Update: this doesn’t work universally for some reason. It was too good to be true
I just discovered a neat trick: you can use iCloud as an image host. Just in case I’m the second-last to find out about it, here’s how to do it.
- In Photos, context-click or share sheet on the image you want hosted → tap “Copy iCloud link”
- Paste the link into a browser, and hit Download
- On iOS/iPadOS, tap View to get an in-browser tab with the photo
- Copy the link in the new tab—that’s your hosted link!
The link doesn’t have a file extension, so I’m not sure it’ll work everywhere. But it seems to work here on MPU!
I don’t host images very often. When required, I’ve uploaded them to any of the usual web hosts. This usually requires almost more trouble than it’s worth, typically because I need to navigate logging in and/or traversing a set of steps in order to finally get the thing uploaded and linkable. This approach seems to be quicker. Maybe there’s even a way of Shortcuts-ing it…
(Does anyone know if the link will expire? It seems like it won’t.)