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If you are trying to understand how to get pictures from iCloud to your iPhone, you probably noticed that when it comes to iCloud is not that easy. Thankfully, there’s are 3 working solutions to download photos from iCloud to your iPhone you can choose from:

The following methods work both for iPhones and iPads. Let’s start transferring photos from iCloud to iPhone!

How to download photos from iCloud to iPhone

The following method is very direct – you download photos from iCloud to a computer and add them to your iPhone. In addition, you can conveniently manage the photos you want to transfer to your iPhone.
The best thing is that this method doesn’t require overwriting your data – you just add photos to your phone. Period.

  1. First, let’s download photos from iCloud to a computer. For that, please install CopyTrans Cloudly:

    Download CopyTrans Cloudly

  2. Run CopyTrans Cloudly. You will see a login screen. Enter your Apple ID and password.

    NOTE: We use secure SSL-connection and do not store your account data, unless you want us to save it for faster log in.
    Enter Apple ID and password

  3. If you have two-factor authentication enabled, make sure to allow the connection on your device:
    Apple ID sign in requested

  4. Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. To download all photos from iCloud, click Download and select the folder where you want to download your library to:
    Click download

  5. Voila! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos from iCloud are downloaded.
    Download in progress

  6. We are ready to download these iCloud photos to iPhone! For an easy transfer, please use CopyTrans Photo:

    Download CopyTrans Photo

  7. Start CopyTrans Photo and connect your device. iPhone photos are displayed on the left while the PC photos appear on the right.iPhone photos and PC photos

  8. From the far right pane, select a PC folder where you have saved your iCloud photos. Then select the exact photos you wish to transfer to the iPhone.
    TIP: To select multiple photos, press and hold the CTRL key and click on the individual photos. To select all iCloud photos, press CTRL + A.Select the photo album where you want to transfer iPhone photos

  9. Next, choose the iPhone album on the left to add photos from computer.

    Due to Apple limitations, you cannot add photos to the albums that were created on the iPhone. Please, create a new album to download iCloud photos to iPhone.

    Click on the green icon at the top left corner to create a new album

  10. To put the pictures from computer to iPhone, just drag and drop the selection anywhere within the iPhone photo pane – basically from right to left.Select the album and drag and drop photos you want to recover

  11. Finally, click on the “Apply changes” button to confirm transferring iCloud photos to iPhone.Click Apply changes to finish recovering photos from a stolen iPhone

And that’s it! You have successfully moved photos from iCloud to iPhone in a matter of minutes!

Restore photos from iCloud to iPhone

This method applies only if you have a recent iCloud backup. One big disadvantage is that you won’t be able to restore iCloud photos only, but erase and restore your whole iPhone. If you are fine with that, please follow the instructions below:

  1. First of all, let’s make sure that you have a valid iCloud backup. Open “Settings” on your iPhone and tap on your name -> iCloud -> Manage Storage -> Backups.
    Your backups

  2. To restore photos to iPhone from iCloud backup go back to the “Settings” and choose “General”. Scroll down and find the “Reset” tab.Tap on "Reset"

  3. Here you need to choose “Erase All Content and Settings”, then “Erase now”.
    TIP: If you are not comfortable with erasing your data, try a direct method.

    Select "Erase All Content and Settings" Select "Erase now"
  4. After the reset, your iPhone will reboot and take you through the setup steps. At the step when you get the option to restore your device from an old backup, choose the backup with your iCloud photos.Setting up

Get photos from iCloud on iPhone

One of the most obvious ways of getting iCloud photos to iPhone is actually hidden in the iPhone Settings. The major drawback of this method is that you have no control over the downloading process and have no estimate when it will be finished. If you don’t mind a few days wait, check the Apple guide or follow the instruction below:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings. Tap on your name -> iCloud. Tap on "iCloud"
  2. Select Photos and then iCloud photos (or iCloud Photo Library for older iOS versions).
    Make sure that you have selected the “Download and Keep Originals” option.
    Select Download and Keep Originals
  3. Now, all you have to do is wait until the iCloud photos are downloaded to the iPhone. Make sure that you have a strong Wi-Fi connection. It’s even better to keep it working overnight.

Hope you’ve managed to successfully download photos from iCloud to iPhone with one of these solutions. Let me know which one worked for you on the comments!

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