IOS – How to upload the camera roll to the Photo Stream retroactively


I have a iPhone 4 and set up iCloud on my device, including the Photo Stream service. Everything seems to be set up fine and I have the option to select Photo Stream in

However, the message I get when tapping Photo Stream is that all new photos will be transferred into the Photo Stream.

How do I get the current photos in my phone to show up in my Photo Stream?

Best Answer

  • Given that this question is a few months old, you may have already found an answer, but I figured I'd provide one in case anyone else comes to this post looking for an answer to the same question.

    While I don't know of a way to add photos from the Camera Roll to the "main" photo stream retroactively, you can add pictures to shared photo streams. Those will sync up with iCloud and any iCloud-connected devices, just like the "main" photo stream.

    To add pictures to a shared photo stream:

    1. Create a shared photo stream. On your iPhone, open the Photos app, go to the Shared tab (bottom center of the screen), and tap on "New Shared Stream". Give the new stream a name.
    2. Go to your Camera Roll, tap on Select (top right of the screen), and select (tap) each picture that you want to add to the new shared stream.
    3. Once all of the pictures you want to add to the stream are selected, tap the share button (bottom left of the screen), choose iCloud on the menu that pops up, and choose the newly created shared photo stream.