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How to Backup Photos to iCloud from iPhone/iPad/Mac

iCloud is a cloud storage service operated by Apple Inc. When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage. It allows you to backup contacts, app data, photos, videos, music and more to iCloud account from mobile devices and computers. In this article, we focus on how to backup photos to iCloud from iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Part I. How to backup photos to iCloud from iPhone/iPad

Part II. How to backup photos to iCloud from Mac

Part III. How to get photos off iCloud to Mac

Part I. How to backup photos to iCloud from iPhone/iPad

It's easy to backup documents from iCloud to your iPhone and iPad. Here is what you need to do when you choose to backup your photos to iCloud automatically from your iPhone or iPad.

1. Tap on settings and then go to iCloud.
2. Go to Photos and turn on "My Photo Stream" in case it is turned off.
3. All the photos that you take will be instantly backed up on your iCloud account.

What if you wish to backup your photos manually? Apple has somewhat provided for that.

1. You need to go to settings, and then tap on iCloud and choose Storage and Backup.
2. Turn on iCloud backup there in case it is off and choose "Backup Now".


Note: You cannot choose what to backup from your phone. Let alone choosing which photos you want to backup, you cannot even choose if you want to backup your photos and not your contact list or some other document.

Part II. How to backup photos to iCloud from Mac

Are you looking to backup photos to iCloud from your Mac? Your Mac can be connected to the iCloud account easily. Backing up your Mac in a few simple steps as mentioned below:

Step 1: Let's go to the desktop first on your Mac. You will see an icon below titled System Preferences. Click on it to open up the different system options.

Step 2: Now, you will need to go to the iCloud icon and click on it.


Step 3: The backup screen will appear. If you haven't already signed in to your iCloud account, do so now.

Step 4: Select the data that you want to backup. You need to select all the items that you need. By default, all the items are automatically checked in for backup. However, keep in mind that iCloud only offers 5 GB as storage space.


Step 5: Click on 'Manage' tab if you want to buy more storage. There, you can select the 'Buy More Storage' option to buy more storage.


Step 6: Just close the System Preferences tab now. iCloud will automatically start backing up all that you selected to your iCloud account. Just relax and do something else with your Mac!

Note: As mentioned above every Apple ID only enjoys 5G free storage space, if you have a large number of photos in Camera Roll, you'd better backup photos with iTunes or copy them to computer.

Part III. How to get photos off iCloud to Mac

If you want to extract all the photos on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from iCloud and save on Mac, you should try iRefone for Mac, which is one of the most helpful photo transfer tool allows you to download and extract photos from iCloud within simple steps. For Windows users, you can get iRefone.

Guide: How to Download Photos from iCloud backup to Mac

Step 1. Log in your iCloud account

Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" from the top menu, then you'll see the window as follows. You need to enter your iCloud account and the password to log in, so that you can download the backup file.


Step 2. Download and scan your iCloud backup

When you logged into iCloud, the program can find all iCloud backup files in your account. Choose the one where you're going to recover data and click on the "Download" button.


And then in the pop-up window, you can choose the Photos you would like to download.


Step 3. Preview and extract photos from iCloud Backup

The scan will be complete in a few minutes. Once it stops, you can click the Photos icon to start extracting. By clicking on the "Recover to Mac", you can get off photos from iCloud and save them on your Mac computer with one click.

More features of iRefone for Mac:

  • As easy as 1-2-3, no skill required
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  • Restore data from your device, iTunes or iCloud Backup
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  • Fully supports iOS 9 and is compatible with the latest iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 5S/5C, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 2/3
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