Little-known iOS feature: if you want to share a lot of photos and videos with certain users, and not clutter up messenger chats (the sizes of which are rapidly growing due to such actions), just create a special link to view and download content a la Dropbox, Google Photos or Yandex.Disk.
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Imagine: you’ve taken some cool photos or videos and you want your friends to see them right now. How to do it? Of course, you can send them to a social network or send them as a private message via a messenger. But they still need to be uploaded “in contact” or on Facebook. Yes, and sending full-size images or videos to “PM” requires both you and the recipient of a good Internet right here and now. No, really – do you like to receive in Telegram, Viber or WhatsApp archives with “pictures” weighing tens and hundreds of megabytes?
Apple suggests a different path. The content you want to show to people is accessed via a dedicated iCloud link. One click – and your friends are taken to a special page, where you can view and even download your favorite photos for a month. It’s very convenient – especially if your friend doesn’t have an iPhone, but Android. And yes – it won’t affect your iCloud limit.
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To create iCloud sharing links:
Open the app Settings, click on your first and last name, select iCloud → Photos and activate the switch opposite the inscription ICloud Photo… Keep in mind that if the photos on your device take more than 5 GB and you do not use a paid plan to increase your iCloud space (i.e. you only have 5 GB of free space), then it is better to refuse this method of sharing photos (videos). For the function to work properly, it is necessary that there is always more space in iCloud than the photos and videos on the device take.
After enabling the option Photos to iCloud all your iPhone or iPad Photos or Videos will be uploaded to iCloud. You can check it at icloud.com (open from a computer) in the Photos web application.
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How to get a link to a photo or video on iPhone (iCloud)
1. Open the app A photo on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 or later.
2. Click Select in the upper right corner.
3. Select one or more photos / videos to send.
4. Press the button Share this…
5. In the bottom row of icons, select Copy link…
Then a message with information appeared on the screen. that the selected photos and videos are being prepared for sending. This may take some time depending on the number of them.
6. The link will be copied to the clipboard. Just paste it into the text field of the messenger or e-mail and send.
You can also get the download link in two other ways:
Click on the required card Preview in section Recent general, then tap on the ellipsis menu.
In the menu that appears, select Copy iCloud Link…
Press and hold your finger on the thumbnail card. In the context menu that appears, select Copy iCloud Link…
You can open sharing links on iCloud.com from a browser on any mobile device, laptop or desktop computer.
If you receive such a link to photos by mail and open them on a mobile device, the following options are possible:
- On iOS devices, a preview of the photos sent to you opens in the Photos application.
- On devices with other operating systems (Android, etc.), you are taken to the download page hosted on iCloud.com.
- On desktops and laptops, clicking the link launches a browser and navigates to the stylish iCloud.com download page.
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How to add (save) photos and videos from shared links to your library
As mentioned above, content via iCloud links will be available for a month. If you want to see photos and videos shared with you at a later date, it’s best to upload them to your device’s media library.
To do this, follow the link with photos sent to you and press the button Download…
In the window that appears, select Download (for downloading to the device) or Login and import (to add to iCloud Music Library).
After that, all selected media files will be downloaded to your device in their original resolution.
On a computer, do the same – follow the sharing link, select the pictures you want and click on the blue button Download… All selected photos and videos will be uploaded as one ZIP file or added to ICloud Music Library, respectively.
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How to remove a photo or video from a shared link
1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Go to the tab For you…
3. Select Preview…
4. Click the ellipsis menu.
5. In the menu that appears, select Close access…
You can do it even easier, the same menu can be called by pressing and holding on the card Preview…
As a result, all previews with your photos and videos will disappear from users’ devices and from the corresponding page on iCloud.com. But the photos and videos that other users have downloaded to their devices will remain with them.