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August 22, 2018 (Updated: October 26, 2020)

It is always a good idea to back up your data on your iPhone or iPad to keep it safe and protected. When you regularly backup your device you are assured that your apps, photos, messages, videos, phone settings and data will not be lost if your device gets damaged. You can set your device on automatic backup to iCloud to avoid having to keep updating it yourself. However, there are times when you have photos not backing up to iCloud.

There are many reasons why this would happen. We will help you to identify the reasons why this happens and how you can fix it.

iCloud Features That You Need to Know

  • iCloud will not back up photos manually after backing up photos to iCloud automatically.
  • iCloud only helps you to save the last 1000 photos in iCloud server for 30 days.
  • You cannot back up photo stream, photo library or my album to iCloud backup. You can only backup camera rolls to iCloud automatically.
  • There are two ways you can back up on iCloud. One is by backing up your entire device’s content manually; the other is by backing up your iOS content that is your calendar, contacts, bookmarks etc. to iCloud automatically when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • The photos uploaded on iCloud can be viewed automatically but the photos in iCloud backup cannot be accessed unless you restore your device with iCloud backup.

Photos Not Backing Up to iCloud? How to Fix it?

  • 1. Check iCloud Settings
  • 2. Ensure Enough Storage for iCloud Backup
  • 3. Sign out of iCloud and sign in
  • 4. Update iOS Version
  • 5. Alternative Way to Back Up Photos for Free

1. Check iCloud Settings

If your iCloud settings have been changed you may receive an error message on your iPhone which means there is a problem enabling iCloud backup. In order for you to rectify photos not backing up to iCloud, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1: On your iPhone open Settings.

Step 2: Click on your name at the top of the page.

Step 3: Then click on iCloud.

Step 4: Scroll down to check if your iCloud backup is switched on.

Step 5: If iCloud backup is not on, click on it to turn it on click on Back up now if you want to make an immediate backup.

No icloud isn’t backing them all up how to manage photos on your iphone or ipad

If you notice your Back up now is grayed you may have a network restriction. This could be because the IT department in your university or the systems administrator at your workplace has put restriction settings that are making iCloud backup unavailable. Or you could be having a Wi-Fi connectivity problem.

2. Ensure Enough Storage for iCloud Backup

Lack of enough iCloud storage space is one of the most common reasons why iCloud backup fails as your iPhone will not automatically backup to cloud if there is no enough space for the entire backup. Every iCloud account holder is given a 5 GB free storage space which might not be enough. If iCloud is not backing up properly you need to check if storage is the problem by following these steps:

Step 1: Go to your iPhone Settings and click on your name at the top of the page.

Step 2: Click on the iCloud option which will take you to view your iCloud storage at the top. If your iCloud storage is full you will need to buy more iCloud storage space.

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3. Sign out of iCloud and sign in

If you have tried to hard reset your iPhone and it has not worked, you can try signing out then signing back into your iCloud account to see if photos not backing up to iCloud will be resolved. Follow these steps:

Step 1: On your iPhone open Settings.

Step 2: Scroll down and click on Account & passwords tab.

Step 3: Then click on iCloud.

Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Sign out.

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A warning sign will be displayed before you sign out but do not worry once you sign back to your iCloud account all your photos, documents and data will be restored.

4. Update iOS Version

The other reason photos not backing up to iCloud could be because of your current iOS version has not been updated to its latest version. To update it:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to a charger then connect to internet with Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Go to Settings and click on the General tab.

Step 3: Then click on Software update.

Step 4: Click on Download and install.

Step 5: If it indicates you do not have enough space to install the update, free up some space on your iPhone then try again.

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5. Alternative Way to Back Up Photos for Free

iMyFone iTansor is software that can help you to easily backup and restore all you important data from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, iCloud or iTunes backup to another device without losing any data. Below are its core feature:

  • Back up all data or only Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp messages, WeChat messages totally for free.
  • Restore a full backup or restore only Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp messages, WeChat from iTunes, iCloud backup or iTransor backup to iPhone without data loss.
  • Export more than 20 types of data from your device or iTunes/iCloud backup easily.
  • Fully compatible with the newest iPhone 12/11 and iOS 14/13.

Steps on How to Back Up iPhone for Free with iMyFone iTransor

Step 1: Download and launch the program in your PC choose Acquire backup from device & iCloud from the left panel then click on Back up device.

