    Transferring Photos from Camera Roll to Photo Stream

    Is there any way that we can transfer photos on the camera roll on the iPhone (i.e. those taken on older phones/before PhotoStream was enabled) into the PhotoStream from the iPhone?

    I suppose you can upload them to your computer then put them in the PhotoStream file, but is there a way to do it from the phone?
  8. frosty001 macrumors member


    May 14, 2011
    Another question

    Would anyone mind letting me know how (or if) we need to do anything to save the images in photo stream?

    Is photo stream a 'preview' or your latest pics for convenience, or is it a temporary folder where the pics sit waiting to be organised, saved to specific folders or events.?

    i.e. in 30 days, if i do nothing will these pictures be automatically deleted and lost forever? I tried to drag n drop them to the main pictures folder in iPhoto, but it said this was a duplicate as the Photo Stream pics are already in a 'Photo Stream' events folder...
  9. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    the default option in iPhoto is for photostream photos to be automatically imported to your iPhoto. this means you'll see the same photos in two places, one in your photostream events folder and once in the photostream folder. The photos in the photostream events folder are actually on your computer and will never be deleted unless you delete them. The photos in the photostream folder will be gone after 30 days or after you reach 1000 photos, whichever comes first.

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