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iPhone users have many ways of transferring photos from their devices to a Windows computer. Besides using the common methods such as AutoPlay, Windows File Explorer, and Windows Photos App, users can take advantage of iCloud, Apple’s cloud-storage service to transfer photos from iPhone to PC iCloud. It is a fairly simple and straight-forward process that can be undertaken even by people who are not tech savvy. If you are one such person, you are in the right place: this article explains how to transfer photos from transfer photos from iPhone to PC with iCloud.

Way 1: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using iCloud Photo Library

iCloud is Apple’s cloud-based storage solution that allows users to backup photos, documents contacts, and videos among other data types. Beyond that, it is a cloud computing service through which both Mac and PC users can create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. To download iPhone photos from iCloud to PC, backup the photos on iCloud on your iPhone then download them on your PC as explained in the procedure below.

Step 1: On your iPhone, enable iCloud Photo Library by navigating to Settings > Photos > then toggle on the iCloud Photo Library button. (This automatically backs up your photos to your iCloud account.)

Step 2: On your Windows PC, open any browser of your choice and visit icloud.com.

Step 3: Sign in to your iCloud account using the same Apple ID credentials you used to set up your iPhone.

Step 4: Click Photos from the list of file types displayed on the interface to view synced photos.

Step 5: Select the Photos you want to download then click the download button located in the top right corner of the interface. (Download either Unmodified Original or Most Compatible photo.)

(Note: Your photos will be saved in the Downloads folder.)

Way 2: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iCloud on PC Using iCloud Photos

Want to transfer photos from iPhone to computer using iCloud? Another way is by enabling both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream on your iPhone then downloading iCloud for Windows on your PC and enabling the two features during installation. iCloud Photo Library automatically backs up all your photos in iCloud while My Photo Stream shares all your photos to your iCloud devices via Wi-Fi after saving them on iCloud. To use this method, follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Enable both iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream on your iPhone by navigating to Settings > Photos > then toggle on the iCloud Photo Library and Upload to My Photo Stream buttons respectively.

Step 2: Download iCloud for Windows, install and run it by following the on-screen prompts.

Step 3: Enter your Apple ID Credentials and click Sign in.

Step 4: Click the Options button located next to Photos.

Step 5: Check the iCloud Photo Library and Upload to My Photo Stream options and click Done then Click Apply in the window that appears next.

Step 6: Click the Start button and select iCloud Photos.

Step 7: Click download photos and videos then check the checkbox next to all years and click Downloads.

Step 8: Your photos will start downloading and will be located under iCloud Photos in Downloads.

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Step 1: Download and install and run Tenorshare iCareFone on your Windows 10/8.1/8/7 run PC.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 3: Click the File Manager tab on the home page if it’s not selected by default then click Photos.

Step 4: Browse then select the photos you wish to transfer, click the Export button and select a file location to save the photos. (Tenorshare iCareFone automatically detects all photos and classifies each according to its respective folder. The default location for saving Export photos is the desktop.)

Conclusion

To transfer photos from iPhone to PC via iCloud can be done by using any of the methods shown above. Using Tenorshare iCareFone has a slew of advantages such as easily locate all photos in Camera Roll/ My Photo Stream and Photo Library/ Album; selective transfer of photos that are sorted according to folders and time, compress and backup photos without loss in quality; bulk transfer of photos with no limit to the number of photos you wish to export and import; transfer photos without iTunes and iCloud restrictions, high photo-transfer speeds, and transfer photos over a USB cable without using Wi-Fi. Try out Tenorshare iCareFone.

Updated on 2020-05-29 / Update for iOS File Transfer

By: Waseem Patwegar

Enabling iCloud Drive on iPhone allows you to access all your documents and files uploaded to iCloud from Mac and other devices. You will find below the steps to Enable & Use iCloud Drive on iPhone.

Enable & Use iCloud Drive on iPhone and iPad

By default, iPhone comes with 5 GB free iCloud storage space and provides access to all iCloud features like iCloud Photos, iCloud Backups, Find iPhone and iCloud Drive using your Apple ID.

All that is required to access any iCloud feature on iPhone is to simply enable or toggle ON the feature by going to iCloud Settings on your device.

Once iCloud Drive is enabled on iPhone, it simply works out of the box and no further configuration is required.

1. Enable iCloud Drive on iPhone

Follow the steps below to Enable iCloud Drive on iPhone or iPad.

1. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on your Apple ID .

2. On Apple ID screen, tap on iCloud

3. On the next screen, scroll down and enable iCloud Drive by moving the toggle to ON position.

Once iCloud Drive is enabled on your device, all the Apps that support iCloud Drive will provide you with the option to open and save Files to iCloud Drive.

2. How to Access iCloud Drive Files on iPhone

You can access iCloud Drive Files on iPhone by using the Files App located on the Home Screen.

1. Open the Files App on your iPhone.

2. On the next screen, tap on iCloud Drive tab under ‘Locations’ section.

3. On iCloud Drive screen, you will find all your Files and Folders located on iCloud Drive.

To open a Folder on iCloud Drive, tap on it and you will be able to see all the Files located within that Folder.

3. Delete iCloud Drive Files from iPhone

At any time, you can delete any File or Folder located on iCloud Drive, right from your iPhone.

