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How to Download Photos to iCloud from Any Devices?

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

Having your photos saved to iCloud on your iPhone is one great way to manage your device storage space.

However, have you ever thought of saving your Android or PC photos to iCloud? Well, in case you're still unaware, you can download photos to iCloud from any device, and the steps to execute such an operation are quite simple. 

In this straightforward guide, we've discussed the best methods on how to move photos to iCloud from any device. So, stick to the page to find out more.

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Part 1: How to Download Photos to iCloud on iPhone and iPad

If you just got your first iOS or iPad device, syncing photos from your phone to iCloud might be quite tricky. So, to save yourself from unwanted stress, follow the directions outlined below to move photos to iCloud in a few clicks.

Step 1: Open your iPhone Settings app

Step 2: locate Photos and tap on it. 

download photos to iCloud from ios device

Step 3: Turn on iCloud on the new page by tapping the toggle.

Once you've done the above all your iPhone or iPad photos will be automatically uploaded to iCloud. However, make sure you have enough iCloud storage space for the photos to be saved.

If not, it's best you just toggle off iCloud Photo and upload manually to your iCloud account via your browser by following the steps below;

Step 1: Visit icloud.com via your Safari browser.

Step 2: Sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.

Step 3: Locate Photos and tap on it, then select Upload. 

upload photos to iCloud from ios device

Step 4: From the Photo Library, select the pictures you want to upload to your iCloud and tap on Add. 

The selected photos will be transferred to iCloud instantly. It's as simple as that!

Part 2: How to Move Photos to iCloud from Mac

Are you looking to transfer photos to iCloud from your Mac computer? It's easy! All you just have to do is to follow the steps outlined here.

Step 1: Launch ‘System Preferences’ on your Mac computer > Click on Apple ID, then select iCloud.

download photos to iCloud from mac

Step 2: Click on Photos > Tick the checkbox next to iCloud Photos from the pop-up and click Done to verify. By doing that, pictures saved on the Photo app on your Mac PC will be moved to iCloud immediately.

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Part 3: How to Transfer Photos to iCloud on Windows PC

can I also transfer photos saved on your Windows PC to iCloud? Yes, thanks to the iCloud desktop app. However, there's more work to do when you're using this method.

Follow the process outlined below to transfer photos to iCloud on Windows computer.

Step 1: Download and install the iCloud for desktop app on your Windows PC here

Step 2:  Open the iCloud app on your PC and login into your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.

sign in to iCloud

Step 3: Since it's just your Windows photos you want to upload to the iCloud, select Photos.

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  • After you've selected Photos, click the ‘Options’ button next to it, and tick the option as shown in the image below, then click ‘Done’ and Apply to proceed.

upload photos to iCloud from windows pc

Step 4: Next, open the Windows file explorer app, then select iCloud Photos from the left sidebar under ‘Favourite’.

upload photos to iCloud from windows pc

Step 5: Click on Uploads, the. Drag or Copy the Photos you want to transfer to iCloud to the iCloud Photos folder. Your photos will be uploaded to iCloud instantly.

Part 4: How to Send Photos to iCloud on Android Devices

You might be asking ‘how possible is it to send photos from Android to iCloud when there's no iCloud app on Android devices?’ Well, it's possible. All you just have to do is to login into your iCloud account via your browser on your Android device and upload the photos manually.

The steps outlined below explain the process of transferring photos to iCloud on Android better;

Step 1: Firstly, open the browser app on your Android phone and set it to desktop mode, then visit icloud.com.

Step 2: Login into your account using the correct details. By doing that, a two-factor authentication code will be sent to your iOS device to verify the unusual log in just to trust the browser.

upload photos to iCloud from android

Step 3: Now click on “Photos”, then select the folder where you want to upload photos from the left side of the page.

upload photos to iCloud from android

Step 4: Now select every photo you want to upload to iCloud, then tap on Done at the top right corner of the screen to start uploading the Android Photos to your iCloud.

upload photos to iCloud from android

Now you've successfully moved photos to iCloud, you can easily access them from your iPhone or any device you synced to your iCloud.

Notes: If you're willing to download iCloud photos to your Android device, you can try MobileTrans. You can transfer all of your iCloud pictures to your Android device quickly, and it also supports contacts, notes, reminders, and calendars. You would never worry about losing your previous iCloud data.

Bonus: Download Photos to Computer to Save iCloud Storage

It's no doubt photos and videos usually take up most of the iCloud storage space, giving you less room to store other important data. In this case, it's recommended you save your photos to the computer instead to help save more space for other important files. 

Wondershare MobileTrans is a perfect data-sharing tool you can always rely on to transfer photos to a computer. Yes, this tool boasts a lot of features that ease the process of moving data from one device to another. Besides, it also supports backup and restoration of data.

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Guide to Download Photos to Computer Using MobileTrans

Make sure you've installed the MobileTrans app on your computer.

Step 1:  Launch MobileTrans software and connect your Android or iOS device to the PC using a USB cable, then click on ‘Phone transfer’, and select ‘Export to Computer’. 

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Step 2: Click the category of the file you're looking to download to your computer - ‘Choose Photos’, then select the photos you want to download to your computer and click on Export.

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Step 3: MobileTrans will begin to download the photos to your PC. This usually takes a few minutes to get completed. Then afterward, disconnect your device from the computer.

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Conclusion

The process of moving photos to iCloud from any device has been briefly explained above, and no doubt, you can tell it's not as complicated as you might have expected.

You can move your Android, iPhone, Mac, or Windows using the methods outlined on this page.

However, if you're looking to save your iCloud space and save files to your computer, using the MobileTrans tool will ease the process of executing the operation. Thus, allowing you to move data from your iPhone or Android to your computer in just a few clicks.

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Axel Nash

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