My wife and I have different iCloud accounts. We would like to have the photos from all our iPhones (I have 2) to be combined in a single location. Is there any way to do this? I had thought we could use the Google or Dropbox uploaders, but it seems that they don't run in the background.

We've tried family sharing and have had issues with it. Specifically, we don't reliably see photos from all devices, we don't get images from our digital cameras unless we import them into a Mac, and it's not clear how to export all of the family sharing photos to an archive.

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    Have you checked out Family Sharing? Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 3:40
  • Our tests with family sharing have not been successful. Also, it's not clear how to get the images OUT of family sharing for long time archiving.
    – vy32
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 12:44

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Use Google Photos. This being a fairly new app, it did not exist at the time this question was asked.

Google photos is a new (free!) service that allows you to upload all your photos to Google Drive, automatically. You can also share all your photos with anybody you want, using the new Share Your Library feature.

You can download the app from the App Store, or access them on your computer. There's also a desktop uploader in case you want to upload photos on your computer automatically.

The best part about this app is that it allows you to delete all the photos you uploaded from your phone, freeing up storage space on your phone. Your photos will still be available through the Google Photos app.

  • Does Google Photos now run in the background?
    – vy32
    Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 0:38
  • @vy32 Yes, as long as you have background app refresh enabled for the app and leave it in the app switcher. This means you'll probably need to open it once per boot and app update. However, if you use the free up space feature, you'll need to use Google Photos as your primary photos app, so it'll probably be open anyways. Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 0:41

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