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Step 2: Connect your device to your PC for the program to automatically detect your device. On the right column select either of the two options that suit your needs then you can choose the path of your backup files.

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Step 3: Then click Backup to start the backup process. You will be notified the data has been backed up successfully and you can view and export data from the backup or restore your device from the backup later.

No icloud isn’t backing them all up how to manage photos on your iphone or ipad

iCloud is a safe and easy way of making sure all your data is secure and protected in case your device gets damaged. However, it can develop problems like photos not backing up in iCloud which could be caused by many reasons. It could be caused by insufficient space, disabled backup, iCloud settings and many other reasons. By identifying these reasons you are in a better position on resolving the problem.

When you set up an Apple ID with your iOS device and backup photos, videos and other stuff on iCloud. On your Windows PC, you might want to download or view photos that you stored on iCloud backup. Apple allows you to see iCloud backup files on your PC through a browser or using a Windows iCloud application.

Access Photos stored on iCloud [Using Browser]

You can access iCloud backup Photos, contacts, mail, calendar, notes, reminder and other documents online using official icloud.com website. To see pictures you stored on iCloud, follow the given instructions below.

  • Open your web browser on your computer and go to icloud.com website. Sign in to iCloud using your Apple ID and Password. If Two-factor authentication of on then you have to allow and enter the verification code that sent to your device.
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  • Once you successfully logged in to your account, you will see and similar screen with different icons. To view iCloud Photos, click the Photos icon.
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  • On the next screen, you can see your backed up photos on iCloud. In the left column, you can view all the photo albums: Favorites, Videos, Live Photos, Time-lapse, Slo-mo, Portraits, Screenshots, Animated, Deleted, and WhatsApp as well. You can select any album and filter the photos showing on the right side.
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Download iCloud backup photos

First, select the photos that you want to download. Use Ctrl keyboard key to select more than one photos, click the “download selected items” button (cloud with downwards arrow icon). To make sure you are downloading original quality photos as they captured or imported. When you rollover the download icon you will notice, and a tiny arrow appears. Click this arrow and make sure “unmodified originals” option is selected.

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Once the desired option is selected, select the shots and click the download button to save photos in your PC.

Delete a photo from iCloud backup

When you are viewing the iCloud photo backup online. Select any picture that you want to delete or press Ctrl and keep selecting multiple photo thumbnails. Once selected, click the Trash icon above in the header.

Download All iCloud Photos to Windows PC [using iCloud App]

If you want to download all the photos available on iCloud backup directly to Windows PC. You can install the iCloud app for Windows and then download and upload pictures.

  1. Download and install the iCloud desktop app for Windows.
  2. Run the iCloud app and Sign in with your Apple ID.
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  3. Now, open iCloud download folder to start downloading all the photos saved in iCloud. Press Windows + E keyboard keys to open File Explorer. In the left section select “iCloud Photos”. Click the button “Download photos and videos” above in the toolbar.
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  4. Select the option, All to download all the pictures or choose a year to download photos of a specific year.
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  5. Double click to open Downloads folder to view all the photos downloaded from iCloud backup.
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This may take some time to download, depending on the number of files and size. Wait for iCloud app to download selected photos and videos from the iCloud backup.

Change iCloud photos download folder in Windows

By default iCloud download folder path on Windows is C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Pictures\iCloud Photos\Downloads . You can change the folder location to another partition.

  • Open the iCloud app and then click the Options button in front of Photos.
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  • On the next window, there is an option “Download new photos and videos to my PC”. You can see there is a path to the download folder. To change this path click the Change button and select a new location for the iCloud picture.
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  • Once new folder selected, click the Done button and then hit Apply to save the settings.

Now all the photos and videos downloaded from iCloud will be saved in the new location.

Learn how to use iCloud Photos or My Photo Stream with your Windows PC, upload and download your photos and videos so you can view them on your Apple devices, and delete the ones you don’t want anymore.

Before you begin

Here’s what you need to use iCloud Photos on your PC:

  • Windows 7 or later
  • Your Apple ID
  • iCloud for Windows

My Photo Stream isn’t available on iCloud for Windows 10 and later. To learn more, check the system requirements for iCloud.

If you see a “We detected that you are using an older version of Windows” message, learn what to do.

How do I see the photos and videos I uploaded to iCloud Photos from my PC?

