Check your iPhone NOW: Apple will permanently delete photos in July and how to keep yours safe

Apple has announced the upcoming permanent discontinuation of the My Photo Stream album. This feature, which automatically stores photos taken in the last 30 days, will stop uploading pictures on June 26.

Once the service ends on July 26, all content in the album will be deleted. However, photos uploaded prior to June 26 will remain in iCloud for 30 days from the upload date and can be accessed on devices with My Photo Stream enabled.

To safeguard your pictures, it is advised to save them to your device or iCloud from the My Photo Stream album in your camera roll.

Apple stopped automatically uploading pictures to the My Photo Stream album on June 26. Apple
Apple stopped automatically uploading pictures to the My Photo Stream album on June 26. Apple

“The photos in My Photo Stream are already stored on at least one of your devices, so as long as you have the device with your originals, you won’t lose any photos as part of this process,” Apple notes on its support page.

If a photo you want isn’t already in your library on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, make sure you save it to your library on that device. 

If you already use iCloud, you do not need to do anything else.

Saying bye bye to My Photo Stream means that iCloud is Apple’s “best option” for keeping all your photos and videos across all devices safe and in one place.

But there are still outside options, as one money expert recently shared with her viewers.

She advises Apple users to never pay for additional iCloud storage once they hit their allotted free 5 gigabytes.

iCloud costs 99 cents for 50 GB of storage, $2.99 for 200 GB, and $9.99 for 2 terabytes.

Instead, the expert recommends users back their photos up on the Amazon Photos app or through their Google accounts.

How to save photos in My Photo Stream 

  1. Open Photos and tap Albums
  2. Tap My Photo Stream then the Select button
  3. Tap the photos that you want to save, then tap the Share button and Save Image

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