1. Open the Folder containing Files that you want to delete by tapping on it.

2. Once you are in the Folder, tap on the Select option.

3. Select the Files that you want to delete by tapping on them and tap on the Trash Can icon.

The selected Files will be immediately removed from iCloud Drive.

4. Share iCloud Drive Files with Others

You can Share Files located in your iCloud Drive Account with others and allow them to only View your iCloud Drive Files or allow them to both View and Edit the Shared File.

1. Open the Folder containing File that you want to Share with others.

2. Once you are in the Folder, tap on the Select option located at the top-right corner.

3. Select Files that you want to Share by tapping on them and tap on the Share icon .

4. From the menu that appears, tap on Add people option.

5. On the next screen, you will find the options to configure Share options , Copy Link and Use iMessages or other Apps to invite people to your File located on iCloud Drive.

Tapping on Share Options allows you to configure whether others can only View or both View and Edit your Shared iCloud Drive File.

5. Edit iCloud Drive Files on iPhone

If you are used to Google Drive, you will be disappointed with editing capabilities and other options on iCloud Drive.

You won’t find the option to Edit Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentation files on iCloud Drive, that you can readily find on Google Drive.

iCloud Drive basically performs the task of a simple cloud storage service that allows you to upload, download and access all your files from any device.

6. Upgrade iCloud Drive Storage

The limited 5 GB storage as available in your Free iCloud Account is only good enough for iPhone Backups to iCloud.

To make the best use of iCloud Drive, you can buy additional iCloud Storage at very affordable rates from Apple.

1. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on your Apple ID.

2. On Apple ID screen, tap on iCloud

3. On iCloud screen, tap on Manage Storage option.

4. Next, tap on Change Storage Plan .

5. On the next screen, select the storage plan that suits your needs and tap on the Buy option.

Once you complete the purchase, you will immediately see the total storage space in your iCloud Account changing to reflect the total storage space allowed by your new plan.

One of the best things about Apple’s ecosystem is that it allows you to easily transfer photos from an iPhone to a Mac. But you should know that the fully automatic transfer and backup is only available via iCloud.

That said, you can do it using certain native apps but the option isn’t automatic. Be that as it may, this write-up focuses on auto transfers, with the addition of two manual methods. Keep reading to find out more.

iCloud Storage

The only truly automatic transfer and backup method is with the iCloud storage. By default, your iPhone is set to move all new photos and videos to iCloud. The best thing about this option is that all the edits and changes you make on the photos also get synced to the Cloud.

However, you only get 5GB of free storage, which gets used up quickly. Unless you purchase more storage, you’ll need to manually download the photos from iCloud to your Mac.

Important Notes

First, you need to make sure that both your Mac and iPhone are running the latest software update. Then, iCloud needs to be set up on all your devices and you have to sign in with the same Apple ID. Of course, a Wi-Fi connection is a must but you don’t need to be connected to the same network for the trick to work.

Setting Up iCloud Photos

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone, tap your name, then choose iCloud.

Tap on the button next to iCloud Photos to toggle the option on. You can also toggle on the “Upload to My Photo Stream” option because it automatically collects and stores photos from other connected Apple devices.

Now, move to your Mac, launch System Preferences, and select iCloud. You need to click or tap the Options button (it’s located next to Photos) and choose iCloud Photos.

Things to Know

If you toggle on iCloud Photos after you’ve synced the images via iTunes, the “Photos and Videos Synced from iTunes will be Removed” message appears. There’s no need to panic because the photos that have been backed up on the computer stay there. They’re only removed from your iPhone.

Turning on iCloud Photos on a Mac gives you access to the removed images. To be exact, the action automatically uploads the images to iCloud so you can access them on any of your iOS devices. Of course, you need to log in with the same Apple ID.

Manual Methods

For manual transfer methods, you’ll need a USB Type-C cable and the following ones take advantage of the native macOS apps.

The Photos App

This is probably the easiest and quickest method to transfer photos. Here are the necessary steps:

Step 1

Grab the USB cable and connect your Mac to your iPhone. The Photos app should automatically launch when you connect the two devices. If it doesn’t open the app via the Dock or Launchpad.

Note: Your iPhone needs to be unlocked for the transfer to work and you might be prompted to allow access to the device. There’s a pop-up window that asks you to “Trust This Computer”. Tap or click Trust and you’re good to go.

Step 2

Once the connection is established, you should be able to see your iPhone under Devices in the Photos menu on the left. Click on your phone and the images and videos from your Camera Roll should immediately appear.

Step 3

To upload all images, select “Import All New Photos”. Of course, you can bulk select different images and upload only them. There’s also an option to auto-delete the photos from your iPhone once you transfer them to your Mac.

Tip: As mentioned, Photos should open automatically when you connect the two devices. You can disable this option from the Photos app, just uncheck the option labeled “Open Photos for This Device”.

The Image Capture App

The Image Capture app is among the oldest on macOS. Originally, it was designed to transfer images from third-party devices way before the first iPhone. Nevertheless, it’s still a great option to back up and organize your iPhone photos on a Mac. Here’s how to use it.

Step 1

Plug in your iPhone and launch Image Capture. Again, your iPhone appears under Devices and there’s a list of all photos.

A great thing about using Image Capture is that the app provides detailed information about each image.

Step 2

To transfer the images, select the destination folder next to “Import to” and select the images you’d like to move. There’s also an option to “Import All” and you can increase or decrease the thumbnail preview by moving the slider under the import button.

