I have an iPhone 6s running iOS 12.1.4, and I recently noticed my photos are not being uploaded to Photo Stream. There is no option for Photo Stream under Settings app → Account → iCloud → Photos, nor under Settings app → Photos. Did this option get removed in iOS 12?

  • No, the option is not removed in iOS 12.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:24
  • Any idea why it's not showing in my screenshot?
    – Elliott
    Mar 30, 2019 at 7:53

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After speaking with Apple, I learned they are phasing out Photo Stream. Any new Apple IDs created since approximately 2018 don't have access to this feature. Looks like I will have to start using iCloud Photos or some other sync utility. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201317

  • Just so people know - if you are grandfathered in - there's no sign of it going away yet. I'm using it on iOS 14 / Catalina and even in the pre-release betas so I get if not everyone can use it if they signed up after the transition to purely the iCcloud library.
    – bmike
    Oct 2, 2020 at 18:57

I went ahead and purchased a 2 TB cloud storage from Mac world for about $60, but later found out there are better storage solutions available. Now I have to figure out how to synchronize my photos with all devices using this storage solution. I didn’t realize photo stream was being phased out, I really liked the convenience.

  • If you already have My Photo Stream, then it is still very much in evidence in iOs 14, and MacOS 11 Big Sur.
    – benwiggy
    Oct 2, 2020 at 17:44
  • I'm with ben - the storage helps you whether your account used Photo Stream due to age or if your account was set up purely to store to the iCloud Photos storage buckets.
    – bmike
    Oct 2, 2020 at 18:59

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