Don't Lose Your Pictures: How to Backup & Sync Your iPhone Photos to iCloud

Don’t Lose Your Pictures: How to Backup & Sync Your iPhone Photos to iCloud

If you’re an iPhone user who takes a lot of photos and videos, you need a way to back them up in case your phone is ever lost or damaged. iCloud Photos can be used to backup and sync anything accessible across multiple devices.

Apple offers 5GB of free iCloud storage, but with free unlimited storage mostly dead these days, you’ll soon have to pay. Still, iCloud gives you the ability to view photos and videos online and easily access them from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC (via the free iCloud app).

iCloud Storage Plans: How Much Storage Do I Need?

You’ll find that backing up all your photos via iCloud quickly eats up the free storage space you get from Apple. If 5GB isn’t enough to store your long-running photos and videos, you may need to invest in iCloud+, Apple’s subscription-based offerings. The service offers 50GB for 99 cents per month, 200GB for $2.99 ​​per month and 2TB for $9.99 per month.

You can estimate how much storage space you need to store your photos and videos in iCloud. Go to on your iPhone Settings > General > iPhone Storageand then swipe down the screen to the Photos entry to see how much storage space that content type is currently using.

Review and delete photos

Next, open the Photos app on your iPhone to check the captured photos and videos. You might want to take this opportunity to free up disk space by deleting anything you don’t want to save – especially if they’re taking up a lot of disk space.

Enable iCloud Photos on iPhone

Now it’s time to turn on iCloud Photos. Go to your phone settings and tap your name. Choose iCloud > Picturesthen activate Sync this iPhone. You will also be asked to choose between optimizing iPhone storage or downloading and keeping the originals.

icloud photos settings

If your phone is short on space, choose Optimize iPhone storage to download smaller, lower-resolution copies of your photos. If you have a lot of space, choose Download and keep originals to store larger, higher-resolution versions of your photos on your phone.

While you’re here, you might also want to tune in Shared Albums if you want the ability to share your own photo albums with others or access albums shared with you (to share photos with your Apple family, try a shared photo library instead). Allow your photos and videos to be uploaded and synced to iCloud Photos.

Depending on how many there are, it may take a while. From that point on, anything you record on your phone will also be backed up to iCloud.

Enable iCloud Photos on iPad, Mac and Apple TV

iCloud Photos can also be activated from your other Apple devices including iPad, Mac and even Apple TV. Once the feature is enabled, photos and videos can be viewed on those respective devices through the Photos app.

Turn on the iCloud Photos switch

To use iCloud Photos on an iPad, go to settings and tap your name. Open iCloud > Photosthen turn on the switch next to iCloud Photos. You should then be able to view your synced photos in the Photos app.

Set up iCloud Photos on a Mac

You can set up iCloud Photos on a Mac through System Preferences. Choose AppleIDthen click iCloud on the left. Check the box for pictures and enter the password for your username when prompted. Once your photos and videos are synced, you can view them in the Photos app on your Mac.

Use iCloud Photos on an Apple TV

To set up iCloud Photos on an Apple TV, go to Settings > Users & Accounts. Choose iCloud and then switch on iCloud Photos. Open the Photos app on your Apple TV to view your photos and videos.

Turn on iCloud Photos on a Windows PC

You can also set up iCloud Photos on a Windows PC if you download free iCloud for Windows(Opens in a new window) App from the Microsoft Store. Once installed, click the Start button and select the iCloud Shortcut. Sign in with your Apple username and password and the iCloud app will display all potential content for syncing.

Set up iCloud Photos on a Windows PC

press the options next to Photos and then turn on iCloud Photos and share albums (if you want to share your albums and access other shared albums). click Finishedthen select Apply to save your changes.

Turn on the iCloud Photos switch

You can view your iCloud photos in File Explorer by navigating to Photos\iCloud Photos\Photos. However, there will be no date sorting or other organizational functions. A better option is to import your photos and videos into the Windows Photos app (which Windows 11 does automatically(Opens in a new window)).

Open the Photos app

To do this, open the Photos app. Click the ellipses icon in the top right corner and select settings. Choose Add a folder and select your iCloud photo folder. click Add this folder to Pictures.

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Return to the main Photos screen and wait for the photos to sync. You should then be able to view your photos and videos by date. The biggest downside to iCloud for Windows is that syncing is one-way, meaning any changes you make in Windows won’t be reflected elsewhere.

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That’s why you should edit, delete, and otherwise manage your photos on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, or on

View photos on

Your photos and videos are also synced online. Open your browser and go to in a new window). Sign in with your Apple account, then click pictures to view all your backed up photos and videos sorted by date. You can then click favourites to see everyone you’ve marked as a favorite, or Last to show new arrivals.

Go to

Under Albums, click the arrow for media types and select a specific item type, e.g. B. videos or panoramas. If you have created photo albums on your iPhone, click the arrow for my albums and select a specific one to view the photos and videos it contains.

show albums

You can click a photo to view it in full screen, and then click the right or left arrow to move forward or backward in your photo library. Or zoom in or out on a photo by moving the slider in the top left.

Look at a photo

You can select multiple photos when using Ctrl+click gold Shift+click. You can use the toolbar at the top right to upload more photos, add selected photos to an album, mark photos as favorites, share photos, download or delete photos.

Select multiple images

Remember that if you delete a photo from, it will also be deleted from your iPhone and all other synced devices.

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