Manually add photos to photo stream

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sheetrock321, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. sheetrock321 macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2008
    I like keeping my photo stream on my phone to a minimum, just really cool pics I might send to friends multiple times.

    BUT I like how pictures I take on my iPhone go to iPhoto on my computer.

    I don't know what preferences to select in iPhoto>Preferences>Photo Stream or if it's preferences on my actual iPhone.

    Any help? or clever solution? Biggest point is I like keeping my main photostream on my phone to a minimum.

    I am aware and use sub photo streams for sharing.
  2. cledet macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    You can use Shared Photo Streams and add photos manually then shared them with your friends. I use it all the time to share pictures of my kids with my relatives.
  3. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I'm pretty sure that photostream is an "all-or-nothing" type service. That is to say, photostream on your computer will be the same as photostream on your phone/ipad. It's not possible to only keep a subset of your photostream on your phone.
  4. kelub macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    This. I use "Shared Photo Streams" like albums. I have one named "Apple TV" that my aTV uses for screen saver photos - I just add pics to the photo stream and they show up in the mix. I have one for a recent family vacation, one for sharing with family, one for sharing with friends... and several I don't share with anyone.

    I hate how creating regular albums still requires pictures to stay in the camera roll; with photo stream, you can delete the pic from your camera roll and it's still in the stream. If you use software like Aperture (iPhoto may do this too) it's possible to upload pictures from the software straight to a shared photo stream (or create a new shared photo stream).

    It's a much better option than micro-managing the default photo stream. To add pictures to it, you have to go into the photo stream, then click edit. You'll then be given an "add" button that allows you to go select pictures from your phone to add to the photo stream.
  5. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    There's no automated method or setting to "trim" Photo Stream or the Camera Roll on your iPhone.

    Just curious - you want to keep Photo Stream to a minimum on the iPhone. What do you do with Camera Roll images?

    You might consider deleting from Camera Roll while leaving Photo Stream alone, and create Shared Photo Streams rather than Albums for the photos you want to keep on the phone.

    Why? If left alone, Camera Roll just keeps growing. However, the oldest Photo Stream images will eventually be deleted automatically. (I have 123 images in my Photo Stream, going back to last fall - so Apple's "scroll-off after a month" probably depends on how heavily you use your camera.)

    Camera Roll images are also saved in your iPhone backup file, while Photo Stream is not. If you use iCloud for backup, a big Camera Roll could require the purchase of additional iCloud storage.

    My Photo Stream photos are automatically saved to Aperture on my Mac, so as long as I know they've been saved, I know it's safe to clean house on the iPhone.
  6. sheetrock321 thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2008
    Until I manually deleted my Main (default I guess) photostream on iPhoto, and thus, on my iPhone, the number of images in my camera roll were about the same number in my Main photostream. So I've heard about the auto delete after 30 days feature. I'm not clear on it, but I'm not sure it's working.

    But after reading your tips I've made shared photostreams for myself (pics I share with multiple friends, lake pictures, ects.)

    I had a shared photostream with a friend, but I guess I just didn't think to have one for me, kind of a work around fix, but I think it will work great.
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    The 30 days rule is for photos that are stored on iCloud. It's to give you enough time for the complete list to sync. Once synced, it's the latest 1000 photos that appear in the Photostream
  8. drmelb1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2013
    I just started using shared photo streams with Aperture - 18,000 photos.
    My start up disc is full. It appears that Aperture has duplicated all the photos into photo stream albums. As I delete the photo stream albums and empty trash my memory is increasing. Is this normal or have I set up my photo stream sharing incorrectly??

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