After you upload the photos from your PC to iCloud Photos, you can view and manage your photos and videos in the Photos app on iCloud.com and your Apple devices.

How do I download all of my photos and videos to my Windows PC?

In iCloud for Windows 11.1 and later, optimized versions of all photos and videos automatically download to your PC once you enable iCloud Photos. Open the photo or video to download the full version.

In iCloud for Windows 10 and earlier, after you turn on iCloud Photos on all of your devices, any new photos and videos you add to your library will automatically download to your PC.* You can also download your photos and videos by year. You can find the download button by clicking iCloud in the Windows Notification Area.

* New photos and videos automatically download to your PC at C:\Users\your name\My Pictures\iCloud Photos\Downloads.

How do I see the status of my upload or download?

After you download iCloud for Windows, you can add it to your status bar to see the progress of your iCloud uploads and downloads. Click the iCloud icon in the Windows Notification Area on your PC. You might need to click Show hidden icons in the Notification Area to see iCloud.

I made edits to a photo or video on my Apple device but don’t see them on my PC

In the latest version of iCloud for Windows, edits and deletions will download automatically.

In iCloud for Windows 10 and earlier, iCloud Photos on your Windows PC downloads your photos one time. If you make photo edits after they download to your PC, the edited version won’t download again. If you want to save the edited version to your PC, you can download individual photos and videos from iCloud.com or download them by year.

  1. Click the iCloud icon in the Windows Notification Area on your PC.
  2. Click Download Photos.
  3. Choose the photos and videos you want to download and click Download.

If you edit a photo on your PC that you’ve already uploaded to iCloud Photos, you can change the filename of the photo and upload it to iCloud Photos again.

I added photos to My Photo Stream, but they aren’t on my devices

If you add photos to iCloud on your PC, but you don’t see them on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps:

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings > Wi-Fi. Make sure that Wi-Fi is on and your iOS device is connected to the Internet. Get help if you can’t connect to Wi-Fi on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud. Make sure that you’re signed in with the same Apple ID that you’re using with iCloud for Windows.
  3. Open iCloud for Windows, and next to Photos, click Options. Turn on My Photo Stream.
  4. Close and then reopen iCloud for Windows.
  5. Restart your computer.

If you still don’t see your Photos on your iOS devices, copy your photos to the Uploads folder.

Copy photos to an iCloud folder

You can also copy your photos from a folder on your PC to an iCloud folder that will upload them automatically.

  1. Open a File Explorer window.
  2. In the Navigation pane (sidebar), click on iCloud Photos. If you’re using an earlier version of iCloud for Windows, go to Favorites > iCloud Photos.
  3. In another window, open the folder where you currently store the photos that you want to add to iCloud Photos.
  4. Select the photos that you want to add.
  5. Drag them into the iCloud Photos folder. In earlier versions of iCloud for Windows, drag them into Favorites > iCloud Photos > Uploads.

What happened to the My Photo Stream folder?

In iCloud for Windows 10 and later, My Photo Stream is no longer available.

In iCloud for Windows 7, after you turn on iCloud Photos on your PC, My Photo Stream turns off automatically. If you want to send new photos to your devices that don’t use iCloud Photos, you can turn My Photo Stream back on in iCloud Photo Options. When you use both iCloud Photos and My Photo Stream, you can see your My Photo Stream photos when you go to Pictures > iCloud Photos > Downloads.

Why am I seeing duplicate photos?

In iCloud for Windows 7.x, you see both a video and a key still image for each Live Photo downloaded from iCloud Photos. Upgrade to the latest version of iCloud for Windows to see a JPEG or MOV file for each Live Photo currently stored in iCloud Photos instead of both a video and a still image.

You may also see extra copies of photos when they have been edited in the iOS or macOS Photos app before being downloaded to your PC. Learn more about edited photos in iCloud Photos.

How do I delete photos and videos in iCloud Photos?

In iCloud for Windows 11.1 and later, photos and videos that you delete from your Apple device or iCloud.com will delete from your PC unless you have chosen to pin them. And when you delete a photo or video on your PC, one of the following happens:

iCloud for Windows 11 and later: The files and thumbnails are removed from your PC but are still stored in iCloud Photos. If you edit a photo or video on another device, the thumbnail reappears on your PC.

iCloud for Windows 10 and earlier: The files are removed from your PC but are still stored in iCloud Photos.

