12 Replies Latest reply: May 22, 2013 11:09 AM by Old Toad Branched to a new discussion.
hswartz1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do you subscribe to a photostream? How do you find the URL?

Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)

    photostream is no sharing tool and also not a web-gallery. There is no URL.


    It streams your own pics to your own devices. That's all it does.

  • hswartz1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a menu item in iPhoto that allows you to subscribe to a photo feed. Can't that be used if you could find the URL for your photostream?

  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)

    I repeat myself : there is no URL. Photostream is not on the web as in Internet . Not accesible by a Browser,Mail client or whatever online tools are used . It shows up only in iOS5 and in iPhoto or Aperture on Lion. The stream itself is in the cloud, i.e. on many servers somewhere in the world, hidden for the public.


    Only Apple knows where it is. You yourself don't know the exact location. You can also not see it in www.icloud.com. The only frontends capable of displaying the stream are your own devices and PC/Macs.

  • Fred Davenport Level 1 (0 points)

    I cannot believe this is true that Apple does not allow us to share our photos with family and friends.


    If this is true, it is INCREDIBLY BAD and not why we have been buying apple products!


    Cannot understand why photostream does not have a URL for us to share photos with family and friends.


    Sharing photos on all our personal devices is uneeded and STUPID!


    Sharing our photos with family and friends is a MUST and why we have Mac's, iPhones, iPads and cameras.


    Please tell me that this NIGHTMARE (no URL's for our photo streams) is not true.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (74,040 points)

    You've now posted this question in four separate threads. Could I ask you not to do this: for one thing it's liable to waste the time of people who are trying to help you by causing them to answer the question in one thread when it's already been answered in another.


    Both Sjazbec and I have now answered your question, though of course it's not the answer you were hoping to hear, so the situation is now clear for you.

  • lapin7 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Fred, hswartz1,


    I can believe that you're pretty upset. Because you expect from Apple an intuitive way of handling things.


    Let me try to explain what I did with photostreams.


    In iPhoto view Events

    Select an Event

    Click on Share and select MobileMe Gallery

    If that's created then

    Click on tell a friend. That open a mail message that you can send to a friend. It contains a link to your MobileMe Gallery



    with a userid and pw


    When your friend goes there. He can subscribe to this gallery through RSS or directly in iPhoto.

    The RSS link is given something like:



    When he opens iPhoto he can see this subscription. And also the photo's


    You can also paste this link in Menu \ File \ Subscribe to photo feed..


    When you add later on another photo to this gallery then your friend will get a message or he can check for updates in iPhoto.


    Hope this helps,


  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (74,040 points)

    lapin7 wrote:


    Let me try to explain what I did with photostreams.

    All this is nothing to do with PhotoStream; MobileMe Gallery is quite separate, and furthermore will be discontinued at the end of June. PhotoStream, as we all keep trying to emphasize, does not provide sharing or online access.

  • Fred Davenport Level 1 (0 points)

    Thx HJ,


    Appreciate the help. I think I will pass on using any of photostream and other Apple photo sharing. Just very disappointing that Apple appears to begoing backwards with the elimination of MobileMe. Also iCloud appears to be useless.


    Oh well

  • Fred Davenport Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry Roger

  • SockToy Level 1 (0 points)

    Old conversation but still high in google index - and not correct, at least not any more.


    Instructions on sharing photostreams, including with people on the web, here:



    Short version, in iPhoto you can create a photostream by selecting the pictures and using the share button. For an existing one, you can change who can see it by selecting the stream and doing 'apple + i' for info.

  • jazycorrea Level 1 (0 points)

    That's true you cannot see it on icloud. HOWEVER, there is actually a link that you can share!! On your iphone after creating a "shared photostream" you can click on "share link" and email it or text it to someone.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,385 points)

    That would be a Shared Photo Stream, public or private that uses a URL.  You need Mt. Lion 10.8.2 or later to be able to utilize that feature.


    The following is from iCloud: Photo Stream FAQ

    What do I need to use Photo Stream

    To use Photo Stream, including Shared Photo Streams, you need an iCloud account, compatible devices, and up-to-date software:

    • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 6.0 or later
    • Mac with OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 or later and iPhoto 9.4 or Aperture 3.4 or later
    • PC with Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) and the iCloud Control Panel 2.1 or later for Windows
    • Apple TV (2nd generation) with Software Update 5.1 or later

    You can still use Photo Stream without Shared Photo Streams if your devices meet these requirements:

    • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.1 or later
    • Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and iPhoto 9.2.2 or Aperture 3.2.3 or later
    • PC with Windows 7 or Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) and the iCloud Control Panel v2.0 or later for Windows
    • Apple TV (2nd generation) with Software Update 5.0 or later


    For complete iCloud setup instructions, visit How to set up iCloud.