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How to View iCloud Photos Online

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Brandon Eldred

May 26, 2018 (Updated: July 2, 2020锛

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There is no doubt聽that the photos app you have on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone is both fast and convenient聽for you to view. It allows you to manage and view your images with ease. However, considering a situation that聽you don’t have any of your devices at hand. Does this mean that you cannot聽view and show your friends and colleagues your photos? The answer is no.

iCloud Photo Library allows聽you to view all your photos online. You will be able to view these straightly from any computer’s web browser. Other than this, are there other tips on how to view iCloud photos online?聽Here we will guide聽you on how to view iCloud photos online.

Part 1. View iCloud Photos Online

1View iCloud Photo Library Online

How to Save Photos to iCloud Photo Library

Before viewing iCloud photos online, you need to first save them to the iCloud Photo Library. This is not a complicated procedure. You only need to turn iCloud Photo Library on. For this to work, you need to own an iOS device running iOS 8.1 or later. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Settings. Tap iCloud and then Photos.

Step 2: Finally, toggle on iCloud Photo Library.


This will save all the photos on your device automatically to iCloud Photo Library. You have to be connected to Wi-Fi for this to work.

How to View iCloud Photo Library Online

After turning on your iCloud Photo Library, your photos will get uploaded to the library automatically. These photos are not duplicated聽in your iCloud backup. iCloud Photo Library allows you to download these photos to your computer聽from Follow the steps below for this:

Step 1: Use聽a web browser聽and visit Use your Apple ID to sign in.

Step 2: Click the “Photos” icon and then select the photo you wish to download.

Step 3: You will see a download icon in the top-right corner of the web browser once the picture is loaded. Click on the icon to download your photo. Repeat for all the other photos.

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2View Photos in My Photo Stream Online

How to Save Photos to My Photo Stream

With My Photo Stream, you can聽sync your photos between all your Apple devices including, Mac, iPad, iPhone聽and iPod touch. Saving your photos to My Photo Stream can be done by the following steps:

Step 1: Visit your device Settings. Tap iCloud.

Step 2: Tap on Photo and then toggle on My Photo Stream.聽

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How to View My Photo Stream Online

If you have already saved your photos to My Photo Stream, you can view them. The method used to view the photos varies depending on the device you are using. We have listed the steps to view your photos on聽the most common devices:

iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

If your Device runs on iOS 8 and above, tap on Photos聽->聽Albums聽->聽My Photo Stream. For devices running iOS 7 and below, tap on Photo Stream and then My Photo Stream.聽



Visit Photos聽-> select Albums聽->聽then My Photo Stream.


Windows PC

iCloud for Windows will create a Photos folder in your File Explorer named iCloud Photos. All you have to do is turn on Photos. My Photo Stream will download all the new photos you take using your iOS to the Downloads folder.


NoteDifferences between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream

Although both iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream will offer you the ability to view your photos, they have some differences.

  • iCloud Photo Library will allow you to view your photos on all Apple devices and on the web while you won’t have the ability to view My Photo Stream photos online and on Apple Watch.
  • While iCloud Photo Library supports all media file types, My Photo Stream only supports JPEG, TIFF, and PNG.

Other differences include:聽

  • iCloud Photo Library uses your iCloud Storage while My Photo Stream doesn’t.
  • You can only store last 30 days photos up to a total of 1000 photos using My Photo Stream while you can upload as many photos as you want on iCloud Photo Library as long as you have space.

Part 2: View Photos in iCloud Backup Online

1How to Save Photos to iCloud Backup

You cannot view iCloud backup photos online if you have not saved them. To save photos to iCloud backup, follow these steps:

Step 1: Connect the device to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Visit Settings, select [your name], and then tap iCloud. For iOS 10.2 and earlier, visit Settings, locate iCloud and tap on it.

Step 3: Tap on iCloud Backup. For iOS 10.2 and earlier, tap on Backup. Ensure that your iCloud Backup is on.

Step 4:聽Click Back Up Now and stay connected to Wi-Fi for the back up to complete.

iCloud backup

2How to View Photos in iCloud Backup

Viewing the photos you have backed up in your iCloud backup is very easy using iMyFone D-Port. This is a tool that is fully compatible with all iOS devices. The features it offers you include:

  • You can聽export 18+ data types selectively from all your iOS devices.
  • You can back up just your messages/WhatsApp/WeChat or your whole iOS device聽data.
  • You can access your iCloud and iTunes data without an iOS device.

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View & Extract Photos from iCloud Backup

Step 1: On the left panel, choose Extract Data from Backup after running iMyFone D-Port on your Mac or PC. Your backups will be detected and displayed. You can click on Download iCloud Backup if the needed back up is not shown.

Extract Data from an iMyFone Backup

Step 2: Login into your iCloud account. The backup files will be shown. Choose the needed backup and click next.

 log in to your iCloud account

Step 3: Select data to export. In this case, choose photos and the back up will be downloaded.

choose the data you would like to export

Step 4: After downloading, click on Extract to export the photos to your computer.

Preview and Extract Photos from iCloud

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Tip 1: View Photos in iCloud Drive

Before you view your photos, you have to enable iCloud Drive on your iOS device. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Visit Settings and Select [Your Name].

Step 2: Click iCloud.

Step 3: Toggle on iCloud Drive.


Now that you have enabled iCloud Drive.聽Here is how you can view the files in your iCloud Drive:

iOS 8+

To view the files and photosin your iOS device, you have to use an application that uses iCloud Drive. You will have to open its file chooser聽and access the pictures and files.



You will find iCloud Drive in your Mac Finder’s Sidebar. Click iCloud Drive and you should be able to see all your photos and documents.

icloud drive on mac


You will need to install iCloud for Windows. After the installation, you should see iCloud Drive as an option in your File Explorer. Click the iCloud Drive to access the photos and other files.


Tip 2: More You Can Do with Photos Online with allows you to do more with your photos than view your photos online as well as other things. It also allows you to share the photos with family and friends. You can email the photos or even share them on social media networks such as Facebook. You also get to add new photos to online.


If you are having trouble trying to figure out how to view photos on iCloud online, the tips in this article should help you. When it comes to iMyFone D-Port, it聽is a great tool that offers a lot of features to users. You will get a chance to use iMyFone D-Port trial version to see what it has to offer. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

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