3 Ways to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone

Of course, you do create a backup of your pictures from time to time to iCloud account. But, what if you wish to view some old pictures or get a few back from iCloud? The process might seem simple for people possessing technical knowledge, but it is a daunting task for those who are non-technical. Today, we will provide you with three different procedures that will help any commoner to download photos from iCloud to iPhone.
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Tip 1. Download Photos from iCloud Back Up to iPhone

It is easy to download all the pictures from an existing backup file from iCloud to your iPhone. However, the real catch about this process is that when you opt for this selection, the restoration will delete the existing contents on your iPhone and then restores the pictures from the backup file. The process is not advisable, as in some cases, it even replaces all the settings too!

download photos  from iCloud backup

Tip 2. Download Photos from iCloud Photos Stream to iPhone

With the assistance offered by iCloud Photos Stream, you can quickly and easily transfer all the photos from your iCloud backup file to your iPhone. However, make sure that you are using the internet over Wi-Fi or cellular data. Also, remember that it is a time-consuming process. If you think you will have the patience, you can get along with this method.

Step 1: Open the Settings application on your iPhone. 

Step 2: Navigate to the iCloud application. 

Step 3: Move down the list of options available and choose the Photo Stream, and select it. 

Step 4: Tap the option to activate the same. 

Step 5: Turning on the service will allow the synchronization, where the photos available in the iCloud will now be on the iPhone device.

download photos  from iCloud photos stream

Tip 3. Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to iPhone

iCloud Photo Library is another example through which you can extract photos or transfer the existing images available on the photo library to your iPhone in a few simple steps. We all know that both pictures and videos consume a lot of space in an iPhone, and in fact in any smartphone. However, with the help of iCloud Photo Library, users can transfer the pictures and videos to the Apple cloud service to free up space on their device. They can even see them online through their iCloud account from any device and at any time. The following are the steps through which you can quickly download pictures from iCloud Photo Library to your iPhone. 

Step 1: You will have to activate the iCloud Photo Library, which you can do it from the settings application. Head to the app on your iPhone, scroll the list to find iCloud and opt for Photos. Swipe the iCloud Photo Library to the right to activate the service. 

Step 2: In the same window, you will be able to find “Download and keep original” option. Activate the same. 

Step 3: You can now launch your Photos application on your iPhone to view the photos available in the iCloud Photo Library app as it will synchronize the data automatically.

download photos  from iCloud photos library

Tip 4. Selectively Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone

iMyFone D-Port Pro is a reliable tool to backup and restore iPhone, iPad and iPod. With this program, you can restore all the iPhone data or restore a partial backup to your iOS devices without overwriting the other data.

iMyFone D-Port Pro Backup & Restore Tool

Key Features:

  • Fully restore or selectively restore only Messages, WhatsApp data and WeChat data to your device.
  • Make a full backup or back up only Messages, WhatsApp data and WeChat without any data loss.
  • Extract 18+ types of data from iOS devices or from iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • It is working with the newest iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus with iOS 11 version.

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Step 1: Download, install and run D-Port Pro, choose “Restore Partial Backup” the click Next.

choose Restore Partial Backup

Step 2: Choose the data types you want to restore, then click “Next” to scan selected data.
Note: The program only supports restoring certain data types for now and it will support photos in the near future. Please stay tunned.  

Choose the data types you want to  restore

Step 3: When you verify that the data is all right, choose one or more you want and click “Restore”.

preview iphone backup data

Step 4: When the restoring process has finished, you can view the restored data on iOS device.

restoring has finished


As you have seen, the methods explained here are simple gives the knowledge even for a commoner to download photos from iCloud to their iPhone in simple steps. All you need to do is choose the best option!

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