Save the Family Album

As you can see, it’s simple to auto-transfer and back up images from your iPhone to your Mac. The manual methods are quite handy as well and there are some third-party apps that offer automatic image transfers.

Which of the methods do you find most useful? Do you store any other files on your iCloud account? Tell us more in the comments section below.

Matt Klein has nearly two decades of technical writing experience. He’s covered Windows, Android, macOS, Microsoft Office, and everything in between. He’s even written a book, The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8. Read more.

Photos is Apples universal answer to photo sharing across all its devices. Whether you’re using an iPhone or iPad, or you have your trusty Mac, if you have your photos stored on one device they should be available on the rest.

Photos, however, is a relatively new app meant to replace the venerable iPhoto and as we said, create a universal app that syncs with iCloud and then displays any photos on whatever device you’re using. In theory, it works fairly flawlessly, and for the most part, you should have no problems.

That said, in order for photo sync to work correctly, it’s important to make sure you have your settings configured correctly on your devices. Today, we want to discuss how to make sure everything works properly so what you’re seeing on your Mac is what you see on your iPhone, and vice versa.

We’ve discussed how to disable Photos’ sync settings on OS X in a past article so if you want the full low-down, we recommend you read it. Today we want to focus solely on the only settings that matter.

On Your Mac

The first thing you must make sure of is that whether you’re using a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, that you’re signed into the same iCloud account. Don’t skip this step.

The usual way you will probably want to check to make sure your iCloud sync settings are correct is to open Photos’ preferences and verify that “iCloud Photo Library” is checked.

Alternatively, open the iCloud system preferences, then click on the Photos “Options…” button.

From the resulting options, make sure “iCloud Photo Library” is checked.

Note, there are other settings you can check for “My Photo Stream” and “iCloud Photo Sharing” but the first option is the key item you want to make sure is enabled if you want to automatically sync all your photos across all your devices.

On Your iOS Device

If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, the settings are no different so if you’re having issues with syncing, you want to immediately check them. First, open the Settings on your iOS device and then tap open “Photos & Camera”.

Now, you will see that the same three options you saw on your Mac are here as well. In the following example, you will see that “iCloud Photo Library” is not enabled. This means that even though we see all our photos uploaded from our Mac on our iPad, we won’t see any photos on our iPad on our Mac.

Therefore, make sure “iCloud Photo Library” is enabled so when you take a picture on your iPhone or iPad it is not only automatically uploaded to iCloud, but it is then available on any other devices hooked into that iCloud account.

Photo sharing is a great way to make sure that no matter what device you’re using, you always have access to all your precious memories. It means that if you’re showing someone pictures on your iPhone, you don’t have to stop and grab your laptop to show them anything stored on it.

That said, you still need to make sure that your devices are connected to the same iCloud account, and all your settings are correctly enabled.

If you have any questions or comments you would like to contribute to this article, please leave your feedback in our discussion forum.

Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 or iPad in iOS 11

With the help of iCloud, you can upload your iPhone photos to iCloud Photo Library, which enables you to access and view your iPhone photos on all your devices. It’s indeed a useful feature that serves to back up your iPhone or share content across your devices. That’s why so many users are looking for the way to transfer iPhone photos to iCloud. If that’s what you are thinking about, reading this article to get the detailed steps on how to save iPhone photos to iCloud is a good choice for you.

Part 1: How to sync iPhone photos to iCloud

Luckily, the steps to back up your iPhone photos to iCloud are not complex at all. However, to make sure you can upload iPhone photos to iCloud smoothly without problems like “iPhone not uploading to iCloud”, it’s necessary for you to:

  • Connect your iPhone to a stable and reliable Wi-Fi network.
  • Make sure your iPhone battery is charged.
  • Make sure there is enough iCloud storage available for you to copy all your iPhone photos to iCloud. (Get a full iCloud storage? Learn how to free up space on iCloud or buy more storage from Apple.)

Then follow the steps below to sync your iPhone photos to iCloud.

Step 1: Go to Settings App on your iPhone in iOS 11.

Step 2: Choose [your name] > iCloud > Photos.

Step 3: Toggle on iCloud Photo Library to start to upload your iPhone photos to iCloud.

Find iCloud backup slow? Learn the tips on how to make iCloud backup faster to save your time.

Part 2: How to back up/sync your iPhone photos without iCloud (FREE)

Want to back up your iPhone photos or sync photos across your iOS devices by using iCloud? Although you can make it with simple steps, uploading your iPhone photos to iCoud may not work as you expect. Thus it’s necessary for you to learn an alternative way to back up your iPhone photos or share photos between two iOS devices. The completely FREE tool that can help you with it is EaseUS MobiMover Free, the software for iOS data transfer and file management. With MobiMover installed on your PC running Windows 7 or later, you can back up iOS device (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) to PC, sync files from one iDevice to another or transfer data from PC to iPhone/iPad free of charge.

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

With MobiMover, you can not only sync your iPhone photos to PC all at once (as shown in the steps below) but also transfer photos from one iOS device to another easily without any cost. Don’t hesitate to have a try.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer (Mac or PC) with a USB cable and run EaseUS MobiMover. In MobiMover, choose “Phone to PC” to back up all your iPhone photos to the computer at once. Then, click the “Next” button to go on.

