iCloud shared streams not shown after upgrade to Photos

The Mac OS X 10.10.3 includes the new iPhoto replacement called Photos. My upgrade experience was not very positive: I could no longer connect to the various albums I shared on iCloud. The albums were still there, they were showing up on other devices, but in Photos they were not visible. The Shared section of Photos showed the message “Connecting to library… Retrieving latest photo sharing activity” but after that, nothing happened.

After trying various things, this is the procedure that fixed it for me:

  • Close Photos
  • Repair disk permissions via Disk Utility
  • Restart
  • Don’t start Photos, but go to System Preferences, iCloud, Photos and disable iCloud Photo Sharing
  • Enable it again
  • Start Photos. After a while, the activity stream will update and the shared photos will start coming in.

 

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10 thoughts on “iCloud shared streams not shown after upgrade to Photos”

  1. Having same problem, after initially showing shared streams it all of a sudden stopped.

    When I click on the Shared button up top it hangs showing “Connecting to Library” and below that “Retrieving latest photo sharing activity”.

    I’ve tried disable and reenabling iCloud options, but to no avail.

    So much for “it just works”

  2. To repair iCloud Photo Sharing and My photo Stream try to do the following.

    1. Close Photos
    2. Go to System Preferences, iCloud, Photos and disable “My photo Stream” and “iCloud Photo Sharing”
    3. Go to folder /Users/YourUser/Library/Containers/com.apple.cloudphotosd/Data/Library/Application Support/com.apple.cloudphotosd/services
    4. Delete com.apple.photo.icloud.myphotostream and com.apple.photo.icloud.sharedstreams folders
    5. Enable “My photo Stream” and “iCloud Photo Sharing” again.
    6. Start Photos. After a while, the shared photos will start coming.

  3. This worked for me thanks. Except I disabled the photo sharing before the Disk Utility and it still worked as a method to fix this problem.

    Thanks

  4. Thanks so much – this worked for me. After latest upgrade haven’t been able to get photo sharing to work at all so appreciate your help!

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