In iCloud for Windows 7, you can delete photos and videos in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, and on iCloud.com.

When you delete photos and videos from your Apple device or on iCloud.com, they won’t delete from your PC. And when you delete a photo or video on your PC, it won’t delete in iCloud Photos.

How does iCloud Photos handle RAW photos?

iCloud Photos keeps all of your RAW photos with embedded JPEGs stored in their original formats. You can view thumbnail versions on your Mac, or download and edit them on your Mac or PC.

I get a “We detected that you are using an older version of Windows” message

If you are running an older version of Windows 10, you may see a message that states “We detected that you are using an older version of Windows. iCloud Photos capability will be slightly limited on this version of Windows.” To get full iCloud Photos capabilities, upgrade to Windows 10 build 18363 or later and download and install the HEVC decoder and HEIF plugin from the Microsoft Store.

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Photos, keeping a record of people’s valuable memory, may be the most important things on iPhone. Getting photos damaged or lost must make you disappointed. Therefore, it is necessary for you to make a backup of your photos. On one hand, backup can help you free up more space on your iPhone. On the other hand, backup is convenient for you to view these photos at any time. Here, we will give you some ways to backup your photos to iCloud. You can choose the best way to do it.

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1 How to Backup Photos to iCloud Automatically

The first way for you is to make iCloud backup photos stored on your iPhone automatically. Read how to backup photos to iCloud automatically.

Step 1 Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on your name.

Step 2 Tap on iCloud and then Photos.

Step 3 Turn on the switch next to iCloud Backup and tap on Back Up Now.

Step 4 You must ensure that your iPhone is connected to a power source and Wi-Fi network, and that its screen is locked. In this way, your iPhone will backup photos to iCloud automatically.

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2 How to Backup iPhone Photos to iCloud Manually

The second way for you is to make iCloud backup photos stored on your iPhone manually. Read how to backup photos to iCloud manually.

Step 1 Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on your name.

Step 2 Tap on iCloud and then Photo.

Step 3 Turn on the switch next to iCloud Backup and tap on Back Up Now. You must make your iPhone keep connected to a Wi-Fi network until the whole process completes.

Step 4 After a complete backup, go back to Settings, click on your Apple ID and then iCloud. Tap on iCloud Backup and then Back Up Now to see the time and size of the photos backed up.

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Note: Using iCloud to backup photos automatically or manually has three disadvantages.

  • Firstly, only 5GB storage is provided for free. If users want to backup more, they have to pay for more space.
  • Secondly, users will easily feel bored by using iCloud to backup photos due to a time-consuming process. Also, an alternative backup can not be achieved by using iCloud.
  • Thirdly, the photos that have been backed up can not be checked.

So how can we deal with these troubles? Of course, iMyFone D-Port Pro is the most recommended way. Read how to backup photos.

3 Backup iPhone Pictures using a Third-Party Tool

iMyFone D-Port is an excellent option for you to backup iPhone photos compared with other tools. This backup tool can export over 20 types of data from different sources. It can also make up for the disadvantages of iCloud backup mentioned above.

Key Features:

  1. You can view and extract your photos whenever you want to use them in the future without restoring them on the iPhone.
  2. A selective backup can be achieved by using this tool. In other words, you are allowed to selectively choose the pictures that you really want to backup.

Steps to Use iMyFone D-Port to Backup iPhone Pictures

Step 1 Launch iMyFone D-Port Pro and connect your iPhone to computer. Select Back up & Export from Device. Then click on Export Data.

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Step 2 Choose the data on the screen that you really want to export and click on Next.

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Step 3 The pictures begin to show up on the screen. You can select the pictures to be backed up and finish your operation by clicking on Export.

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4 View and Access iCloud Backup for Free via iMyFone D-Port

iMyFone D-port iCloud backup viewer serves as an effective data exporter in viewing iCloud backup on your computer. By using it, you can preview several files in the iCloud backup or extract and view a particular file without restoring all iCloud backup. Thus, it is wise for you to give it a try.

Key Features:

  • View Up to 20 Files: By using this tool, you are allowed to view up to 20 different files, which are more than the files other tools provide to be viewed.
  • View Data in iTunes: You can view both iCloud backup and iTunes backup. The multifunction of D-Port can strengthen your data backup experience.
  • Act as iPhone Data Exporter: This tool can be used as data exporter. You can export data from your iPhone to your Mac/PC.