Step 2. Select the category/categories you’d like to back up. It’s an excellent choice to make a copy of all the supported file types on your iPhone using the data transfer feature. You can see from the screenshot below, MobiMover enables you to back up iPhone data on your desktop or customize the storage path by yourself.

Step 3. Now, click the “Transfer” button to start backing up your iPhone photos to computer without iCloud. The transmission is high-speed, and you don’t have to wait too long.

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Apple provides several Apps and features on the iOS devices to help users sync photos, especially those important to them. If you also want to sync photos from iPhone to Mac but don’t know how, please read the methods and steps introduced in the following content carefully.

There is a lot of MiniTool software that is available for photo backup, photo recovery, and disk management.

What does sync mean?

The word sync is shot for synchronize, which means to back up your data in another location. In this way, you are able to access the files easily and not afraid of sudden data loss.

The question is how to sync photos from iPhone to Mac. In fact, it’s easy to sync photos from iPhone (iPad or other iOS devices) to Mac since there are some built-in apps and features provided by Apple. This post focuses on demonstrating these methods to you.

How to access files on iPhone? You may use the Files app.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac

Photos can be very useful so many people want to sync them from iPhone or other iOS device to Mac. I advise you to sync photos from iPhone to Mac at fixed periods (pictures can also be synced together with photos).

If you want to capture your screen on Mac but don’t know how to take a screenshot on a Mac exactly, please read this post carefully.

Turn on iCloud Photos

The photos (and pictures saved in your iPhone album) will be synced automatically once you turned on the iCloud Photos. How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac? The answer is turning on iCloud Photos.

How to turn on iCloud Photos on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Click on your username (the first option under Settings).
  3. Select iCould.
  4. Select Photos.
  5. Toggle the switch of iCloud Photos to On.

How to turn on iCloud Photos on Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple logo icon at the top left.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Choose iCloud and then Options next to Photos.
  4. Turn on iCloud Photos.

You can also turn on the iCloud Photos option on your Apple TV or Windows PC.

How to recover files if you have deleted them on Mac by mistake?

Believe it or not, we can make it easy to recover deleted data on Mac even if you are totally a novice.

Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac Using Finder

How to sync iPhone photos to Mac:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac via a USB or USB-C cable. (You can also connect through Wi-Fi connection as long as you know how to turn on Wi-Fi syncing.)
  2. Open Finder on your Mac.
  3. Look for your iPhone in the Finder sidebar and select it.
  4. Select Photos from the menu bar. (Please make sure the iCloud Photos is turned off.)
  5. Check the Sync photos to your device from option.
  6. Choose Photos, Pictures, or a folder from the drop-down menu.
  7. Specify the photos to sync under guidance.
  8. Modify the syncing options according to needs; you can select Include videos, Only favorites, or Automatically include photos from a period.
  9. Click Apply to confirm your selection and wait for the syncing process to end.

You can turn off the Finder syncing (stop syncing some albums or stop syncing all photos) any time you want.

Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos App

Follow these steps to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac:

  1. Connect your iPhone to Mac.
  2. Unlock the iPhone and click Trust on iPhone.
  3. Launch Photos app.
  4. Shift to Import tab.
  5. Select the photos you want sync/transfer.
  6. Click Import Selected. (You can also click Import All New Photos to sync all new photos from iPhone to Mac.)

Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly Using AirDrop

  1. Open Mac -> navigate to Finder -> select Go -> choose AirDrop -> turn on Bluetooth and WiFi.
  2. Swipe down from the top of your iPhone screen -> tap & hold on the blank place in the area containing Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, WLAN, and Bluetooth -> click on the AirDrop icon -> select Contacts Only or Everyone.
  3. Open Photos app on iPhone -> select the photos you want to sync on iPhone -> click on the share icon at the bottom left -> select AirDrop -> click the name of your Mac.
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Sarah has been working as an editor at MiniTool since she graduated from university. Sarah aims at helping users with their computer problems such as disk errors and data loss. She feels a sense of accomplishment to see that users get their issues fixed relying on her articles. Besides, she likes to make friends and listen to music after work.

Apple provides several Apps and features on the iOS devices to help users sync photos, especially those important to them. If you also want to sync photos from iPhone to Mac but don’t know how, please read the methods and steps introduced in the following content carefully.

There is a lot of MiniTool software that is available for photo backup, photo recovery, and disk management.

What does sync mean?

The word sync is shot for synchronize, which means to back up your data in another location. In this way, you are able to access the files easily and not afraid of sudden data loss.

The question is how to sync photos from iPhone to Mac. In fact, it’s easy to sync photos from iPhone (iPad or other iOS devices) to Mac since there are some built-in apps and features provided by Apple. This post focuses on demonstrating these methods to you.

How to access files on iPhone? You may use the Files app.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac

Photos can be very useful so many people want to sync them from iPhone or other iOS device to Mac. I advise you to sync photos from iPhone to Mac at fixed periods (pictures can also be synced together with photos).

If you want to capture your screen on Mac but don’t know how to take a screenshot on a Mac exactly, please read this post carefully.

Turn on iCloud Photos

The photos (and pictures saved in your iPhone album) will be synced automatically once you turned on the iCloud Photos. How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac? The answer is turning on iCloud Photos.

How to turn on iCloud Photos on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Click on your username (the first option under Settings).
  3. Select iCould.
  4. Select Photos.
  5. Toggle the switch of iCloud Photos to On.

