iOS 6’s Shared Photo Stream Makes Image Distribution Way, Way Easier

While it’s likely we can all credit a few hours of laughter to iOS 6’s Maps app, it looks like the much-beleaguered update is not entirely without a few upsides. If you’ve ever wanted to share important and not-so-important images with your friends, family and accomplices without having to first email or message the hypothetical images, Shared Photo Streams are going to feel like a dream come true.

Of course, as is always the case with such things, there are certain requirements. Well, actually, there’s only one. In order to make use of a Shared Photo Stream, both parties must have devices that are currently running iOS 6. If not, well, you just have to use the old-fashioned way.

So, how do you actually make this happen? According to App Advice, there are two ways. Firstly, you can elect to watch the handy-dandy video they’ve put up exclusively for this purpose.

Of course, if you’re a fast reader and impatient to get to the meat of things, here’s a condensed version of the instructions found on the site:

  1. Open the ‘Photos’ app and tap on ‘Photo Stream’.
  2. Tap on the plus sign in the top left. Enter the email addresses of those who you want to share the Photo Stream with. Create a name for it.
  3. Add photos. Hit ‘Done’.

That’s essentially it. Those privileged enough to have been invited to your Photo Stream will instantly have the photos pushed to them. No fuss, no mess.

Cassandra Khaw is an entry-level audiophile, a street dancer, a bibliophilic wanderer who makes her living with words and awkward biographies.