Apple has announced an iCloud Shared Photo Library in iOS 16. Its purpose is to share photos with your friends and family making it convenient. This is how it works and how you can use it.
A new option in the Photos app enables you to make a shared library with the new iCloud Shared Photo Library in iOS 16. You can also invite anyone with an Apple device to view the photos, contribute photos to the library, and edit the photos stored in the Photo Library along with favoriting photos and adding captions. There are no boundaries and all the members have equal permissions.
Creating a Shared Library is pretty easy. You can select the photos from your iCloud Photo Library that you want to add to the Shared Library. Before opting to share it, you can check the data that you’ve added to the Library.
All of this can be done via the pop-up interface. It shows up when you open the Photos app for the first time after updating to iOS 16. You can put one up through Settings later. Following are the steps included thru the latter route.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
- Scroll down and tap Photos
- Under “Library,” tap Shared Library
- Tap Get Started
- Tap Add Participants to add people to the library (you can add up to five other people), then tap Next. Alternatively, tap Add Later
- Choose existing photos and videos to move out of your library and into the shared library by selecting one of the following: All My Photos and Videos, Choose by People or Date, or Choose Manually. Then tap Next
- Opt to Preview Shared Library or Skip
- Tap Invite via Messages to invite your participants in an iMessage, or tap Share Link to use another method
- Opt to share photos from your camera Automatically or Manually
- Tap Done to finish setting up the Shared Library
Your Shared Library will be displayed in the Photos section of the Settings app once it is up and running. This way, you will be able to add more members, turn on and off Shared Library Suggestions, and control even if images are shared from your iPhone’s camera. You can enable or disable Deletion Notifications too.
iCloud Shared Photo Libraries can also be created on Macs running macOS Ventura in case you’re not on your iPhone or iPad. Open up the Photos app, click Settings, and then choose the Start Setup option to create a Shared Library.