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    Hi, new member here so I must ask for your patience. I am an Android user so I know next to nothing about Apple products.
    My wife has an iPhone 4s and an iPad 1 on ios 5.1.1.
    She would like to share photos from iPhone to iPad without involving a computer (if possible). Furthermore, she only has 2 gigs of data per month so would like the photos to transfer from phone to ipad when phone is on wifi, never when phone is using paid data. My wife is even less techy than I so for this to be useful it must happen automatically without need for her to do anything, not even tap a button.

    Is it possible to set it up this way? If so how?

    Again, I thank you for your patience. I have searched but cannot find anything about how to do what I am describing.

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    Assisting you is important to us and there are times when the members of this community who can best provide you with assistance to your particular issue or concern may not be available at the time of your post so please be patient while awaiting a reply. In the meantime, feel free to peruse the various sections of the iMore forum as well as the iMore Blog and check back periodically for a reply to your post. Thank you.
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    Thanks for your reply! I'm clueless so have no choice but to be patient! LOL

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    You should just be able to log into iCloud and turn on PhotoStream on each device.

    I attached some screen shots which should help.
    Using iCloud with Photos-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1367874983.637573.jpg
    Using iCloud with Photos-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1367875011.220258.jpg
    Using iCloud with Photos-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1367875027.302080.jpg

    Note that I'm on iOS 6.1.4 so it might look slightly different (no shared PhotoStream for one).

    But as long as she uses the same iCloud login for both iPhone and iPad then she should see the same photos on each.
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    Thanks, but is there a wifi only option like in Android? We'd go broke in data charges if icloud shared in 3G.

    If we did a factory reset in iphone would photos still be available on the ipad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Hi, new member here so I must ask for your patience.
    It is our hope to be of service to you.
    I am an Android user so I know next to nothing about Apple products.
    We won't hold that against you, sir......Seriously, many of the iMore community are also current & former Android users.
    My wife has an iPhone 4s and an iPad 1 on ios 5.1.1.
    She would like to share photos from iPhone to iPad without involving a computer (if possible).
    She can do that with iCloud. You can read about iCloud , but in summary, it allows you to sync devices wirelessly.
    Furthermore, she only has 2 gigs of data per month so would like the photos to transfer from phone to ipad when phone is on wifi, never when phone is using paid data. My wife is even less techy than I so for this to be useful it must happen automatically without need for her to do anything, not even tap a button.

    Is it possible to set it up this way? If so how?
    Yes, this can be accomplished with
    Again, I thank you for your patience. I have searched but cannot find anything about how to do what I am describing.

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    You're very welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Thanks, but is there a wifi only option like in Android? We'd go broke in data charges if icloud shared in 3G.

    If we did a factory reset in iphone would photos still be available on the ipad?

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    I'm fairly certain PhotoStream only syncs on wifi. See third screenshot above.
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    Yes, I saw that and called vzw tech support to verify but they only referred me to apple. apple wouldn't talk to me because i don't have a service plan. I will take the chance and keep an eye on her data numbers. Thanks again!

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    Using iCloud with Photos-imageuploadedbytapatalk1367880197.514895.jpg

    Here is a screen shot. It says right below the toggle for photo stream that it will send photos to iCloud when connected to wifi.


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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Yes, I saw that and called vzw tech support to verify but they only referred me to apple. apple wouldn't talk to me because i don't have a service plan. I will take the chance and keep an eye on her data numbers. Thanks again!

