iCloud Photo Library

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Introduced alongside iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite 10.10, iCloud Photo Library is Apple's cloud-based photo storage service. It stores all of a users photos and syncs them across all devices signed into the same iCloud account.

iCloud Photo Library, which is a free optional service, keeps full-resolution photographs in the cloud while downloading lower-resolution versions on devices, cutting down on the amount of storage photos take up.

On iOS devices and Macs, images stored in iCloud Photo Library can be accessed through the Photos app. Images are also available through the iCloud.com website, accessible through any browser.

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How to Use iCloud Photo Library in Photos to Sync Pictures Between Devices

iCloud Photo Library was introduced with iOS 8, but with the launch of the Photos for OS X app, it's now available on the Mac. In a nutshell, iCloud Photo Library is Apple's newest photo service that lets you sync all of your images across all your devices and to iCloud. iCloud Photo Library supports several photo and video formats, storing photos in their original format, and it makes all of your media available on any device that has iCloud Photo Library turned on. This how-to will walk you through how to turn iCloud Photo Library on for each of your devices and how to minimize the space your photos take up on each device. Tips Before Getting Started In order to fully take advantage of iCloud Photo Library, you should turn it on for multiple computers, if necessary, as well as your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It is compatible with iOS 8.3 or later and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or later. You must be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi in order to begin the iCloud Photo Library upload process. Additionally, your device batteries must be fully charged, or at least connected to a power source. Apple provides 5GB of iCloud storage for free. It is highly likely you will need more than that to store all of your pictures and videos. If you go over the 5GB limit, Apple will prompt you to upgrade to a larger storage capacity before continuing. iCloud storage starts at $0.99 per month for 20 GB of storage. The 200GB storage plan costs $3.99 per month, while the 500GB plan costs $9.99 per month and the 1TB plan costs $19.99 per month. Be sure that all devices you

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iCloud Photos: What You Need to Know

iCloud Photos, formerly known as iCloud Photo Library, is an Apple service that moves the user's entire photo and video library into the cloud. It's part of Apple's push to make it as easy as possible for users to switch among Mac and iOS devices throughout the day, making sure the user's photos are available on all of their devices and ensuring any changes get quickly synced across devices. Turning on iCloud Photo Library - iOS: Open the Settings app and head to account section and tap on your iCloud account. In the "Apps Using iCloud" section, tap on Photos and you'll find a toggle for iCloud Photos. This option can also be accessed through the Photos app section of Settings. - macOS: Open System Preferences and head to the iCloud pane. If you're logged in, you'll see a list of the various iCloud services. Hit the "Options..." button next to Photos, and you'll see a window where you can turn on iCloud Photos. You can also manage settings within the Preferences section of the new Photos app directly. - Apple TV: On a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, head to the Accounts section of Settings, then choose iCloud and turn on the iCloud Photos option. - iCloud.com: Photos stored in iCloud Photo Library are also accessible through Apple's web-based iCloud.com service. Through the web interface, users can upload or download photos, browse via Moments and Albums view, print or email photos, and mark individual photos as favorites. iCloud Photos Settings The Photos apps for Mac and iOS are built to work with iCloud Photos, although users can opt to

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iCloud for Windows 5 Adds iCloud Photo Library and Two-Factor Authentication

Apple has released iCloud for Windows 5 with support for iCloud Photo Library and two-factor authentication for Apple ID accounts. Windows users were previously limited to accessing iCloud Photo Library through the web interface. Apple recommends that iCloud for Windows users have Windows 7, 8 or 10 installed. For email, the software currently supports Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2013, while Outlook 2016 users can access iCloud Mail, Contacts, and Calendars on iCloud.com.Use iCloud Photo Library on your Windows PC to download all of the photos and videos from your Apple devices to your computer, or upload your Windows Pictures library to iCloud. And when you turn on iCloud Photo Sharing, you can share your captured memories with just the people you choose.Apple has published a support document for setting up and using iCloud Photo Library on Windows.