iCloud Photos

I am finally overcoming my iCloud Photos fears

Since the dawn of iCloud Photo Library and the ability to store an entire set of photos in the cloud, I avoided giving up local control of my images. I think this fear spawned from a switch to Apple Music, when my local music library got mashed up with cloud music and ultimately led to essentially losing track of my actual song files in a series of computer hardware upgrades. With some encouraging, I stepped into iCloud Photos and I'm quickly loving it, but it was a little daunting.

How to create a slideshow on Mac in the Photos app

Full Screen Slideshow in Photos on Mac

While you can use Keynote or a third-party app to create beautiful slideshows of your pictures, you can also use the Photos app itself. The app offers flexible features for setting up slideshows on your Mac, letting you create a terrific presentation of your pictures in just minutes.

Here’s how to create a slideshow on Mac in the Photos app.

How to delete photo albums on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Confirm Delete Photo Album on iPhone

There may come a time when you want to go beyond removing pictures from the Photos app and delete entire albums. Maybe you have albums with images for work that you no longer need, screenshots that aren’t useful anymore, or wallpapers that you no longer want. There’s no reason to save them, so do some clean up and get rid of them.

Here’s how to delete photo albums on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to have iCloud Photos use less space on your iPhone or Mac

Setting on iPhone Optimize Storage for Photos

Your photos and videos are important parts of your memories, and with the awesome camera you have on your iPhone, you probably have tons of amazing photographs. The problem with all of those photos is that their beauty comes with a price – storage space!

You don’t have to offload your photos to save space on your iPhone or your Mac. With one simple setting, you can optimize the space and keep shooting those great shots.

Here’s how to have your iCloud Photos use less space on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

How to download iCloud photos on Windows and Mac

iCloud Website Click Photos

If you want to download the photos you have in iCloud to your Windows or Mac, you have a few different options. Whether you want to store them on your computer as a backup or edit them with certain software, you can grab them in a snap.

Here’s how to download iCloud photos on Windows and Mac.

How to remove duplicate photos from your iPhone library

Remove Duplicate Photos

Smartphones allow us to document our lives, one photo at a time. Unfortunately, online services and device syncing can lead to duplicate photos piling up on our photo libraries. Luckily, there are software solutions that allow you to remove duplicate photos quickly and easily. In this article, you'll learn how to remove duplicate photos from your iPhone library. In doing so, you'll remove the clutter and save space.

How to teach your iPhone or iPad to recognize people’s faces in the Photos app

Organizing one’s photos by date or occasion is by far the most common methodology in photography, and of course why wouldn’t it be? The simple fact of the matter is that a chronological structure of photos satisfies most search requests because you pretty much know immediately where to look for a certain snapshot. With that said, more unconventional efforts such as accumulating every single photo taken by the beach or all shots of your family ever snapped, quickly render the chronologic album structure rigid and dated.

How to markup and annotate your photos on iPhone or iPad

Markup is a nimble annotation tool first introduced to iPhone and iPad in late 2015, which has since been showing up in more and more places throughout the OS. Here at iDB, Markup’s strengths have been illustrated widely (read on to learn about Markup in emails, or to find out about Markup in Messages), this being said there is always a little tidbit almost slipping through the cracks when Apple quietly update their software.

With the next one, it is a particularly useful tip because it essentially supplants (basic) third-party apps stored on your iPhone to do editing work in your own Camera Roll. Markup is mostly understood to be only at your disposal whenever you are sending media, but meanwhile it has also become a well hidden tool available for your personal use inside the Photos app. Once you know where to find it, you might quickly grow fond of doodling on your very own snapshots. Here’s the shortest path to the feature in Photos:

Revamped iCloud Photos web app rolling out to everyone

Apple today launched a redesigned Photos web app at iCloud.com/#photos following a period of testing when the software was available to beta testers via beta.icloud.com. The app runs in a web browser and sports several improvements to make it behave more like its desktop counterpart, such as a brand new sidebar on the left and a handy thumbnail scrubber when viewing an image.

iCloud Photos web app is gaining a sidebar and thumbnail scrubber

As first noted by Brazilian outlet MacMagazine.br, Apple is readying some notable updates for its Photos app on the web at iCloud.com/#photos. In addition to a slightly overhauled appearance, the web app is gaining a pair of new features found on the desktop Photos app for the Mac: a sidebar and a thumbnail scrubber. The web app is currently being beta-tested at beta.icloud.com.

How to disable iCloud Photo Library everywhere and recover your iCloud storage

Here's someone who's been using iCloud Photo Library to keep his photos and videos synced across all devices from day one. You could say I'm a big believer in this feature: it's never failed me once and makes good use of my paid 50-gigabyte iCloud storage tier.

Anyone can take advantage of iCloud Photo Library without upgrading to one of paid iCloud tiers, with a major caveat—five gigs Apple “generously” provides will only get you so far.

Though not as pricey as they used to be, iCloud upgrades are not very competitive so some folks have made a switch to Google Photos. Other people may prefer a third-party photo syncing solution. Or maybe you've signed up for one of those cloud services that let you store huge photo libraries at no charge whatsoever or for a much lower monthly fee vs. iCloud storage buckets.

This tutorial lays out the steps you must take to properly stop using iCloud Photo Library. By “properly” we don't just mean disabling iCloud Photo Library: we'll ensure that the iCloud storage that's been taken up by your synced media gets freed up, too.