Steps to Use iMyFone D-Port to View iCloud Backup

Step 1 Log in your iCloud account to choose one iCloud backup.

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Step 2 Choose the iCloud backup you really want to view, click on Next and download it on your computer. Then, choose the type of data you want to view.

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Step 3 After the tool finishes its scanning data in the iCloud backup, you are allowed to see and view the data in iCloud backup for free.

No icloud isn’t backing them all up how to manage photos on your iphone or ipad

Written By Axel Nash | Jul 18,2020

One of the best things about iOS devices is their seamless integration with iCloud. Once you have connected your iCloud account with your iPhone, you can easily move photos from iPhone to iCloud. Apart from maintaining a backup, it also makes our photos available on various connected devices. Though, sometimes people face issues while uploading photos from iPhone to iCloud. If you also wish to know how to move photos from iPhone to iCloud storage, then you have come to the right place. In this post, I will discuss how to move photos from iPhone to iCloud in every possible way.

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Part 1: How to Move Photos from iPhone to iCloud Storage

It is extremely easy to transfer photos from iPhone to iCloud using the iCloud Photo Library. This dedicated feature in iCloud makes a library of your photos that you can access on any synced device. Before you move photos from iPhone to iCloud, please note that only 5 GB of free space is allocated to every iCloud account. Therefore, if you have exhausted this storage and have a lot of photos to upload, then you might consider upgrading your iCloud account.

After making sure that you have enough iCloud storage available, follow these steps to learn how to transfer pictures from iPhone to iCloud.

Step 1: Enable iCloud Photo Library

To start with, just go to your iPhone’s Settings and tap on your avatar to visit the iCloud settings. Also, make sure that you have already signed-in to an active iCloud account here. Now, just browse to iCloud > Photos and enable the “iCloud Photo Library” option. From here, you can select if you wish to optimize the size of your photo or retain their original size.

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Step 2: Access synced photos on iCloud

Once you have turned on the iCloud Photo Library option, you have to wait for a while and maintain a stable internet connection. After transferring your photos, you can just go to the official iCloud website on your system, log-in to your account, and visit the “Photos” option from here. You can also use the iCloud desktop application on your Mac or Windows to sync your photos.

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Optional: Disable iCloud Photo Library

After uploading photos from iPhone to iCloud, you can disable this feature whenever you want. Apart from iCloud > Photos > iCloud Photo Library, you can also go to its iCloud Settings > Manage Storage > iCloud Photo Library to delete and disable this feature.

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Bonus: Take a Backup of your iPhone on iCloud

If you have an old device and the feature of iCloud Photos is not there, then you can consider taking an entire backup of your iPhone. To do this, you can go to its Settings > iCloud > Backup and turn on the iCloud Backup option. You can tap on the “Back Up Now” button to take a backup of your device right away.

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Part 2: A Better Alternative: Back up Photos from iPhone to Computer With One Click

As you can see, by uploading photos from iPhone to iCloud, a substantial amount of iCloud storage is consumed. Since we only get 5 GB of free space on iCloud, most people have to buy a premium plan to get more storage. To avoid that, you can just use MobileTrans – Backup as it can take an extensive backup of your iPhone data to your computer.

  • • MobileTrans – Backup is an extremely user-friendly application that can back up your photos, videos, audios, contacts, call logs, and so much more.
  • • You can take a backup of your iPhone data directly to your computer as many times as you want.
  • • The application will maintain different versions of your backup content, letting you restore any backup file to your device whenever you want.
  • • You can also use MobileTrans – Restore to extract the existing backup of MobileTrans or iTunes to the same or any other device.
  • • The tool is compatible with every major iOS device and does not need jailbreak access as well.

To take an extensive backup of your iPhone photos to your computer, you can just install MobileTrans – Backup and follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch the Backup tool

Firstly, just install MobileTrans – Backup on your system and launch it whenever you wish to back up your data. From the provided options on its home, you have to select the “Backup” module.

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Step 2: Select what you wish to back up

Now, connect your iOS device to your computer and let the application detect it automatically. Afterward, you can view a list of various data types that you can back up. From here, just select “Photos” or any other type of data that you wish to move and click on the “Start” button.

