Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Use iCloud Photo Sharing on Your iPad Easily store and share your photos in the cloud By Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated December 09, 2019 James Mitchell / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email The iCloud Photo Library is a great way to store all of your photos on the cloud and get access to them across all of your devices, but what if you want to share those ballet recital photos with the grandparents, the video of that home run with a friend or those after-work pictures with the people from your company that weren't able to make it? iCloud Photo Sharing allows you to create shared photo albums and invite your friends to view it. You can even choose to let your friends post their own photos and create a public webpage to allow anyone to view the album. These instructions apply to devices running iOS 9 and later. How to Turn on iCloud Sharing To make your iCloud photo album, you need to turn on sharing first. Here's how. Open the iPad's settings. Tap your name in the left-side menu. Select iCloud. Tap Photos under Apps Using iCloud. In the Photo settings, tap the on/off switch next to iCloud Photos at the top of the screen. To use shared iCloud albums, you'll also need to have the switch next to Shared Albums turned on. This setting is at the bottom of the window and should be on by default. You have the option in the iCloud Photo Library settings to download the original full-sized picture on each device, but photos can quickly take up a lot of storage, so you may want to keep this setting at "Optimize iPad Storage." The Upload to My Photo Stream setting is another way to send photos to your other devices, but it is mostly redundant if you have iCloud Photo Library turned on. How to Copy Photos to an iCloud Shared Folder You have several options to share your photos to an iCloud album, but this is the easiest method. Open the Photos app. Tap Albums at the bottom of the screen, and then select Camera Roll. This album may also be called "All Photos." You don't need to be in the All Photos album to share photos to a shared album. You can be in any album including the Photos section of the app that divides your photos into collections by month and year. Tap the "Select" button. Scroll through and select photos by tapping on them with your finger. A blue circle with a checkmark will appear on the bottom-right corner of all the photos you have selected. To select rows of images, drag your finger across the row and then down the right side. Once you've selected all of the photos you want to send to the iCloud album, tap the Share Button at the top-left corner of the screen. The Share Button looks like a box with an arrow pointing up from within the box. Tapping the Share Button brings up a screen with options on where to share these photos. Tap Shared Albums to send them to iCloud. A window will appear with a few options. You can use the iCloud Photo Sharing screen to share the photos to an existing album or create a new shared album. You can also type in a comment for the group of photos. To choose a different album or create a new one, tap "Shared Album" at the bottom of the pop-up window. On the next screen, tap on the album you want to use, and the screen will revert back to the main iCloud Photo Sharing screen. To create a new shared album, tap the plus sign (+) next to New Shared Album. Type in the name and tap Next. On the next screen, you'll decide whom you want to share your album with. When you start typing a name, a selection of contacts will appear below the To: line. You can also tap the plus sign to scroll through your contacts. You can choose multiple people to have access to the shared photo. When you're done selecting contacts, tap the Next button to return to the main iCloud Photo Sharing screen. The last step is to actually post the photos by tapping the Post button in the top-right corner of the iCloud Photo Sharing screen. You can view shared photos through the Shared section of your Photos app. This Shared section acts much like the Albums section, but it only shows albums you have shared with your friends and family. You can also share videos to a shared album. This method even works with the "memories" slideshows that you create in the Photos app.