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    Set up PhotoStream and then go into Settings, usage, cellular usage, and select the option to reset statistics. Then turn off wifi and take some photos. Wait a while and see if they get transferred to photo stream and/or monitor your cellular usage stats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    Set up PhotoStream and then go into Settings, usage, cellular usage, and select the option to reset statistics. Then turn off wifi and take some photos. Wait a while and see if they get transferred to photo stream and/or monitor your cellular usage stats.
    Karen along with what you and Justin said should he not also have the iCloud Control Panel on his Mac/PC and choose Photo Stream. Every time I take pics and get out of the camera app I come home and log on to the control panel and make sure I am on Wi Fi and in no time they are synced from my Camera roll to my Photostream folder on my PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarr40 View Post
    Karen along with what you and Justin said should he not also have the iCloud Control Panel on his Mac/PC and choose Photo Stream. Every time I take pics and get out of the camera app I come home and log on to the control panel and make sure I am on Wi Fi and in no time they are synced from my Camera roll to my Photostream folder on my PC.
    That's a good idea to, but OP was requesting something that didn't involve a PC. But eventually they will have to come off of the iDevice(s), and your suggestion is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    That's a good idea to, but OP was requesting something that didn't involve a PC. But eventually they will have to come off of the iDevice(s), and your suggestion is correct.
    You say eventually have to take pics off idevices. Why?

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    If you're running out of space.
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    Oh I forgot to ask the most important question I iCloud with Photostream free?

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    Is there a way to get all the photos in my camera roll on my iphone to upload to photostream as well as the new ones? I signed in on ipad and iphone but none of the old photos are being transferred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Oh I forgot to ask the most important question I iCloud with Photostream free?

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    Mostly. iCloud includes 5Gb of storage free.

    PhotoStream only saves the last 30 days and up to 1000 pictures though.
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    I'm all signed in to photostream on ipad & iphone but no photos uploaded. There are 103 photos on phone and 30 taken in last 30 days. Same user id and password. Nothing in istream folder on either device?

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    I'm all signed in to photostream on ipad & iphone but no photos uploaded. There are 103 photos on phone and 30 taken in last 30 days. Same user id and password. Nothing in istream folder on either device?

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    If both devices are connected to Wi-Fi, give it some time, the photos will sync. Just let the devices go into sleep mode and check the photos in a few minutes or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    If both devices are connected to Wi-Fi, give it some time, the photos will sync. Just let the devices go into sleep mode and check the photos in a few minutes or so.
    They were both connected to wifi all night long.

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    When do photos upload to My Photo Stream?

    When you enable My Photo Stream on your devices, all new photos you take or import to those devices will be automatically added to your photo stream.

    On an iOS device, new photos you take will be automatically uploaded to your photo stream when you leave the Camera app and are connected to Wi-Fi. Note: My Photo Stream does not push photos over cellular connections.

    On your Mac, any new photos you import to iPhoto or Aperture will begin uploading automatically when you have a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Or, you can change your iPhoto or Aperture preferences so that only photos you manually add to My Photo Stream are uploaded.

    On a PC with iCloud Control Panel 2.0 or later, open a Windows Explorer window. Select Photo Stream under Favorites. Open My Photo Stream. Click the "Add photos" button. Select photos to import to My Photo Stream, and then click Open.
    According to that above, iCloud/Photo Stream only deals with new pictures after you enable Photo Stream.
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    According to that above, iCloud/Photo Stream only deals with new pictures after you enable Photo Stream.
    Yes. This was driving me crazy a while back until I saw this. Only new photos will stream after enabling photo stream. It's not like google plus or Dropbox where you can have it pull in all photos or a selected few.


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    According to that above, iCloud/Photo Stream only deals with new pictures after you enable Photo Stream.
    I also wonder if the fact the iphone was connected to charger all night prevented the upload? I read on apple support forums a thread in which users said all of their photos uploaded the first time they connected then only new ones thereafter. How would I know if photos on iphone and ipad are set up to upload automatically or if I have to move them to the istream folder? I guess I was stupid not to take a picture to test it. I just thought pics would all upload overnight. There's no "upload" button right? Under settings icloud istream is listed as on on both devices.

    I also noticed when I connect the iphone to my pc I can copy photos to computer as though phone is a flash drive but the ipad doesn't show up at all under my computer. It only syncs with itunes.

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    No being on the charger doesn't prevent uploads. It just needs to be on wifi. But per the info above, it only applies to newly taken photos not others already in your camera roll.
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    There is no "istream" folder. Photos get put into PhotoStream automatically. If its turned on, you don't need to move photos into PhotoStream.
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