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If you turn on iCloud Photo Stream, does it automatically share all your old photos with everyone? Or just the recent ones?

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Photo Stream doesn't share photos with anyone. It simply makes your photos available on multiple devices of yours (signed in with your Apple ID) for up to 30 days or 1000 photos, whichever comes first.

It does not work retroactively. Only photos taken after it's turned on will be uploaded.

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    Adding on to this: iCloud photo library does work retroactively, but requires a lot of cloud storage. – John Keates Sep 21 '16 at 0:32
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    @JohnKeates ICL is also a completely separate service with different intended use, to be clear. – tubedogg Sep 21 '16 at 15:51
  • That is very correct. – John Keates Sep 21 '16 at 15:52

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