How to turn Off My Photo Stream in iPhone, iPad

Photo Stream is quite a useful feature for all the Apple devices which was introduced in iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch with introduction of iCloud back in October, 2011 with iOS 5. With the years gone by there are many improvements done to basic Photo Stream feature. This article lets you know about the use of My Photo Stream feature and how to enable or disable it. In some situations My Photo Stream Album is not required hence you can turn off My Photo Stream in iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and save storage space on your Apple device.

Use of Photo Stream Feature in iOS and Mac

Photo Stream feature allows the syncing of Photos across all the Apple devices without having to connect them physically. This is possible because of iCloud. As soon as you click a photograph on your iOS device or Mac it is copied to My Photo Stream Album on your Apple device and shared to other Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account. For example, if you capture a picture on your iPhone, the image can be seen on your iPad(if it is using the same iCloud account) in My Photo Stream Album in Photos App.

Thus you don’t need a USB cable to connect the device and transfer photos among them as Photo Stream does that for you over a Wi-Fi connection. 

Advantages of My Photo Stream

  • It is a free service provided with Apple devices and you need not pay any fee.
  • Photo Stream does not affect iCloud storage in any way or other Photos stored on iCloud.
  • No need to download Photos taken on one device in another device as it is done autmatically via this feature

Limitations of My Photo Stream

  • Photo Stream Album can store maximum of 1000 pictures.
  • Photos older than 30 days will be removed from Photo Stream album automatically.

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Turn On My Photo Stream Album in iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

By default Photo Stream feature will be turned on in your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You can find the option to enable My Photo Stream by navigating as given below :

  • Open Settings App
  • Select iCloud in Settings

                       OR

  • Select Photos and Camera in Settings
  • If you selected iCloud then tap on Photos and Toggle My Photo Stream to ON under Photos
  • If you selected Photos and Camera, then directly you need to toggle My Photo Stream to ON.

By turning on the My Photo Stream a new album will be created in Photos and the Photos from last 30 days from all Apple devices will start copying/syncing to the Album when connected to Wi-Fi. 

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Turn Off My Photo Stream in iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 

By now you should very well know if My Photo Stream is useful for you or not. If you don’t own multiple Apple devices then My Photo Stream is not of much use to you. Also if you are ok with syncing/storing the Photos manually to your PC then you are better off deleting My Photo Stream Album and clearing up much needed space.

You can disable My Photo Stream by navigating as given below : 

  • Open Settings App
  • Select iCloud in Settings

                       OR

  • Select Photos and Camera in Settings
  • If you selected iCloud then tap on Photos and Toggle My Photo Stream to OFF under Photos
  • If you selected Photos and Camera, then directly you need to toggle My Photo Stream to OFF.
Turn On/ Off My Photo Stream in iPhone, iPad
Enable/Disable My Photo Stream

With this My Photo Stream album will be deleted/ removed from the Albums and Photos App, hence clearing up a lot of space approximately 1 GB 🙂 Really useful to disable it when you are running out of storage space on your device, specifically 16 GB versions.

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Hopefully after reading the article all your queries regarding My Photo Stream are resolved and you know whether you should enable or disable My Photo Stream in your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac. Let us know if you are facing any problems regarding My Photo Stream in your Apple device.

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