Apple’s “My Photo Stream” service is set to shut down on July 26, 2023, which means customers still using that feature will need to migrate to iCloud Photos before that date.
My Photo Stream is a free service that uploads the last 30 days of pictures (up to 1,000) to iCloud and makes them accessible on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. It predated iCloud Photos and has now been largely replaced by the iCloud Photos service.
In the future, Apple plans to let all customers use iCloud Photos instead of Photo Stream. New photo uploads to My Photo Stream will stop on June 26, 2023, and images will remain in iCloud for 30 days until the closing point, as usual.
Because all images in My Photo Stream are stored in their original format on at least one Apple device, there is no risk of photos being lost during the shutdown process. Apple recommends that users who want to keep their images on a specific device save them to the Photo Library on that device before July 26.
Images in My Photo Stream can be saved to the Photos app on iPhone by opening Photos, going to the My Photo Stream album, selecting individual photos, and using the Share button. The process is the same on Mac, but you need to drag images from My Photo Stream to the library.
Apple recommends iPhone, iPad, and Mac users turn on iCloud Photos to view their photos and videos on their devices. iCloud Photos is available on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.3 or later, Mac OS X Yosemite or later.