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Step 3: Back up your data

That’s it! You can now just wait for a while as the application would save your selected data to your computer. When the process is completed successfully, you will be notified so that you can safely remove your iPhone from your computer.

This brings us to the end of this extensive guide on how to move photos from iPhone to iCloud storage. As you can see, I have listed a stepwise solution for uploading photos from iPhone to iCloud. Since the process can be time-consuming, you can consider a better alternative. MobileTrans – Backup is one of the best ways to back up your iPhone data directly to your system. Since it supports all the major data types, you can also save your contacts, notes, calendar, call logs, browser data, and so much more. Go ahead and try these solutions and feel free to share this guide with others to teach them how to move photos from iPhone to iCloud.

A backup allows you to copy and save the information from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you replace your device, you can use a backup to transfer your information to a new device.

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Decide which method is best for you

In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can back up your device using iCloud and also using your computer. Learn how to back up your device or restore your device from a backup.

iCloud

  • Stores backups in iCloud
  • Offers up to 2TB of storage (with an Apple One Premier plan, you can get up to 4TB)
  • Always encrypts your backups
  • Lets you create and use backups from anywhere with Wi-Fi

Computer

  • Stores backups on your Mac or PC
  • Storage depends on your Mac or PC’s available space
  • Offers encrypted backups (off by default)
  • Lets you create and use backups from your Mac or PC

iCloud backups

With a Wi-Fi network connection, you can back up your device using iCloud. You don’t need to plug your device into a computer to back up with iCloud.

iCloud backups include nearly all data and settings stored on your device. iCloud backups don’t include:

  • Data that’s already stored in iCloud, like Contacts, Calendars, Notes, iCloud Photos, iMessages, Voice Memos, text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages, and Health data
  • Data stored in other cloud services, like Gmail and Exchange mail
  • Apple Mail data
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Face ID or Touch ID settings
  • iCloud Music Library and App Store content (If it’s still available in the iTunes, App, or Apple Books store, you can tap to re-download your already purchased content.)

When you use Messages in iCloud, Health data on iOS 12, or Voice Memos, your content is automatically stored in iCloud. If you turn on iCloud Photos, your content is also automatically stored in iCloud.

Backups from your computer

A computer backup of your device, which is not the same as a sync, includes almost all of your device’s data and settings. A backup from a computer doesn’t include:

  • Content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to Apple Books
  • Content synced from Finder or iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos
  • Data already stored in iCloud, like iCloud Photos, iMessages, and text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages
  • Face ID or Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Apple Mail data
  • Activity, Health, and Keychain data (to back up this content, you’ll need to use Encrypted Backup in iTunes.)

Can I use my device’s backup for another kind of device, like an iPhone backup for an iPad?

You can restore a device from a backup of another kind of device, like using an iPad backup for an iPhone, but certain types of content won’t transfer. This content includes photos, Messages and attachments in Messages, Voice Memos, and apps that aren’t compatible with the device that you’re setting up. For example, apps compatible only with iPad won’t transfer to your iPhone.

If your devices use iCloud and Messages in iCloud, your iMessages and text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages are automatically stored in iCloud.

Learn what to do if you need help backing up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iCloud Backup.

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  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap iCloud. The amount of iCloud storage that you’ve used is listed at the top. Learn more.
  3. Tap Manage Storage.
  4. Tap Backups, then tap the device you’re using. Next Backup Size is listed under Last Backup and Backup Size.

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  1. Check that you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
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  3. Try to back up on another Wi-Fi network.
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  3. Leave your device connected to power and Wi-Fi for 24 hours. If your backup still isn’t done, archive important data then contact Apple Support.

If the iCloud Backup option is greyed out

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It will backup up to iCloud manually. It will backup to my iMac manually. There is plenty of storage space available in iCloud. It’s plugged in every night and it’s connected to my network.

So . why won’t it backup automatically? Any suggestions on how I can resolve the issue?

Posted on Jul 18, 2021 6:57 AM

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The third requirement is that the screen has to be locked, IOW, the phone must be asleep. Is the phone going to sleep or do you put it to sleep when you plug it in to charge?

Jul 18, 2021 7:00 AM

That’s a good question. It’s a hard one to confirm because I’m asleep while the iPhone is charging at night. 😉

I do have Auto-Lock set to two minutes. I can confirm the the iPhone does lock itself during the day while it’s just sitting around longing for my attention. I use Face ID and the iPhone unlocks itself when I look at it. It also unlocks itself in the morning when I unplug it, give it a wink, and begin my day.

