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How to Share Individual iCloud Photos and Videos on Your Mac

If you’re like me, you probably took lots of holiday photos with family and friends. And, like me, you probably like to share them with others It’s easy. You can share photos and videos in Photos on as email attachments or an iCloud Link.

Sharing photos and videos using email

If you set up iCloud Mail, you can share photos and videos as attachments from your iCloud email. However, if the attachments are larger than 20MB—and many videos are—they’re replaced with an iCloud Link.

1. To begin, inPhotos on, select the photos or videos you want to share. You can also double-click a single photo or video.

2. Click the send button (a square with an arrow pointing out the top).

You can share photos
You can share photos.

3. Choose Email.

4, In the pop-up window that opens with the photo or video attached, enter the name of the recipient and the subject of the photo or video, or whatever descriptive information you prefer.

You can email photos.
You can email photos.

When you share photos and videos with an iCloud Link, anyone with the link can view them. Here’s how:

  1. In Photos on, select the photos or videos you want to share. You can also double-click a single photo or video.
  2. Click the send icon.
  3. Choose Copy Link.
Copy the link.
Copy the link.

When you share an iCloud Link, folks you share with may be invited to add photos and videos that were taken around the same time and place. Check out this Apple Support article for details.

You should note that iCloud Links are different from Shared Albums. 

When you set up Shared Albums in iCloud, you can create shared photo and video albums and view albums that are shared with you. You can see them on any device set up for Shared Albums, including your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Windows system.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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