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

How to Create a Shared Photo Album for the iPad

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Apple lets you back up your photos to the cloud and download pictures across all of your devices on iCloud. You can also share entire photo albums among friends and family. After you share your album on your iPad, friends and family can "like" individual photos, comment on them, and even share their photos and videos to the album you created.

It doesn't take long to create a shared album. But to share your photos, you will need to have the Shared Albums option turned on for your iPad.

These directions apply to devices running iOS 12 and higher.

How to Turn on Shared Albums

  1. Launch the Settings app.

    The iPad Settings app
  2. Scroll down and choose Photos from the left-side menu.

    Photos setting on iPad
  3. Tap the slider next to Shared Albums to On/Green.

    Turn on Shared Albums on iPad
  4. Now, you can start creating albums to share.

How to Create a Shared Album

You'll make your shared album from the Photos app. Here's how.

  1. Launch the Photos App.

    Photos app on iPad
  2. Tap Photos.

    You can also tap Albums to choose an album you've already made on your iPad.

    Photos on iPad
  3. Tap the Select button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Photos app on iPad
  4. After you choose Select, you can select photos to share by tapping on them. A blue checkmark next to a picture means you've selected it.

    You can add as many photos as you want to your shared album.

    Selecting photos on iPad
  5. When you have finished making your selections, tap the Share button.

    Share button on iPad
  6. Tap Shared Albums.

    You can still add or remove selected photos from this screen. Swipe right to find more pictures to add, and tap to select them.

    Shared Albums on iPad
  7. Name your album and tap Next.

    Naming a shared album on iPad
  8. On the next screen, you'll decide whom to share the album with. Type an email address into the box or press the + sign to choose from your contacts. When you're done, tap Create.

    Only people with iCloud accounts will be able to view shared albums.

    Sharing an album on iPad
  9. Add a comment if you want, and then tap Post.

    Posting a shared album on iPad
  10. The people you've shared the album with will be able to see its contents, comment on them, and add to it.

How to Make Another Shared Album

Once you've created a shared album, any pictures you add this way will go into it. But you can also manage multiple collections. Here's how to make a new one.

  1. Select the photos you want to add as in Steps 1 through 5 above.

  2. Tap Shared Album at the bottom of the window that appears after you've tapped Shared Albums in the Share menu.

    Selecting a shared album on iPad
  3. Tap New Shared Album.

    Creating a new shared album on iPad
  4. Name the new album, and then choose the people to share it with.

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

Your shared albums appear on your Albums tab in the Photos app. You can see both the ones you make and ones that other people share with you. Everyone with access to a shared album can change or view it in several ways, including:

  • Adding new photos by scrolling to the end and tapping the blank photo with the plus sign. When you are finished selecting photos to add, tap the Done button in the upper-right corner.
  • Add new people to the group 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.
  • Make a public website for the album 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. It looks like a thumbs-up.
  • You can also add a note or comment to a photo by tapping Add a comment at the bottom of the screen.