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Question: How can multiple iCloud users in a family sync photos on a single Mac Logon?

My family recently moved from a single Apple ID for iCloud to a Family program with multiple IDs. This has worked very well for separating things like contact lists and for sharing iCloud storage. However, it doesn't allow us to automatically sync photos taken on our devices with the Mac Photos App. Only photos taken by the primary iCloud user associated with the logon for the Mac appear. We continue to share a single logon for our Mac, as this is most practical for our home. We would really like to know how to add photos from the devices of other family iCloud users for editing and sharing in Photos on Mac.


Photos on Mac has made a lot of progress and is something we're now using again in macOS High Sierra. Does anyone know of a way to sync multiple iCloud accounts to Photos?


Thank you!

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014), macOS High Sierra (10.13.1)

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Nov 25, 2017 7:59 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

Thank you for your reply. Agree that this concept is available, but wish there was some way where for families it didn’t have to be this intentional. Seems like an easy thing to employ on the iCloud side for families with such an interest, especially as it relates to pulling these photos into Mac without connecting each device or sharing each individual picture intentionally. I also understand how this would not be a commonly requested feature. I think iCloud needs to have more flexibility and more permission-based options for those of us that have multiple Apple devices.

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Nov 25, 2017 11:12 AM in response to jdsmucker In response to jdsmucker

Send Apple feedback. They won't answer, but at least will know there is a problem or a suggestion for change. If enough people send feedback, it may get the problem/suggested change solved sooner.


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Question: How can multiple iCloud users in a family sync photos on a single Mac Logon?