How to Save Videos from iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone

Do you want to save the videos and photos from iCloud Photo Sharing that shared by your family and friends? This guide tells you everything you need to know about how to save videos from iCloud Photo Sharing.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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How to save videos from iCloud Photo Sharing

I have several shared albums on my iPhone and I would like to save a video from iCloud shared photo streams. Could you help me, please?

- Question from Apple Community

To share photos with your friends, family, and more, there is a hidden function you may never try on your iPhone, which is called iCloud Photo Sharing, aka Shared Albums. Here in this guide, we will elaborate to you on what iCloud Photo Sharing is as well as how to save photos, videos from iCloud Photo Sharing to iPhone.

What is iCloud Photo Sharing?

iCloud Photo Sharing is a great way to share photos and videos among a group of people (up to 100), which needs you to create a shared photo album for the files you want to share. As for people who have subscribed, they can view, like, and comment on the photos and videos in a shared album.

iPhone Shared Album

You may think that the iCloud Photo Sharing function is kind of similar to Facebook or Instagram. It’s true and what is the biggest difference is that your photos and videos stay private between your group. Best of all, although it is considered part of iCloud Photo Library, it doesn’t count toward your iCloud storage.

How to save videos from iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone

Now, follow the instructions in this part to set up your iCloud Photo Sharing and the way to save photos and videos from iCloud shared albums.

How to set up iCloud Photo Sharing

iCloud Photo Sharing is an Apple iCloud service, therefore, you’ll need to sign in to iCloud first.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the Settings app > [your name] > Tap iCloud > Photos, then toggle on Shared Albums. You also need to toggle on the switch of iCloud Photos.

Turn On iCloud Shared Albums

How to save photos/videos from iCloud Photo Sharing to iPhone

Before saving videos from iCloud Photo Sharing to iPhone, you need to make sure you have subscribed to certain shared albums. You can accept the iCloud Shared albums invite using a shared link.

How to accept a shared album invite
If you have been invited to join a shared album, you can accept the invitation by going to the Photos app > Tap the For You from the button on the screen > The invite should appear at the top of the list > Tap Accept to accept it.

Accept Shared Album Invite

How to download photos and videos from iCloud Photo Sharing to iPhone
Step 1. Open the Photos app > Tap the Albums tab > Scroll down to Shared Albums and select an album.

Step 2. Tap the photo or video, then tap the share button > Choose Save Image or Save Video.

This guide: Shared Albums not showing up on iPhone may help you out if you are in trouble and cannot access the shared albums.

Alternative to share photos and videos between iPhones

Since the shared album works based on iCloud, which requires a stable Internet connection to function properly. In addition, recent forums have pointed out that there may have been a data leak in iCloud, with many photos and videos appearing on iPhone users that do not belong to them. 

If you want to transfer videos from iPhone to iPhone directly and offline without iCloud. FoneTool, the app version for iOS users, can be a great try. You can scan the QR code below to download the app from App Store to your iPhone and have a try.

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Step 1. Enable Wi-Fi on both iPhones and place them close to each other > Open FoneTool app and click Connect Device > Tap the name of the other iPhone to establish a connection between them.

Connect Device

Step 2. On the source iPhone > Click File Transfer > Tap Photos or any other options to browse and choose the files you want to transfer > Tap Send to start.

Tap Send Photos

Step 3. On the target iPhone, receive the photos in the FoneTool app. When it is finished, you can go to Transfer List or relative apps to check the transferred files, like the photos in the Photos app.

Bonus: How to transfer photos/videos between iPhone and computer

The videos on iPhone always take up much space on your iPhone. To free up iPhone storage space or edit the video on a bigger screen, you may need to transfer videos from iPhone to computer. Here recommended you FoneTool, the powerful iOS data transfer tool for Windows users.

With a stable USB connection between iPhone and computer, the tool helps you transfer videos, especially large videos to computer at a super-fast speed. Besides, all the videos, including photo videos, movies, and music videos can be transferred without effort.

Download and install the software to your computer. Let’s share iPhone videos to computer in three simple steps.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer and go to iPhone to PC.

Transfer To Computer

Step 2. Click the plus icon > Check Videos icon and uncheck the others > From here, you can browse all videos on your iPhone > Choose the wanted videos and click OK to confirm.

Choose Videos

Step 3. Click Start Transfer > Choose a storage path on your computer to save the files > Click Start Transfer to start the process.


If you need to transfer videos from computer to iPhone after editing the videos, you can make use of its PC to iPhone function. If needed, the Phone Backup function makes it convenient to backup iPhone videos selectively.


That’s all for how to save videos from iCloud Photo Sharing to your iPhone/iPad. Hope you can enjoy yourself in iCloud Photo Sharing - the private social media of you and your friends and family.

If you need an offline transfer solution, don’t forget to try FoneTool or its mobile app, FoneTool. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.