How to turn on iCloud Photos on Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple logo icon at the top left.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Choose iCloud and then Options next to Photos.
  4. Turn on iCloud Photos.

You can also turn on the iCloud Photos option on your Apple TV or Windows PC.

How to recover files if you have deleted them on Mac by mistake?

Believe it or not, we can make it easy to recover deleted data on Mac even if you are totally a novice.

Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac Using Finder

How to sync iPhone photos to Mac:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac via a USB or USB-C cable. (You can also connect through Wi-Fi connection as long as you know how to turn on Wi-Fi syncing.)
  2. Open Finder on your Mac.
  3. Look for your iPhone in the Finder sidebar and select it.
  4. Select Photos from the menu bar. (Please make sure the iCloud Photos is turned off.)
  5. Check the Sync photos to your device from option.
  6. Choose Photos, Pictures, or a folder from the drop-down menu.
  7. Specify the photos to sync under guidance.
  8. Modify the syncing options according to needs; you can select Include videos, Only favorites, or Automatically include photos from a period.
  9. Click Apply to confirm your selection and wait for the syncing process to end.

You can turn off the Finder syncing (stop syncing some albums or stop syncing all photos) any time you want.

Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos App

Follow these steps to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac:

  1. Connect your iPhone to Mac.
  2. Unlock the iPhone and click Trust on iPhone.
  3. Launch Photos app.
  4. Shift to Import tab.
  5. Select the photos you want sync/transfer.
  6. Click Import Selected. (You can also click Import All New Photos to sync all new photos from iPhone to Mac.)

Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly Using AirDrop

  1. Open Mac -> navigate to Finder -> select Go -> choose AirDrop -> turn on Bluetooth and WiFi.
  2. Swipe down from the top of your iPhone screen -> tap & hold on the blank place in the area containing Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, WLAN, and Bluetooth -> click on the AirDrop icon -> select Contacts Only or Everyone.
  3. Open Photos app on iPhone -> select the photos you want to sync on iPhone -> click on the share icon at the bottom left -> select AirDrop -> click the name of your Mac.
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Sarah has been working as an editor at MiniTool since she graduated from university. Sarah aims at helping users with their computer problems such as disk errors and data loss. She feels a sense of accomplishment to see that users get their issues fixed relying on her articles. Besides, she likes to make friends and listen to music after work.

Функцию «Фото iCloud» можно использовать на устройствах iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, компьютере Mac, компьютере с Windows и на сайте iCloud.com. Общая информация о возможностях функции «Фото iCloud» приведена здесь: Поддержка актуальности фотографий и видеозаписей с помощью функции «Фото iCloud».

Примечание. Убедитесь, что Вы вошли в систему на всех устройствах с помощью одного Apple ID. Если на некоторых устройствах не выполнен вход с помощью Apple ID или отключена функция «Фото iCloud», на этих устройствах нельзя будет получить доступ к фотографиям и видеозаписям.

Настройка функции «Фото iCloud» на iPhone, iPad или iPod touch

На iPhone, iPad или iPod touch перейдите в меню «Настройки» > [Ваше имя] > iCloud > «Фото».

Включите Фото iCloud.

Все фотографии и видеозаписи в приложении «Фото» на Вашем устройстве помещаются в iCloud. Кроме того, теперь на Вашем устройстве доступны все фотографии и видеозаписи, уже сохраненные с помощью функции «Фото iCloud».

Для просмотра фотографий и видеозаписей, сохраненных с помощью функции «Фото iCloud», откройте приложение «Фото» и нажмите «Медиатека». Все фотографии и видеозаписи, которые Вы видите, сохранены с помощью функции «Фото iCloud».

Подробнее о том, как использовать «Фото iCloud» и оптимизировать хранилище фотографий на устройствах iPhone, iPad или iPod touch, см. в следующих материалах.

Настройка функции «Фото iCloud» на компьютере Mac

На компьютере Mac откройте меню Apple > «Системные настройки», выберите Apple ID, затем нажмите iCloud.

Выберите «Фото», затем, если потребуется, введите пароль учетной записи пользователя Mac.

Нажмите кнопку «Параметры», затем выберите «Фото iCloud».

Если Вы не видите кнопку «Параметры», откройте приложение «Фото», чтобы включить функцию «Фото iCloud». Выберите «Фото» > «Настройки», затем нажмите iCloud.

Фотографии и видеозаписи в приложении «Фото» на Вашем компьютере Mac помещаются в iCloud. Кроме того, теперь на Вашем компьютере Mac доступны для просмотра все фотографии и видеозаписи, уже сохраненные с помощью функции «Фото iCloud».

Примечание. На Вашем компьютере Mac может быть несколько медиатек, но функция «Фото iCloud» синхронизирует фотографии и видеозаписи только из Системной медиатеки.

Для просмотра фотографий и видеозаписей, сохраненных с помощью функции «Фото iCloud», откройте приложение «Фото» и нажмите «Фото» на боковой панели. Все фотографии и видеозаписи, которые Вы видите, сохранены с помощью функции «Фото iCloud».

Для получения дополнительных сведений о том, как использовать функцию «Фото iCloud» на компьютере Mac, см. раздел Использование Фото iCloud для хранения фотографий в iCloud Руководства пользователя приложения «Фото» для компьютера Mac.

Настройка функции «Фото iCloud» на Apple TV

На Apple TV откройте приложение «Настройки».

