About Photos
1.1 Photo Video Maker
1.2 Photo Editing Software
1.3 Photo Story
1.4 iPhoto
1.5 Photo to Video
1.6 Photo Recovery
1.7 Photo Stream Vs Photo Library
1.8 Get Photos off iPhone
1.9 Import Photos from iPhone
1.10 Recovery Photos from iPad

Difference: Camera Roll VS My Photo Stream VS iCloud Photo Library

As an iPhone user, you may be often confused to use My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Library and Camera Roll on your iPhone. Like this, sometimes, when you deleted a photo from Photo Stream, but photo on both Camera Roll and Photo Stream are gone. Or like this, when you share photos by Photo Stream, but other devices cannot get the sharing. There are many puzzles to use the three services. In this article, we will discuss the relationship and differences among Camera Roll, My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library to remove your confusions.

Camera Roll VS My Photo Stream VS iCloud Photo Library

What is Camera Roll?

Camera Roll is a straightforward app that consists of photos you take with your camera and pictures you save from text messages, Emails or websites. You can directly deleted and add photos on Camera Roll. When you turn off both iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream, you could find it in "Albums" of Photo app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

What is iCloud Photo Library?

As its claim on iPhone says that iCloud Photo Library automatically uploads and stores your entire library in iCloud with internet connection, so that you can access photos and videos with original and high-resolution quality from all your devices. But it doesn't upload photos and videos you copy to your device from iTunes. You can get free 5GB space in iCloud to sync photos and videos and you can only store photos and videos on iCloud Photo Library for 30 days. One thing you should know that iCloud will not duplicate your videos and photos in iCloud Photo Library.

What do you need to use iCloud Photo Library?

iCloud Photo Library is available with iOS 8.3 and later, Yosemite 10.10.3 and later, and tvOS 9.2. You can also access your entire photo library from the Photos app on iCloud.com. Another you cannot miss is Apple ID and enough iCloud storage.

How to turn on iCloud Photo Library?

How to use iCloud Photo Library to upload and download photos and videos?

➤ Upload photos to iCloud Photo Library

On your iOS device, tap "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Photos" to back up photos to iCloud Photo Library. On your Mac, click "photos" > "Preferences" > "iCloud" to upload photos and videos to iCloud. Hit "Download and Keep Originals" to download original photos and videos over Wi-Fi.

➤ Download photos from iCloud Photo Library

You can download view and download photos and videos from iCloud to your computer. See this how to download iCloud photos for permanent backup.

What is My Photo Stream?

My Photo Stream comes to be a little difficult to understand, but bear with it patiently.

What does My Photo Stream do?

My Photo Stream is the cloud service you need to enable manually, which is provided by Apple which works on your iOS device, Windows computer or Mac. It can be used to transfer photos from iPhone to computer, or from Mac to iPad or iPod touch. The photos you take on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will upload to My Photo Stream after you connect to Wi-Fi and pull out of Camera app. You could also add JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and most RAW photos to My Photo Stream on computer for sharing. My Photo Stream will keep your photos for 30 days or recent 1000 photos, which will not use your iCloud storage. So you are recommended to back up iPhone photos just in case. The photos stored on PC/Mac get full resolution and shows in device-optimized resolution on iOS devices.

What devices you can use My Photo Stream?

➤ iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7 or later

➤ Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 and iPhoto 9.2.2, Aperture 3.2.3, or Photos for OS X 1.0 or later

➤ Apple TV (2nd generation and later) with Apple TV Software Update 5.0 or later

➤ PC with Windows 7 or later and iCloud for Windows

➤ iCloud set up on all of your devices

How to turn on My Photo Stream?

Where to find My Photo Stream photos?

What are the differences among Camera Roll, iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream?

iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream is the two items that many users may misunderstand, so here we give an easy comparison firstly with these two items.

Website My Photo Stream iCloud Photo Library
What device to access iCloud photos
Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows PC, Apple TV (4th generation) Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows PC, Apple TV (4th generation), Apple Watch, iCloud.com
What file types upload to iCloud
How does your photos store on iCloud
1. Doesn't count against your iCloud storage.
2. Uploads your last 30 days and up to 1000 photos.
3. Downloads to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a smaller device-optimized resolution. On your Mac or PC, your photos download in full-resolution.
4. Edits you make won't update across your devices.
1. Uses your iCloud storage.
2. As long as you have enough space in iCloud, you can store as many photos and videos as you like.
3. Stored in the original format at full-resolution.
4. You can turn on Optimize Storage and save space on your device.
5. Edits are stored in iCloud and stay up to date on your Apple devices.

What is the difference of syncing photos?

When you sync photos, you may notice the difference beween iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream as below:

If you turn on iCloud Photo Library, Camera Roll photos will be replaced with "All Photos" in Photos app. Meanwhile, all photos in My Photo Stream are also added into "All Photos" and My Photo Stream album will disappear. That means, iCloud Photo Library backs up all photos in "All Photos" album.

If you turn on both iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream on your devices, the new added photos to your library or taken with your iOS devices can be showed in the My Photo Stream album on other devices that turn off iCloud Photo Library. New photos from iOS device without iCloud Photo Library will not added into iCloud Photo Library.

One point you should pay attention to is that, you need to get iCloud Photo Library or My Photo Stream on or off on your multiple devices. You cannot enable iCloud Photo Library on one device, but enable My Photo Stream on other device, which will get both of them fail to contact with each other.

What is the difference of deleting photos?

If you want to delete a photo from My Photo Stream and Camera Roll, the difference you should remember is as following:

When you delete a photo from My Photo Stream on your device, it will automatically delete on other devices with your iCloud account, but Camera Roll photo is still safe to be intact. Alternatively, if you want to delete a photo from Camera Roll, the photo only disappears in your Camera Roll, and My Photo Stream photo is safe.

What is the difference of recovering photos?

When you use these three helpers to sync photos, you also will find they work differently to recover deleted photos from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

How to recover deleted from Camera Roll

If your devices run on iOS, you can try this way to find back your deleted photos.

Tap "Photos" on your iPhone, go to "Albums" > "Recently Deleted" > find the photos you want to recover, hit "Select" to choose the photos, tap "Recover" on the right bottom side to get back the deleted photo to Camera Roll.

Note: this way will be only available within 30 days after you delete the photos.

How to retrieve deleted photos from iCloud Photo Library

As mentioned above, iCloud Photos Library stores all photos from Camera Roll and My Photo Stream, so here we only share the way to retrieve photos from iCloud.

Restore iPhone/iPad/iPod touch from the latest iCloud backup

Step 1On your iPhone go to "Settings" > "general" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings" to make your iPhone to factory resetting as a new one.

Step 2After your iPhone reboots, there are three options, "Set Up as New iPhone", "Restore from iCloud Backup" and "Restore from iTunes Backup", choose "Restore from iCloud Backup".

Step 3Enter your Apple ID and sing in your iCloud account, choose the latest iCloud backup which consists of the photos you deleted from the backup list, then hit "Restore" to recover your deleted photos.

The whole process of restoring will take some time, you need to keep your iOS deives full of battery.

The above way enables you to recover all iPhone backup data from iCloud.

How to restore photos pictues from Photo Stream?

Also, similar to the above two items, you could also recover photos from Photo Stream in this post.

The above long description is from the differences between Camera Roll, My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library, hope you can get a clear understanding about them now.

What do you think of this post?


Rating: 4.8 / 5 (based on 66 ratings)

author picture

July 04, 2018 17:00 / Updated by to iOS, Photo