In iOS 7, subscribers to a photo stream can now add and share their own images. Here’s how to create a stream, invite others, and enable posting by friends and family.
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How to create and add people to shared photo streams in iOS 7

Older versions of iOS allowed users to share photos publicly with family and friends, but did you know that iOS 7 allows you to invite others to post their own pictures in a shared stream? With the new option, you no longer will have to hound your relatives for photos from the family reunion or wait for friends to post images of the big party on Facebook, you can see them all instantly.

The process is simple: create a photo stream, share it with people from your contacts list, and be sure to enable the ability for others to post images. Here’s how to do it step-by-step.

To create a new shared photo stream:


  1. Open the Photos app
  2. Tap Shared (at the bottom of the screen)
  3. Create a new stream by tapping the ‘+’ sign in the top left corner or scroll down and select New Shared Stream
  4. After creating and naming your new stream, you will be prompted to invite people from your address book

To add people to an existing photo stream:


  1. Open the Photos app
  2. Tap Shared (at the bottom of the screen)
  3. Open the shared stream you wish to add people to
  4. Tap People (at the bottom of the screen)
  5. Tap Invite People…
  6. Select individuals from your address book by name or number

To enable or disable posting from subscribers:

  1. Open the Photos app
  2. Tap Shared (at the bottom of the screen)
  3. Open an existing photo stream
  4. Tap People (at the bottom of the screen)
  5. Toggle Subscribers Can Post to ‘on’ or ‘off’ (subscriber posting is enabled by default)

Now anyone invited to participate in a photo stream can add, share, and comment on photos. It’s a great way to share photos among a group that you might not want ending up on more public platforms like Facebook or Instagram, and a great way to stay in touch with your family and friends.

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