Выберите «Пользователи», «Учетные записи», затем выберите учетную запись.

Выберите iCloud и включите функцию «Фото iCloud».

Примечание. Выбрать «Фото iCloud» одновременно с Мой фотопоток на Apple TV нельзя.

Для просмотра фотографий и видеозаписей, сохраненных с помощью функции «Фото iCloud», откройте приложение «Фото» и перейдите в категорию «Фото» в строке меню. Все фотографии и видеозаписи, которые Вы видите, сохранены с помощью функции «Фото iCloud».

Для получения дополнительных сведений о том, как использовать функцию «Фото iCloud» на устройстве Apple TV, см. раздел Просмотр Фото iCloud на Apple TV Руководства пользователя Apple TV.

Настройка функции «Фото iCloud» на компьютере с Windows

Загрузите приложение iCloud для Windows, если у Вас его еще нет. См. статью Службы поддержки Apple Загрузка приложения iCloud для Windows.

Выберите «Фото iCloud» (или «Медиатеку iCloud»).

Если предложение включить функции не появляется, нажмите кнопку «Параметры» рядом с «Фото».

Нажмите «Готово», затем нажмите «Применить».

Для просмотра фотографий и видеозаписей, сохраненных с помощью функции «Фото iCloud», откройте «Проводник» (Windows 8 или новее) или «Проводник Windows» (Windows 7) и нажмите «Фото iCloud» на панели навигации.

Если «Фото iCloud» нет, нажмите «Изображения» на панели навигации, затем дважды нажмите «Фото iCloud».

Для получения дополнительных сведений о том, как использовать функцию «Фото iCloud» на компьютере с Windows, см. разделы Загрузка и просмотр Фото iCloud на компьютере с Windows и Загрузка фото и видео в iCloud для Windows Руководства пользователя iCloud для Windows.

Использование «Фото» на сайте iCloud.com

К фотографиям и видеозаписям iCloud можно получить доступ в браузере на телефоне, планшете или компьютере.

Перейдите на страницу icloud.com/photos и выполните вход с помощью Apple ID.

Подробнее об использовании функции «Фото iCloud» на сайте iCloud.com см. в следующих материалах.

Примечание. Существуют еще две функции iCloud, которые можно включить для работы с приложением «Фото»: «Общие альбомы» и Мой фотопоток.

We’re all eager photographers these days with a camera on our smartphone just a click away. So it’s easy to build up a collection of thousands of photos, many of which will contain treasured memories. This is why you need to back it all up to cloud storage, and for an Apple device, that cloud storage solution is naturally iCloud. Here’s how to upload photos to iCloud so you can have them on all your devices.

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To upload images to iCloud, go to your Photos settings on your Apple device, go to the iCloud section, and switch the sync function on. You will also need to decide if you want optimized versions kept on your device or the full versions.

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How to upload images to iCloud from an iPhone or iPad

To ensure your photos are uploaded to iCloud, first make sure you’re logged into iCloud, and you have enough space. Then go to Settings–>Photos.

Toggle iCloud Photos to green, switching it on.

Two new options will now appear. Optimize iPhone Storage will leave lower quality copies of your images on your phone, and upload the full-size originals to iCloud. This is the best choice if you don’t have a lot of space on your phone. On the other hand, Download and Keep Originals will keep the originals on your phone and in iCloud. You should only do this if you have the space on your device.

After making your selections, your photos will begin uploading to iCloud and sync across your other devices.

How to upload images to iCloud from a Mac

On a Mac computer, open the Photos app and go to Photos–>Preferences.

In the iCloud tab, tick iCloud Photos to begin the uploading and syncing process. Also, choose whether you want full-sized versions of everything on your Mac, or smaller optimized versions.

Those of us who work on more than one device, like a Mac and an iPad, often find a file we need is on one, but not the other. To make matters worse, storage space on Macs is becoming more and more scarce. Using iCloud Drive, you can keep your Desktop and Documents folders stored remotely. This helps you save space, but it also means you can easily get to those files from your other devices. Here’s how to make sure iCloud Drive is syncing your Desktop and Documents folders.

Make Sure Your iCloud Storage Has Space

When you first set up your Mac, you might have already configured Desktop & Documents Folders to sync to iCloud Drive. However, if you didn’t do that, it’s easy to switch it on. You will, however, want to make sure you have enough iCloud storage to accommodate it all.

The default, free iCloud storage option only allows you 5GB of space. Since this is also used for your Photos, Mail, Messages, and iPhone and iPad backups, it can fill up fast. That’s why Apple offers a number of paid upgrades, which also provide you with other features.

The base iCloud+ option with 50GB of storage may be enough for you. In the U.S., this will cost just $0.99 per month. Other options include a 200GB plan ($2.99/month) and a gigantic 2TB offering ($9.99/month). These plans also come bundled with Apple One subscriptions.

Turning On Desktop and Documents Folder Syncing in iCloud Drive

Now that you’ve made sure you’ll have space for all of your documents and desktop files, it’s time to turn on syncing. To do so, launch System Preferences and click Apple ID. Beside iCloud Drive, click Options.

Finally, make sure there’s a checkmark beside Desktop & Documents Folders. That’s all there is to it. It may take a while for your Mac to upload all of your files to iCloud, but soon you’ll be able to get to them all from any iOS, iPadOS or macOS device connected to that same iCloud ID.

