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

Apple rebranded Shared Photo Streams to iCloud Photo Sharing when it introduced iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library, but for those a little confused by the swap, they are basically the same thing. iCloud Photo Sharing allows you to select a private circle of friends and family to do group sharing of photos.  The big difference is that you can now share videos.

You can even type in comments on photos and videos shared in this way.

But first, you'll need to create one. We'll go over the steps to sharing photos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

  1. Launch the Photos app.  (Find out a quick way to launch apps...)
  2. At the bottom of the screen are three tabs: Photos, Shared and Albums. Tap your finger on Shared.
  3. At the top left corner of the screen is a small button with a plus (+) sign. Tap the button to begin creating your shared photo stream.  You can also tap the blank album with a giant plus sign.
  4. First, name your shared photo album.  If you are sharing a select number of photos around a theme such as a vacation, go with something simple.  I like to have a default shared album called 'Our Photos' to cherry pick my best photos and videos. 
  5. After tapping the 'Next' button, you will be offered a chance to invite people to the shared photo album.  Treat this the same as you would typing in the recipients of an email.  When you are done, tap 'Create' at the top.
  1. To add photos to the shared stream, simply open up the photo album and tap the blank picture with the plus sign.  This will take you to a screen where you can pick out multiple pictures.  After you have selected the photos you want to share, you can hit the 'Done' button at the top-right corner of the screen and they will be added to the shared album.
  1. You can also add individual photos to the album anytime you are viewing a photo by tapping the Share button and then tapping the iCloud Photo Sharing button in the menu that pops up.