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Introduction: In this ever-changing age, keeping and sharing photos has become an essential part of our lives. With the iCloud Shared Photo Library, Apple offers a convenient way to share and access photos with family and friends.

Whether you're new to iCloud or an experienced user, this guide will walk you through the ins and outs of the iCloud Shared Photo Library. From creating and opening a shared library to exploring its features and tips for iOS 16, we've got you covered. Let's dive in!

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Part 1: Create a Shared Photo Library

To begin using the iCloud Shared Photo Library, you'll need to ensure that your devices meet the necessary requirements. The library is compatible with iOS 8 or later, macOS Yosemite or later, and Windows 7 or later. Once you've confirmed compatibility, follow these steps to create your shared library:

  1. Go to Settings and then Photos.
  2. Tap on Shared Library.
    create a shared album
  3. Select people with whom you want to share photos, or you can invite them later.
    invite more people
  4. Select photos that you want to share, or move them after the setup.
  5. The pop-up instructions will allow you to preview your Shared Library, and you can confirm the photos and invite more people.
    photo library preview

Part 2: Open the iCloud Shared Photo Library

Now that you've created your shared library, it's time to learn how to access and use it. Follow these steps to turn on the iCloud Shared Photo Library:

  1. Go to the Photos app.
  2. Tap on For Your Shared Library under For You.
    for your library
  3. In it, you can add, edit, and delete photos, as well as set the library to personal.

Once you've turned on the iCloud Shared Photo Library, you can also start using it in the Camera app. When taking photos or videos, you can choose to easily share them by tapping on the Shared Library icon on the upper part of the screen.

in camera app

Part 3: What You Can Do in an iCloud Shared Photo Library

The iCloud Shared Photo Library offers a range of features and capabilities, and they allow you to manage and interact with your shared photos. This list includes things you can do in a Shared Photo Library:

  1. Add and delete photos: Easily add new photos or videos to your shared library, and remove any that you no longer want to share.
  2. Like and comment: Interact with the shared photos by liking them or leaving comments for others to see.
  3. Edit and enhance: Make edits to your shared photos, such as cropping, applying filters, or adjusting the lightning.
  4. Share with others: Invite more people to join your shared library or share specific photos with individuals via messaging or email.
  5. Save to your device: Save any photos from the shared library to your device for offline access.

Part 4: Tips for iCloud Shared Photo Library on iOS 16

If you're using iOS 16, there are some additional tips and tricks that can enhance your experience with the iCloud Shared Photo Library. Here are a few:

Sharing Options: iOS 16 introduces new sharing options that allow you to share your entire iCloud photo library with your family. This means that everyone in your family can access and contribute to the shared library, creating a collaborative photo album.

sharing options

Move Photos to Your Shared Library: To organize your photos, you can easily move them from your personal library to the shared library. Just select the photos you want to move, tap the share button, and choose the shared library as the destination.

move to personal library

Switching Between Personal and Shared Library: If you want to switch between viewing your personal library and the shared library, you can do so seamlessly. In the Photos app, tap on the "Library" tab at the bottom of the screen and select either "Photos" or "Shared" to switch between the two.

personal library

Part 5: Delete a Shared Library

If you no longer need a shared library or want to remove it for any reason, follow these steps to delete it:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Photos and then Shared Library.
  3. Tap on Delete Shared Library.
  4. You can select Keep Everything or Keep Only What I Contributed before deleting it.
    delete shared library

Share Between Devices Without iCloud or Shared Library

While the iCloud Shared Photo Library is a convenient way to share photos, there are alternative methods available. One such method is using Phone Transfer of Wondershare MobileTrans. This tool allows you to share photos effortlessly between your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC.

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Here's how you can use it:

  1. Download and install MobileTrans on your computer.
  2. Launch the program and connect your devices to the computer using USB or lightening cables.
  3. Select the "Phone Transfer" feature from the main menu.
    phone transfer 1
  4. Choose Photos and other data you want.
  5. Click on "Start" to initiate the transfer process.
    phone transfer
  6. Once the transfer is complete, you can access the photos on the target device.


The iCloud Shared Photo Library is a powerful tool for sharing and accessing photos across devices. By following the steps and tips outlined in this guide, you can make the most of this feature and enhance your photo-sharing experience. Whether you're an iOS 16 user or looking for alternative methods, we've provided comprehensive information to meet your needs. Start sharing your memories with ease and convenience today!

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  • Can you share an entire iCloud photo library?
    Yes, with the advance of iOS 16, you can now share your entire iCloud photo library with your family. This allows everyone in your family to access and contribute to the shared library, creating a collaborative photo album.
  • Can other people see my iCloud photo library?
    By default, your iCloud photo library is private and can only be accessed by you. However, if you choose to share your library with certain people, they will be able to view and interact with the shared photos.
  • What is the difference between Shared Photo Library and Shared Albums in iOS?
    The Shared Photo Library allows for sharing the entire library, including all photos and videos, with others. On the other hand, Shared Albums are specific albums within the library that can be shared. Shared Albums offer more control over which photos are shared and who can contribute to the album.
Navkiran Dhaliwal
Navkiran Dhaliwal Jun 07, 24
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