Accessing Your Mac’s Desktop and Documents Folders On iPhone and iPad

To get to these files from your iPhone or iPad, you need only launch the Files app/ Tap iCloud Drive, and you’ll see options for both your Desktop and Documents folders. Any file that has an associated iOS app is fair game to open and edit.

If you ever want to remove a file or folder from iCloud Drive, that’s easy, too. On your Mac, just drag the folder or file to a non-iCloud location, like Dropbox or a local folder on your Mac. If you wish to turn off syncing altogether, just deselect the checkmark back in System Preferences.

Updated: December 24, 2020

iCloud is Apple’s cloud storage service which allows you to sync your photos, videos and other media across your iOS and non-iOS devices.

Recently many users encounter the iCloud photos not syncing issue. If you happen to run into the same problem, don’t worry. It’s often quite easy to fix…

How to fix iCloud photos not syncing

Here are five fixes that have helped other users resolve the iCloud photos not syncing problem. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

Fix 1: Rule out the obvious

Sometimes iCloud may not be syncing photos because of an obvious and yet negligible detail instead of a glitch on iCloud itself or your devices.

So you should check out these details to see if any of them causes the problem:

Step 1: Check your Internet connection

Obviously you’ll need a stable Internet connection in order for iCloud to sync your photos. So you should check if your WiFi is working properly. To do so, simply open an app or a website to see if it’s operating without a problem.

    If you use mobile data to back up photos, you should make sure the toggle for cellular data is on.

Also, if you are running near your monthly data cap, you can enable Low Data Mode if you want to sync up your photos.
To enable Low Data Mode: In Settings, tap Cellular >Cellular Data Options, then turn on the Low Data Mode button.

Internet connection checked but iCloud is still not syncing your photos? Please move on to Step 2, below.

Step 2: Make sure to enable iCloud photos

It’s also possible that you have accidentally turned off the Photo option for iCloud. So you should check to make sure it’s enabled.

Here is how to do it: In Settings, tap your Apple ID profile > iCloud > Photos, then make sure you the My Photo Stream toggle is on.

If you have enabled My Photo Stream, but iCloud still fails to sync photos, please try Step 3, below.

Step 3: Check your iCloud storage

Next things you should check is whether you’ve run out of iCloud storage. If you’re a free user, you automatically get 5GB of free storage on setting up iCloud and if you have a paid subscription, check if your have reached the limit of space.

To check your iCloud storage: In Settings, tap your Apple ID profile > Manage Storage. Then you’ll see a proportion bar describing your current storage usage.
If you are running low on space and still want to upload more photos to iCloud, you can tap Upgrade to upgrade to a bigger data plan, such as 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB. Or, you can opt out of iCloud and go for an alternate storage service.

Step 4: Check your Apple ID

To ensure your photos are synced up across your devices, you should make sure that you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on these devices. For example, if you’re looking to back up your iPhone photos to iPad, Windows PC, Mac, any other platform or the other way around, you should sign into iCloud with the same Apple ID. To avoid possible glitch with your Apple ID, you should also sign out of iCloud first and then sign back in to see if it works properly this time.

Fix 2: Restart your devices

Restarting your devices is often a simple yet effective fix when it comes to troubleshooting. So you can try restarting your devices to see if it fixes the hiccup.

Still no joy? Please continue with Fix 3, below.

Fix 3: Check the server status of iCloud.com

Another possible cause of the iCloud not syncing photos issue is a server issue. To check if this is the case, you should go to Apple’s system status to see if the service is down. If the iCoud Backup server is currently down, there is little you can do but wait for the developer staff to sort it out.

Fix 4: Update iOS to the latest

If your iOS device is running on an older system version, it may cause the iCloud not syncing issue as well. So it’s recommended that you update your device to the latest version to see if it fixes the issue.

Fix 5: Switch to an alternate storage service

On the off chance that you have tried all the fixes above and iCloud still fails to sync your photos, consider using an alternate cloud storage service, such as Google Photos or Dropbox.

That’s it – five fixes to help you resolve the iCloud photos not syncing issue. Hopefully you can back up your photos without a hitch now. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please feel free to leave us a comment below. Thanks for reading.

Вы можете выбрать информацию, которая будет синхронизироваться между Mac и другим устройством. Можно синхронизировать все объекты определенного типа (например, все фильмы или фото). Либо можно синхронизировать конкретные объекты (например, определенные фильмы и определенные книги)

Контент, который Вы выбрали для синхронизации, будет обновляться при каждой синхронизации устройства с Mac.

Чтобы впервые настроить синхронизацию, нужно подключить устройство к Mac через кабель USB или USB-C. Когда устройство подключено, его значок появляется в боковом меню Finder, а при выборе значка отображаются варианты синхронизации. Вы можете выбрать объекты для синхронизации.

На iPhone (c iOS 5 или новее) или iPad также можно настроить беспроводную синхронизацию с Mac, когда устройство и Mac подключены к одной сети Wi-Fi. Синхронизация контента с Mac на iPhone или iPad по сети Wi-Fi.

Синхронизация всего контента определенного типа

Подключите устройство к компьютеру Mac.

Устройство можно подключить через кабель USB или USB-C либо через Wi-Fi. Синхронизация контента с Mac на iPhone или iPad по сети Wi-Fi.

В Finder на Mac выберите устройство в боковом меню Finder.

