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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 4 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.
    log in to iCloud with CopyTrans Cloudly

  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:

    Download photos from iCloud

  5. Voila! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos from iCloud are downloaded.
    Downloading photos from iCloud with CopyTrans Cloudly

  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!

Get photos from iCloud backup

If the iCloud Photos feature 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. Here’s how:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:
  2. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  3. Install and run the program. If you need help, refer to the installation guide.
  4. On the welcome screen, choose “Log in to iCloud for more backups”.

    Log in to iCloud with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  5. Enter your Apple ID and password.

    Enter Apple ID and password to access iCloud backups

  6. If you have 2-factor authentication enabled, you will also need to insert a verification code sent to your device.

    enter the verification code

  7. 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.

    find iCloud backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  8. Choose the backup that contains your photos. If the backup is encrypted, enter the backup password to proceed.
    enter the backup password

  9. Click on “Photos”.

    types of data: photos

  10. Finally, select the folder you want to extract the photos to and wait for the process to complete. Voila! You can now click on “Open containing folder” to see all of the extracted photos. Data extraction finished

  11. Your photos are successfully out of the backup! You can now transfer them to your PC.

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 directly to your iPhone using iCloud restore. The drawbacks are that you won’t be able to restore iCloud photos only and you will need to erase all content from the iPhone first. If you would like a more “democratic” way of restoring your photos, use CopyTrans Backup Extractor – it will find your iCloud backups and extract them to your PC, after which you can easily import them to iPhone. If you wish to proceed with erase and restore, follow the steps 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 to be stored on iPhone

One of the most obvious ways of getting iCloud photos to be stored 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 when it will be finished. If you don’t mind some waiting time, 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). Select Photos and then iCloud photos
    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 in the comments!

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