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Apple’s Photos app includes an album-sharing feature, which is a great way to show photos to your family and friends without sending them in large emails and text messages. Today we’ll look at album sharing from the opposite perspective: what to do if someone invites you to subscribe to their album. Why would this happen? Basically, a shared album makes it easy for a group of people to pool photos from an event, like a wedding, so everyone can view—and chat about them—both on the Mac and on iOS devices.
When an album is shared with you, you’ll receive an invitation in your email. Click the Subscribe button in the message, and the Photos app loads the album into its Shared category. To view the album on the Mac, look in the left-hand sidebar in Shared > Shared Albums and select the album. In iOS, tap Shared at the bottom of the Photos screen and then tap the album name.
The main screen for an album displays thumbnail-sized previews of the media within, but it’s usually more enjoyable to view the images at a larger size. You can also chat about them with other people who are subscribed to the album:
If you want to edit a photo or video—for example, to remove red-eye—do so before adding it to a shared album, since you can’t edit the version in the album. Also, don’t add media that effectively duplicates what’s already there; instead, add photos or videos taken from a different perspective or of different aspects of the event. To add media to a shared album:
To remove an item that you’ve added to an album, select it within the album, press the Delete key, and then click the Delete button in the confirmation dialog. You can’t delete photos that others have added.
You might want to import a photo or video from a shared album for two reasons. The first is to be sure you’ll have it if you lose access to the shared album, and the second is so you can edit it. To import an item:
Next time you’re invited by a friend or family member to join a shared album, don’t be shy! With just a little practice, you can see what everyone else has posted, offer your opinion through the commenting system, and even share your own photos and videos.
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