How to Share a Photo Album on Your iPad With Your Friends

How to Create a Shared iCloud Photo Stream Album for the iPad

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Apple's iCloud Photo Library isn't just a way to back up your photos to the cloud and download photos across all of your devices. You can also use it to share entire photo albums among friends and family. And after you share your photos on your iPad, friends and family can 'like' individual photos, comment on them and even share their own photos and videos to the album.

The best part may be how simple it is to create a shared album. But in order to share your photos, you will need to have iCloud Photo Library turned on for your iPad:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and choose Photos from the left-side menu.
  • In Photos, tap the button next to iCloud Photo Library to turn it on.
  • Finally, tap the button next to iCloud Photo Sharing to switch the sharing feature on.
Ipad photo library screenshot

Now that we have iCloud Photo Library set up, we can get down to the business of sharing our photos. All of the hard work is done in the Photos app. There are several ways to create a shared photo album on the iPad, but we'll focus on the easiest way to do so.

  • First, launch the Photos App. (How to do this quickly...)
  • At the bottom, choose Photos. This will give you a view of all of your photos separated by date.

If you would rather work with albums, simply tap the Albums tab at the bottom of the iPad's display and choose the album containing the photos you want to share. The instructions are the exact same whether you are viewing all of your photos or a specific album.

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  • To get started selecting photos, tap the Select button in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • After you choose Select, you can select individual photos to share by tapping on them. Photos with a blue check mark will be shared. You can select as many photos as you want for your shared album.
  • When you have finished making your selections, tap the Share button at the upper-left of the screen. This is the button that looks like a square with an arrow pointing out the top of it.
iPad sharing screenshot

This screen is called the "share sheet." It will allow you to share your photos to various places including Mail, Facebook or using Save to Files to share them to your cloud storage service.

  • You can still add or remove selected photos from this screen. Simply swipe your finger left or right across the section of the screen with the photos to make more selections.
  • When you are finished, tap the iCloud Photo Sharing button in the share sheet.
iCloud photo sharing screenshot

If you already have a shared album, the iPad will default to this album. But it is easy to create a new shared album from here.

  • Tap the bottom of the pop-up window next to Shared Album.
  • The pop-up window changes to show all of your shared albums. The first selection on the list is New Shared Album.
  • After you choose New Shared Album, you will be asked to name it. Once finished, tap the Next button in the upper-right corner of the window.
  • The last step is to choose who you want to see your shared album. You can type in contact names or email address. The only requirement is that the recipient has an Apple device like an iPhone or iPad.
  • When you tap Next after adding the contacts, the iPad may take a few moments to upload the photos.

What Else Can You Do With the iPad's Shared Photos?

You can access your shared albums by tapping the Shared tab at the bottom of the photos app. This tab displayed both albums you have shared with your friends and family as well as photo albums they have shared with you. A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • You can add new photos to the album by scrolling to the end of the photos and tapping the blank photo with the plus sign. This will allow you to select multiple photos to add to your shared album. When you are finished selecting photos, tap the Done button in the upper-right corner.
  • You can add new people to the shared photo by tapping the People button at the upper-right corner while viewing a shared album. You can also turn on or off the ability for subscribers (people you've added) to post photos or video.
  • You can also turn on and access a public web address so that friends can view the photos in a web browser on their computer.
  • You can 'like' an individual photo by tapping it to expand it on the screen and tapping the Like button in the lower-right corner of the display.
  • You can also add a note or comment by tapping Add a comment at the bottom of the screen.