The Apple My Photo Stream feature, a free cloud storage system, is shutting down on July 26, about 10 years since it was launched.

Since June 26, 30 days before the shutdown, Apple has stopped automatically uploading photos from customer devices to the My Photo Stream. Images uploaded before that will remain on the service until July 26, this is when everything will be deleted completely.


To make sure you don’t lose all those precious memories, Apple suggested that you locate the original versions of the image from the source, which could be stored on an iPhone or iPad. Then, do the following:

  1. Open the Photos app and tap Albums.
  2. Tap My Photo Stream then tap Select. 
  3. Tap the photos that you want to save, then tap the Share button, and tap Save Image.

“So as long as you have the device with your originals, you won’t lose any photos as part of this process,” the company said.

As per Apple, the My Photo Stream storage option will now be replaced with iCloud Photos, which comes with free 5GB storage. If you want more, you’d have to pay for a monthly subscription.

Through iCloud Photos, you can share and see all your photos on different Apple devices where the account is linked.

“If you already have iCloud Photos enabled on all of your devices, you don’t need to do anything else — your photos already sync to iCloud,” Apple added. 

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