Jul 18, 2021 7:45 AM

That’s a good question. It’s a hard one to confirm because I’m asleep while the iPhone is charging at night. 😉

It may seem like a silly question, but I try to rule everything out. I have seen a couple of people that had no clue about letting their devices go to sleep or that had no idea what I meant by locking the screen.

This may not be the most convenient thing to do but have you tried using another WIFi network? Have you tried rebooting your router? These may seem like silly questions as well, but they are just more things to rule out.

Jul 18, 2021 8:54 AM

All good questions, thanks for asking and thank you for your responses. I haven’t tried another network but will see what happens when I return to my place of work this week. I’ll plug the iPhone in while there (I usually don’t) and perhaps that may work.

I reboot my cable modem and the separate router (AirPort Extreme) at least twice a month. The last time I did so was about a week ago.

There are four other iOS devices in our household that belong to family members, (we have an Apple One Premier subscription), two iPads, an iPod and another iPhone 11. They all backup to iCloud every night automatically just fine.

It was about a six weeks ago that I first noticed the issue. I plugged the iPhone into my iMac to manually add some photographs to Photos and thought I’d do a backup to the iMac while connected to it. It was then that I saw a notice in the Finder window that displayed the last time the iPhone had been backed up to iCloud. It was, as I recall, sometime in March 2021. I thought that was strange so I went ahead and did an iCloud backup manually. I left it alone again until this morning when I performed the same scenario I just described and saw that automatic backups were still not happening.

One thing that hasn’t happen. I’ve not received a warning notice on my iPhone about not backing up to iCloud. I’ve seen such notices in the past on older models of iPhones I’ve owned.

My windows PC crashed and I need access to my photos from iCloud. I installed the iCloud control panel but it only shows my photo stream which is roughly 30 days of photos.

I need to restore ALL of my photos from an iCloud backup to my windows PC.

Is this possible?

No icloud isn’t backing them all up how to manage photos on your iphone or ipad

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iLoot (free) can help you for iCloud restoring! no device needed! just tried it, worked fine and restored everything.

No icloud isn’t backing them all up how to manage photos on your iphone or ipad

If the photos are still on your phone, the simplest way would be to wire it up & import to Windows Essentials Photo Gallery, or push them via Dropbox etc.

As far as I’m aware, iCloud only stores the last 30 days or 1000 photos. It doesn’t keep them all long-term.

Are the photos you take with your iPhone or iPad backed up in case you lose your device? If you’re just relying on iCloud to manage your important memories, your photos may not be backed up at all.

Apple’s iCloud has a photo-syncing feature in the form of “Photo Stream,” but Photo Stream doesn’t actually perform any long-term backups of your photos.

iCloud’s Photo Backup Limitations Assuming you’ve set up iCloud on your iPhone or iPad, your device is using a feature called “Photo Stream” to automatically upload the photos you take to your iCloud storage and sync them across your devices. Unfortunately, there are some big limitations here.

1000 Photos: Photo Stream only backs up the latest 1000 photos. Do you have 1500 photos in your Camera Roll folder on your phone? If so, only the latest 1000 photos are stored in your iCloud account online. If you don’t have those photos backed up elsewhere, you’ll lose them when you lose your phone. If you have 1000 photos and take one more, the oldest photo will be removed from your iCloud Photo Stream.

30 Days: Apple also states that photos in your Photo Stream will be automatically deleted after 30 days “to give your devices plenty of time to connect and download them.” Some people report photos aren’t deleted after 30 days, but it’s clear you shouldn’t rely on iCloud for more than 30 days of storage.

iCloud Storage Limits: Apple only gives you 5 GB of iCloud storage space for free, and this is shared between backups, documents, and all other iCloud data. This 5 GB can fill up pretty quickly. If your iCloud storage is full and you haven’t purchased any more storage more from Apple, your photos aren’t being backed up.

Videos Aren’t Included: Photo Stream doesn’t include videos, so any videos you take aren’t automatically backed up.

It’s clear that iCloud’s Photo Stream isn’t designed as a long-term way to store your photos, just a convenient way to access recent photos on all your devices before you back them up for real.