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How to Move Photos from iPhone to iCloud Storage

Alice MJ

Sep 06, 2023 • Filed to: Manage Device Data • Proven solutions

Yes, it is a boon for all users that with the help of iCloud service, they can upload their media (images, audio, videos, documents) on their devices. And congratulations it also includes Windows PC to iCloud and access and shares files anytime everywhere on any compatible device.

Never lose your data by turning the iCloud Photo Library on your PC using Windows 7/8/10. Be it your important photos/videos, ensure to save them on a trustable and security-proof iCloud server. Moreover, you can sync your phone data to iCloud, which automatically saves up to 2TB of data.

To have the privilege of iCloud service you need to know how to do it? Hence, we’ve come up with this full-fledged step-guide that tells about how to transfer photos from iPhone to iCloud.

Steps for uploading photos from iPhone to iCloud

First of all, calm down because Apple has made the uploading process of moving photos from iPhone to iCloud extremely easy.

Here you go with the step guide for uploading photos from iPhone to iCloud.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app from the springboard on your iPhone.

Step 2. Please scroll down on the following screen, find the option that says Photos & Camera, and tap on it to open it.

Accessing the Camera Settings menu on iPhone

Step 3. On the following screen, you will find an option that says iCloud Photo Library. Turn the toggle for the option to the ON position and it will enable the option.

Enable iCloud Photo Upload on iPhone

What your iPhone will do now is it will start uploading your photos to your iCloud account. It is a pretty easy and quick way to upload iPhone photos to iCloud.

How to upload photos from iPhone to iCloud on mac

There is no rocket science in uploading photos to your iCloud on mac. All you’ve to do is turn on iCloud Photos on mac. Once you’re done with the automatic syncing process, your photos will automatically get uploaded. It includes your every clicked, screenshotted, and downloaded picture on your iPhone

Step-1: Open the Photos app

Step-2: Click on Photos in the menu bar (top left corner)

Step-3: Select Preferences…

how to transfer photos from iphone to icloud

Step-4: Click the box next to iCloud Photos

uploading photos from iPhone to iCloud

Step-5: Choose to either Optimize Mac Storage or Download Originals to this MAC

Note: Uploading your entire photos and video library to iCloud can take several hours or sometimes a whole day. It depends upon your file size and internet speed. Also, you can see the status at the bottom of photos on Your Mac system in the photos settings iOS.

How to upload photos from iPhone to iCloud on computer

Hold on, before exploring this step guide, you need to download iCloud for Windows from https://support.apple.com/en-hk/HT204283, and then sign in to iCloud on your PC with your Apple ID.

Now release yourself and follow the below-given steps,

Step 1: First of all, open the iCloud for Windows on your computer.

Step 2: Now, click on Options placed next to the Photos.

Step 3: Right there, select the iCloud Photo Library, click Done, and click Apply.

Step 4: Afterwards, Go to This PC > iCloud Photos > Uploads from your Windows PC.

Step 5: You can also drag and drop the photos and videos into the Uploads folder to upload photos/videos to iCloud from PC.

Step 6: This step is crucial here. You will Turn on iCloud Photo Library and your other devices to access the photos/videos uploaded from your Windows PC.

  • On iPhone (or iPad): Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then switch on iCloud Photo Library.
  • On Mac: Go to System Preferences > iCloud, choose Options next to Photos, then click the checkbox next to the iCloud Photo Library.

Also, besides uploading photos to iCloud from PC, you can directly download iCloud photos to PC if you need to.

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Problems and solution when moving pictures from iPhone to iCloud

Problem: One major problem that every iPhone user faces while transferring, sharing, and uploading data through the above-given methods is syncing problems such as

  • iPhone calendars not syncing to Mac after iOS 11,
  • iPhone photos not syncing to iCloud
  • Outdated network settings

It is usually caused by both external and system factors, like the iOS version, insufficient space, low-battery issues.

Following are some proven solutions that you can try

Make sure you have enough space on iCloud:

Do you know iCloud? It only has 5GB of free data on iCloud servers. If any case you’ve crossed that privilege then you'll have to shift to an iCloud storage service. You may have run out of the less storage issue which needs to be solved by paying to Apple iCloud services.

Make sure your iPhone is not in low battery

It takes plenty of time while syncing your data to iCloud, especially when it's abundant. Low battery issues can delay and slow the process, which can eventually create syncing problems. Make sure your iPhone has enough power.

Reset your network settings

If there is something wrong with your network settings leading to the syncing problem, you’ve to update your iCloud through Wi-Fi or a stable cellular network. You can always refer to resetting iPhone network settings to make you through, which is eventually also a good way to solve the GPS that won’t work on iPhone/iPad in iOS 11.

Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Reset Network Settings". This reset will erase your saved Wi-Fi passwords, VPN, and APN settings on your iPhone.

transfer photos from iPhone to iCloud


Although Apple has paved the way for Windows for using the very efficient iCloud somehow it is difficult to understand any Apple concept collaborating with Windows. Both platforms have different methods to sync and upload their systems media to iCloud as mentioned above. If you find any difficulty in approaching that method then you can directly download Dr.Fone and let it do its work on its own.

We hope that our piece has helped you to upload your photos on iCloud. Don’t forget to give feedback down below in the comment box.

Alice MJ

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