Если устройство подключено к Mac посредством USB‑кабеля, но оно не отображается в боковом меню Finder, см. раздел Если устройство не отображается в боковом меню.

В панели кнопок выберите тип контента, который хотите синхронизировать.

Примечание. Если Вы пользуетесь Фото iCloud и Apple Music, Ваши фото и музыка автоматически синхронизируются через iCloud. При нажатии варианта «Музыка» или «Фото» не отображаются варианты синхронизации.

Установите флажок «Синхронизировать [тип контента] на [имя устройства]», чтобы включить синхронизацию объектов соответствующего типа. Например, установите флажок «Синхронизировать фильмы на [имя устройства]», чтобы синхронизировать фильмы.

Когда установлен этот флажок, при синхронизации на устройство переносятся все объекты этого типа.

Повторите шаги 3 и 4 для каждого типа материалов, которые хотите синхронизировать.

Полоса внизу окна показывает, сколько свободного пространства останется на устройстве после синхронизации. Наведите указатель на эту полосу, чтобы просмотреть подробные сведения о синхронизируемом контенте.

Когда будете готовы, нажмите кнопку «Применить».

Можно настроить автоматическую синхронизацию Mac и устройства при каждом их подключении друг к другу. См. раздел Включение и выключение автоматической синхронизации.

ПРЕДУПРЕЖДЕНИЕ. При удалении автоматически синхронизированного объекта с Mac он будет удален и с устройства при следующей синхронизации.

О синхронизации отдельных объектов, а не всех объектов определенного типа см. в следующих разделах:

In this tutorial, we show you how to access photos and videos on iCloud via your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Furthermore, we also explain how to access iCloud Photos on any web browser and even select and download the pictures locally.

How to get photos from iCloud on iPhone or iPad

Here’s how you can ensure iCloud Photos is switched on. After that, you can access the pictures saved there.

  1. Connect your device to Wi-Fi.
  2. Open Settings and tap Photos.
  3. Enable iCloud Photos if it isn’t already.
  4. You may select Download and Keep Originals if you have sufficient free space on your iPhone. Otherwise, choose Optimize iPhone Storage.
  5. Open the Photos app and tap Recents. In a while, you should see all pictures from iCloud here.
  6. You may also tap See All to view your photo albums.

An important thing to note: Once you enable iCloud Photos, all existing and new pictures from the iPhone Photos app will upload to iCloud. This will quickly fill up your iCloud storage if you are on the free 5 GB tier. So, if you do not want that to happen but still wish to get some old photos from iCloud, use it in a browser.

How to see photos on iCloud on your Mac

Every Mac running OS X Yosemite (released in 2014) to the latest macOS Monterey has the Photos app that is similar to its counterpart on iPhone. Before 2014, Mac had iPhoto.

You can enable and access iCloud Photos inside the Mac’s Photos app. Once you do that, all your images and videos from your other Apple devices like iPhone and iPad will appear here and vice versa.

  1. Open Mac’s Photos app from the Launchpad or press Command + Space Bar and type Photos.
  2. Go to Photos app Preferences by pressing the Command + Comma (,) keys. Or, from the top Menu Bar, click Photos >Preferences.
  3. Click iCloud.
  4. Enable iCloud Photos.
  5. Depending on your internet speed and number of pictures, it may take a while for everything to appear in the Mac’s Photos app.

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How to access photos on iCloud via a web browser

You can also access your pictures saved on iCloud via a web browser on Mac, Windows PC, iPad, and iPhone. Here’s how.

  1. Visit iCloud.com and sign in using your Apple ID.
  2. Click iCloud Photos. Here you can view all your old and recent photos stored in iCloud.
  3. To download photos from iCloud:
    • Using a computer browser: Click Select. You may also press the Command key on Mac or Ctrl key on Windows to select specific photos. Finally, click the download icon. You can also click the tiny arrow to download Unmodified Originals or Most Compatible.
    • Using iPhone Safari: Tap Select. Now, tap to select the desired photos or tap Select All. Finally, tap the three dots icon and choose Download.
  4. If you select multiple photos, they will download as a ZIP file. Learn how to unzip ZIP files on iPhone and Mac.

If you would like to restore deleted photos, go to Recently Deleted on iCloud.com. If you act within 30 days, you can retrieve the deleted images and videos.

Now you know how to access photos on iCloud via various Apple devices and the web. You can also download iCloud for Windows to have all the iCloud Photos on your PC.

As mentioned, iCloud Photos will fill up the 5 GB free iCloud tier quickly. In this situation, you can either turn off this feature by following the same steps or buy iCloud+ which gives you 50 GB up to 2 TB of iCloud space.

What to do if you do not see iCloud Photos

  • iCloud Photos upload and download only when the iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi. However, if you have an unlimited or big cellular data plan, go to Settings >Photos >Cellular Data. From here, enable Cellular Data and Unlimited Updates. Now photos will sync even on mobile data.
  • iCloud Photos won’t update if your iPhone is in Low Data Mode. Plus, it is temporarily paused when the device is in Low Power Mode.
  • Make sure to use your correct Apple ID.
  • Still, if iCloud Photos does not work, ensure you have sufficient free iCloud space. You can check this in Settings >your namefrom the top >iCloud.
  • If some photos are missing after enabling iCloud Photos, look for them inside the Recently Deleted and Hidden folders.
  • Finally, if nothing works, consider restarting your device and updating it to the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or macOS as appropriate.

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