Hello, I have a new iPhone and I don’t know how to download iCloud photos to iPhone. Could you please help me to solve this problem?
If you are trying to understand how to download photos on iPhone from iCloud, you probably noticed battling iCloud is not that easy. Thankfully, there’s are 4 workable solutions to download photos from iCloud to iPhone. Choose the one that suits you best:
- How to get photos from iCloud to iPhone
- How to download iCloud photos to iPhone: from iCloud backup
- How to restore photos from iCloud to iPhone
- How to download iCloud photos
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The following methods will work for both iPhone and iPad. Let’s start downloading pictures from iCloud to iPhone!
How to get photos from iCloud to iPhone
This method includes two simple steps:
✔️ download iCloud photos to PC
✔️ transfer photos to iPhone
One extra perk here is you can select the photos to transfer to your iPhone. The best thing about this method is it doesn’t require overwriting your data – you just add photos to your iPhone. Period.
First of all, you need to choose how to download photos from iCloud to PC. We compared three ways, including one of our own invention:
|CopyTrans Cloudly||iCloud.com||iCloud for Windows|
|Downloading all photos||Downloads everything at once||Downloads only 1000 items at a time||Downloads everything at once|
|Preserving album structure||Yes||No||No (downloads by year)|
|Downloading originals||Yes||Yes||Not always|
|Incremental download of new photos (without creating duplicates)||Yes||No||No|
|Deleting all photos||Deletes everything at once||Deletes only 1000 items at a time||No|
|Retrieving permanently deleted photos||Yes||No||No|
|Speed (depends on the internet connection speed)||15-30 minutes for every 5 GB||Eternity||1,5-3 hours for every 5 GB|
|Viewing and selecting photos before downloading||No||Yes||No|
|Using on a Mac||No||Yes||No|
|Uploading photos to iCloud||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Step 1: download iCloud photos to PC
To download photos using CopyTrans Cloudly, follow the steps:
- First, let’s download photos from iCloud to PC. For that, please install CopyTrans Cloudly:
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Run CopyTrans Cloudly. You will see a login screen. Enter your Apple ID and password.
NOTE: We use a secure SSL-connection and do not store your account data, unless you want us to save it for faster login.
If you have two-factor authentication enabled, make sure to allow the connection on your device:
Wait until your iCloud photo library is loaded. To download all photos from iCloud, click Download and select the destination folder:
Voila! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos are downloaded from iCloud.
Step 2: transfer photos from PC to iPhone
We are ready to download iCloud photos to iPhone! For a smooth transfer, use CopyTrans Photo
Advantages of CopyTrans Photo
✔️ Transfer photos and videos between iPhone and PC
✔️ Save EXIF data
✔️ Make a full backup
✔️ Convert HEIC to JPEG on the fly
✔️ Work with the new Apple ProRAW format
✔️ Work offline
Start CopyTrans Photo and connect your device. iPhone photos are displayed on the left while PC photos appear on the right.
In the rightmost pane, select a PC folder with your iCloud photos. Then select the exact photos you wish to transfer to the iPhone.
TIP: To select multiple photos, press and hold CTRL while clicking on individual photos. To select all the images at once, press CTRL + A.
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.
To put pictures from computer to iPhone, just drag and drop the selected files to iPhone photo pane on the left.
If you don’t have enough storage space on your iPhone, consider cleaning your iPhone before downloading images.
To finish transferring iCloud photos to iPhone, click Apply changes.
And that’s it! Now you how to move photos from iCloud to iPhone in a matter of minutes!
How to download iCloud photos to iPhone
From iCloud backup
If iCloud Photos was disabled on your device and the photos were not in iCloud, do not lose heart. It means that they would be included into an iCloud backup if you made one recently. You can discover and look inside your iCloud backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor.
- Download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:
On the welcome screen, choose Log in to iCloud for more backups.
Enter your Apple ID and password.
If you have 2-factor authentication enabled, you will also need to insert a verification code sent to your device.
There you are! after a short search CopyTrans Backup Extractor will display all your backups, both on PC and in iCloud. iCloud backups are marked with a cloud icon, while PC backups have a folder icon next to them.
To download iCloud photos, choose the backup that contains your photos. If the backup is encrypted, enter the backup password to proceed.
Finally, select the folder you want to extract the photos to and wait for the process to complete. Voila! You can now click Open containing folder to see all the extracted photos.
Your photos are successfully out of the backup! You can now transfer them to your iPhone.
How to restore photos from iCloud to iPhone
If your photos are not in iCloud (they weren’t synced), don’t worry – it means they would be included into an iCloud backup. You can now restore photos from iСloud directly to your iPhone using iCloud restore. But this method has some huge disadvantages:
❌ you won’t be able to restore only iCloud photos
❌ you will need to erase all content from your iPhone first
If you would like to restore photos from iCloud to iPhone in a more “democratic” way, use CopyTrans Backup Extractor: it will find your iCloud backups and extract data to your PC, after which you can easily import them to device.
If you wish to proceed with erase and restore, follow the steps below:
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.
To restore photos from iCloud backup, go back to Settings and choose General. Scroll down and find the Reset tab.
Choose Erase All Content and Settings.
Select Erase now.
TIP: If you are not comfortable with erasing your data, try taking a roundabout route.
After the reset, your iPhone will reboot and take you through the setup steps. Once you are offered to restore your device from an old backup, choose the backup with your iCloud photos.
How to download iCloud photos
directly to your iPhone
One of the most obvious ways of getting iCloud photos on 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 of the download time. If you don’t mind waiting, check the Apple guide or follow the instruction below:
- On your iPhone, go to Settings. Tap on your name -> iCloud.
- Select Photos, then toggle off iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library for older iOS versions). Make sure that you have opted to Download and Keep Originals.
- Now, all you have to do is wait until your iCloud photos are downloaded to the iPhone. Make sure that you have a strong Wi-Fi connection. It’s even better to leave it working overnight.
Hope you’ve managed to successfully download photos from iCloud to iPhone using one of these solutions. Let me know which one worked for you in the comments!