How to Get Old Photos from iCloud

By Emily Watson, Monday, October 16, 2017

Many people find it an awkward situation when they switch to an iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6s:

"So excited, I recently get a new iPhone 7 and I can't wait to use it to take many pictures on my trip. Now the only trouble is that I want to get old photos from iCloud to the iPhone without overwriting the existing photos on my new device. I know I cannot restore iPhone from old iCloud backup, but is there any way I can get photos from iCloud?"

Yes, if you want to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone, you can restore iPhone from old iCloud backup. However, you should know that this will overwrite all the existing data on your new iPhone. To avoid this problem, you can use an iCloud backup extractor to retrieve your old photos/videos from iCloud to computer. Then, sync them to the new iPhone via iTunes.

Get Old iCloud Photos with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can help you get old pictures/videos from iCloud. Whether the pictures are stored in Camera Roll or Photo Library, this software allows you to find and download old photos from iCloud backup on PC. 

Besides, different from some iPhone Transfer programs, 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.

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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


• We take your privacy seriously and do not store any of your Apple account or personal data.

• To ensure your iCloud backups are not updated during this process make sure your devices is not charging.

2. Download iCloud backup

After you log in, you will see all your iCloud backup files with same Apple ID in front of you. Choose the backup that you want to retrieve iCloud photos and click "Download" button. To download the whole iCloud backup, choose all categories. Or select only photos to download if that's all you need.

Download iCloud Backup Files

Note: It takes a few minutes or up to a few hours to download your iCloud backup, depending on how large your backup and how fast your internet connection is.

3. 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

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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 Access Old Photos from iCloud 

Some users reported that they couldn't find their photos in the iCloud Backup. Where are my old photos on iCloud? In fact, if you have turned on iCloud Photo Library or Photo Steam, you can access old photos from iCloud in these way. 

iCloud Photo Library: If you have toggled on iCloud Photo Library under "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Photo", your photos and videos are stored in iCloud and aren’t included in your iCloud backup. You can look up old iCloud photos by signing in

  1. Go to

  2. Log in iCloud with Apple ID and password.

  3. Open Photos to see old photos on iCloud.

Access iCloud Photos

Photo Stream: If you have enabled Upload to My Photo Stream under "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Photo", your photos should be synced over all your devices (iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC) with the same iCloud. If you can't find a photo on an iPhone, you may try to get the old photo back from iCloud with other devices.

  • On an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch: Open Photos and access iCloud photo from My Photo Stream album.

Access iCloud Photo via Photo Stream

  • On a Mac: Open iPhotos, Choose Photo Stream to see your Photo Stream photos.

  • On a PC: Install iCloud Control Panel on your PC and log in with Apple ID and password. Make sure the Photo Stream is turn on. And you can then view the iPhone photos from the iCloud application.

How to Get Old Picture from iPhone

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 the photos from old device to your new iPhone 7.

  • Download the program on your PC/Mac.

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  • 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 "Expert to XX (the name of the new iPhone).  

There you go. You can then enjoy the old photos in your new iPhone at ease.

Write in the end

Apart from getting photos from iCloud, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery empower 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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