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How to Save Pictures Directly to Your iCloud Shared Photo Library
December 22, 2022

How to Save Pictures Directly to Your iCloud Shared Photo Library

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You can set your iPhone to automatically add photos you take to the iCloud Shared Photo Library instead of doing it manually every time. Here’s how.

The photo-sharing experience on your iPhone has just gotten a lot better with the iOS 16 update. iCloud Shared Photo Library is the perfect way to share pictures with your friends and family anytime, anywhere.

So, if you’re interested, read on to find out more about iCloud Shared Photo Library and how you can directly save photos to it from your Settings or Camera app.

What Is iCloud Shared Photo Library?

iCloud Shared Photo Library is a feature that allows a maximum of six people at a time that can add, delete, view, and edit photos in the library. How cool is that?

You can create one with your family or friends, and each of you can add visuals of your favorite moments together. However, the person creating the library provides storage for the Shared Library. This new addition is one of the many ways to make the most out of iCloud Photos.

So, how to add photos to it, you may ask? Well, you can manually add them from your Photos app. But an even cooler way of adding pictures to your Shared Library is directly from your Settings or Camera app. Let’s discuss this below, shall we?

How to Directly Save Photos to iCloud Shared Photo Library From Settings

There are more ways than one to save photos to your iCloud Shared Photo Library, and the first one we’ll discuss is from the Settings app. To begin, you’ll have to enable Sharing from Camera. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Settings and tap on Photos.
  2. Select Shared Library.
  3. Go to Sharing from Camera.
  4. Turn on the toggle.

Once you get here, you can see a list of options: Sharing Automatically, Sharing Manually, and Share When at Home. Since we’re teaching you how to save photos to your Shared Library directly, Share Automatically and Share When at Home is what you should be opting for.

Share Automatically allows you to automatically add photos to the Shared Library when it detects you’re with participants of your Shared Library. However, you first need to enable Bluetooth for this to work.

Next, turning the toggle on for Share When at Home will let the Camera app add whatever photos or videos you take at home straight to your iCloud Shared Photo Library. A pretty fun way to stay connected with your family members, isn’t it?

If you do pick Share Manually, though, it means you get to choose when or when not to add a photo to your Shared Library from your iPhone’s camera. Quite obviously, Bluetooth is not required for manual sharing.

How to Directly Save Photos to iCloud Shared Photo Library From Camera

There’s another way you can directly add photos to your Shared Library, and that’s from the Camera app. It’s even shorter and easier than the first. Here are all the steps required:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Before you click a picture, tap on the profile icon with two people in the top left corner of your screen. This is right next to the icon used to turn on the flash for your iPhone’s camera.
  3. Once it turns yellow, it indicates that all pictures you take will automatically be added to your Shared Library.

To switch back to adding pictures to your personal library, all you need to do is tap the same icon again so that it’s not encircled in yellow anymore.

Stay Connected With iCloud Shared Photo Library

It may take you a little while to get the hang of it, but Apple has taken a great leap towards improved photo-sharing with the iCloud Shared Photo Library.

Equal access for every member and different ways to add pictures to the Shared Photo Library are only some of the great features this tool offers you. Plus, don’t forget that iOS 16 has so much more to offer.


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