What is ApplePhotoStreams.exe?

The genuine ApplePhotoStreams.exe file is a software component of iCloud by Apple.
ApplePhotoStreams.exe is an executable file that belongs to Apple iCloud for Windows, a program that enables users to upload data from their Windows-based PCs to Apple servers. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. iCloud is a cloud storage service that offers users online storage space to for data such as documents, photos, and music. The data is kept on remote servers and can be accessed by any authorized iOS, Macintosh or Windows device, with the ability to share and send data to other users, and to old data if the Apple device is lost or stolen. Apple Inc. is an American company that develops consumer electronics, computer software, as well as online services. The company is known for its smartphones, tablet computers, personal computers, media players and smartwatches. Apple develops the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, as well as several dozen productivity suites. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. The company is currently based in Cupertino, California, USA.

ApplePhotoStreams stands for Apple PhotoStreams Uploader Executable

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ApplePhotoStreams.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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ApplePhotoStreams.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ApplePhotoStreams
ApplePhotoStreams.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as iCloud Photo Stream or iCloud Photos or Apple Photostreams Uploader Executable belongs to software iCloud for Windows or iCloud Control Panel or iCloud by Apple (

Description: ApplePhotoStreams.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ApplePhotoStreams.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 43,816 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 61,200 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The ApplePhotoStreams.exe file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system file. ApplePhotoStreams.exe is a Verisign signed file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. ApplePhotoStreams.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also visit the vendor’s support site, make sure that you have installed the latest version or uninstall iCloud or Apple software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify ApplePhotoStreams.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ApplePhotoStreams.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ApplePhotoStreams.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving ApplePhotoStreams issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ApplePhotoStreams. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ApplePhotoStreams.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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