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How to Get Photos from iCloud to iPhone

By Emily Watson, Monday, October 16, 2017

When switching to an iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6s, some users find that they have a problem in getting photos from iCloud to iPhone. For example:

"I recently got a new iPhone 8 Plus and the problem is that I want to get old photos from iCloud to the new iPhone without erasing anything on the phone. I know I cannot restore iPhone from old iCloud backup, but is there any way I can get photos from iCloud?"

Apple's iCloud is complicated. Many users are confused by iCloud Photos Library, iCloud Photo Stream, iCloud backup and thus they are clear about how to get photos from iCloud to iPhone. This post will introduce 4 ways to download photos from iCloud to iPhone. And if you never save photos to iCloud, there is also an instruction of how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud to iPhone

Your first option is to restore photos from iCloud backup to iPhone. If you have a new iPhone and you need to get old photos from iCloud to the new iPhone, this is a proper choice for you. But you first need to erase everything on the iPhone before you are able to restore an iCloud backup.

STEP 1. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

STEP 2. Your iPhone will restart and you need to set up the iPhone. Then you can choose to restore from iCloud backup. All photos on the iCloud backup will be downloaded to your iPhone.


Restore from iCloud Backup

How to Get Photos from iCloud to iPhone (Without Reset)

If you don't want to erase anything on your iPhone and just need to get some old photos from iCloud to your iPhone, Mac or PC. FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can help you.

The program can download old pictures/videos from iCloud to your PC/Mac. It allows you to view photos in iCloud backups and select those you need to save on computer. Moreover, this software can get pictures from iCloud without your old iPhone at hand. This could be good news for those who have sold their old iPhones.

Now free download the trial version of FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on Windows or Mac computers and follow the steps below to get old pics from iCloud to iPhone.

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1. Login iCloud Account

Activate FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on your computer after you download it. Then click on "Recover from iCloud Backup File" at the lower left corner and use your iCloud credentials to login.


Login in iCloud Account


2. Download iCloud Backup

After you log in, you will see all your iCloud backups under your Apple ID. Choose the backup that you want to retrieve photos from and click "Download" button. 


Download iCloud Backup Files


3. Choose to Download Photos from iCloud

You should see the following window, select Camera Roll, Photo Library, App Photos, App videos to download all photos and videos from the iCloud backup. It could take a few minutes or up to a few hours if you have synced lots of photos to iCloud.


Choose Files Types


4. Get Old Pictures/Videos from iCloud

After downloading and scanning, you can hit "Camera Roll", "Photo Library", "App Photos", etc. to look at the iCloud old photos. Pick the photos you want and click "Recover" button to recover the old photos to computer from iCloud.


Get All Photos from iCloud


Note: To get the old photos from iCloud to iPhone, you can use FonePaw iOS Transfer or iTunes to transfer photos to your iPhone/iPad/iPod after you have downloaded the old photos from iCloud backup.

How to Get Old Photos from iCloud Photo Library to iPhone

iCloud Photo Library allows you to upload photos to iCloud storage so that you can free up space on your iPhone and sync photos over iPad, iPhone, Mac and other devices. If you have synced photos to iCloud Photo Library, you can easily get photos from iCloud Photos Library to iPhone in the following steps.

STEP 1. Make sure you have signed in the right Apple ID on your iPhone.

STEP 2. Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos and toggle on iCloud Photo Library.

STEP 3. Once the optionis enablede, iCloud photos will be downloaded to your iPhone. Now you can go to Photos app and view all photos.


Set Up iCloud Photo Library


Note: When you enable iCloud Photo Library, all photos synced from iTunes will be removed from your device. 

How to Download Photos from iCloud Photo Stream to iPhone

My Photo Stream uploads your most recent photos so that you can view and import them to all of your devices signed in the same Apple ID. Photos are stored in My Photo Stream for 30 days. So you can easily transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Photo Stream. 

STEP 1. Go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Photo" and enable My Photo Stream. 

STEP 2. On an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch: Open Photos and choose My Photo Stream album. There you can access iCloud photos on iPhone.


Access iCloud Photo via Photo Stream


Note

  • On a Mac, you can view photos on My Photo Stream via iPhotos > Photo Stream.

  • On a PC, if you have installed iCloud Control Panel and log in with Apple ID and password, you view the iPhone photos from the iCloud application.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud

Suppose that you don't set up an iCloud account or don't use any iCloud service on your iPhone, your old photos should be saved on the old iPhone, you may use FonePaw iOS Transfer to transfer tphotos from old device to your new iPhone 7.

STEP 1. Download the program on your PC/Mac.

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STEP 2. Connect your two iPhone to the computer. After the program detect and present the photos of the connected iPhone, choose the photos you like and click "Export to XX (the name of the new iPhone)". 


Export Photos from Device to Device

There you go. You can then enjoy the photos from iCloud in your iPhone at ease.


Write in the end

Apart from getting photos from iCloud, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery empowers you to extract old photos from iTunes backup. Also, if by a twist of fate your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can still get everything back without needing to have your iOS device with you. The only requirement is that you have previously backed up your device.

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