ICloud selective use ?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Rjofo, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Rjofo macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2016
    Hi, I would like to know if it is worthwhile opening an ICloud account to share phtos on a selective basis.

    What I want to do is to upload only those photos I wish to share with certain friends, not all my photos in Mac Photos. I do not wish to upload all my photos, only the ones I choose.

    I wish to be able to choose the friends I want to share one set of photos with and other friends with whom I wish to share other photos.

    So I do not wish to give people complete access to all my photos on ICloud.

    Is this possible? If so what are the settings to use to obtain this and avoid having all my photos uploaded and shared with all my friends ?

    Thanks for all advice,
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Yes. You turn on iCloud Photo Sharing in Photos, and then select the photos you want to share. You can share to specific Apple IDs, or you can create URLs to share with non-Apple folks.

    See: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202786

  3. Rjofo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2016
    Thank you for this rapid reply, Alrescha. Does this mean that I can choose the people with whom I share the photos?

    I mean if I share my London holiday photos with Mary does that mean that she has automatic access to my Berlin holiday photos that I wish to share only with Bob ? Thanks once again.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    No, you invite people on a per-album basis, so they only have access to those specific photos you've shared with them individually.
  5. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    No - you create shared albums with photos you want to share and choose who can see them. You can have as many shared albums as you want and each one can have different people accessing it
  6. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Yes. If Mary has an Apple ID, you can share only to her. If she does not, you can create a URL and send it to her (the URL is randomly generated - but it will work for anyone who knows it, so keep that in mind).

    I would suggest you try this with a few photos and see how it works.

  7. Rjofo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2016
    Thank you, T'hain Esh Kelch and Phil A, this is exactly what I wanted to know.
    Best wishes,
    --- Post Merged, Sep 26, 2016 ---
    Yes this is precisely what i was wanting to know. Not all my friends have Apple IDs and I generally don't know what that might be. Thanks, Rojofo.
  8. Rjofo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2016
  9. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    To share the album:
    Select the pictures or album and click on the Share icon in the upper right (the up arrow).
    Choose iCloud Photo Sharing.
    Choose New Shared Album.
    Fill in a name for this album.
    Click Create.

    Photos will create a new shared album and upload your pictures.

    For your non-Apple friends,
    Select the new shared album under Shared
    Click on the People icon in the upper right (next to the Share icon)
    Check the Public Website box
    Copy and send the URL to your friends.

  10. Rjofo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2016
    Thank you, Alrescha, for taking the time and having the patience to explain this.

    I had worked out the first part and got to the people icon. Now, with your advice, I understand how to share with the URL.

    Perhaps I should add that I am going through this process in order to copy the legends that I put on the photos in Iphoto and Photos; I wish to share these legends with the photos, otherwise the photos have no meaning. I used to use Picasa for this and it worked fine. GooglePhoto can no longer copy the legends (as far as I can determine from my own failure to do so and some time spent searching the web to see many other users complain like me).

    So I am turning to an Apple product like ICloud so that these legends can be uploaded and shared with the photos.

    Unfortunately, I suspect that the legends are not on the photos on ICloud and that I have wasted my time. I am waiting for my friends to let me know if they can see the legends but I am not optimistic.

    Thank you nevertheless for your time.

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