Apple’s “My photo stream” services, the free photo syncing service which was introduced with iCloud in 2011 is said to be shut down in late July, said the tech giant. On July 26 the feature will discontinue. It allows users to upload up to 1,000 of their last 30 days of images and videos to the cloud for free. It automatically syncs photos on Apple devices and the photos uploaded through the feature do not count toward storage quota. The only disadvantage is the photos are not saved in high-resolution.
My Photo Stream’ required users to actively save media to their Camera Roll or Library and photos on ‘My Photo Stream’ are available for a short period of time. After this period, these photos can’t be accessed in iCloud. In addition to this, it did not sync photos in their full resolution. Due to these reasons, ‘My Photo Stream’ was eventually replaced by more robust iCloud Photo Library, even though it required paid storage.“As part of this transition, new photo uploads to My Photo Stream from your devices will stop one month before, on June 26, 2023,” Apple added. he company said that the photos that users upload to the service before that date will stay in iCloud for 30 days after they are uploaded and users can access them on any of their devices that have ‘My Photo Stream’ turned on.
Apple assured that the photos in ‘My Photo Stream’ are already on one of the users’ devices at least, so users will not lose any photos if they have the device with their original photos. Users who wish to keep their photos on a certain device must save them to the Photo Library on that device before July 26.