The iCloud app makes it easy to back up all of your iPhone and iPad photos. If something were to happen to your device, you wouldn’t have to worry about losing those irreplaceable pictures. How do you go about downloading your pictures from iCloud, however, after you replace your iPhone? Or else how do you save images you were shared with via a shared album you were added to in iCloud or how do you do that? I’m going to show you how to download photos from iCloud to an iPhone in this article, so check it out now!

Before you download photos from iCloud

It’s not unusual for photo libraries to consume a lot of disk space. Therefore, before you download pictures from iCloud to your iPhone, you should check to see how big your iCloud picture library is, as well as how much space is available on your iPhone. Those of you who don’t have enough storage space can make good use of the Gemini Photos app.

Follow these steps to check the size of your iCloud photo library:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage.

Next, to check how much free space is available on your iPhone:

  1. Go into the Settings app.
  2. Tap General > iPhone Storage.

As long as you have enough free space on your iPhone to accommodate your photo library, you can begin the download. Although you can start the process without a clean house, since there is only so much space on your iPhone that may be clean enough before you begin. By using our app, Gemini Photos, you can quickly scan your pictures and videos and trim a few gigabytes from your photo library.

To slim down your photo library before downloading it from iCloud to your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Download Gemini Photos.
  2. Open Gemini Photos and let it scan.
  3. Tap on one of the categories, such as Duplicates.
  4. Select a group of duplicates and choose which versions you want to delete.
  5. After you’ve made your selections, tap Delete Duplicate at the bottom.
  6. Tap Your Library in the top left to review another category.
  7. When you’re finished, head to Photos > Recently Deleted.
  8. Tap Select > Delete All > Delete [x] Items to remove all those photos from your storage.

The iCloud photo library will also be deleted when you delete a photo from Gemini Photos if all your iPhone photos sync to iCloud. By doing this, you’ll download fewer photos to your iPhone.

How to get photos from iCloud: The 3 most common cases

Perhaps you have been saving your pictures exclusively in the cloud and now want to make sure you have a copy saved directly on your iPhone. You may have just bought a new iPad and want to keep your photos and videos on it, too. There are three different ways for you to download pictures from iCloud, whatever the case may be.

How to download all photos from iCloud to your iPhone or iPad

During the initial setup of iCloud, if you were trying to conserve space on your iPhone, there is a possibility that you selected the option to optimize iPhone storage. This means you can view your iCloud photos and videos, but they do not appear on your iPhone. Changing this setting and making sure that all your iCloud photos are downloaded to your iPhone is fairly simple. Just follow these steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap [your name] > iCloud > Photos.
  3. Select Download and Keep Originals.

How to download all photos from iCloud to your iPhone or iPad

In the process of setting up a new iPhone or iPad, you will be asked if you would like to restore your information from iCloud backup as one of the steps in the setup process. The photos as well as the videos that you have backed up will be included in this process as well. You can still retrieve the photos even if you have missed this step, but you will have to first erase your iPhone before you can do so. So, before you go through all that trouble, you’ll want to verify that you still have the right backup on iCloud:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.
  3. Click on the backup to see its timestamp.

You can restore your phone from an iCloud backup once you know that you have the right backup:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  3. After your phone reboots, follow the prompts to the App & Data screen.
  4. Select Restore from iCloud backup.
  5. Log in to your iCloud account and then select a backup.

How to download photos from an iCloud Shared Album to an iPhone or iPad

There are a number of nice things about iCloud, one of which is the fact that you can share your pictures very easily using the iCloud photo sharing features. It is possible to download an album shared with you by someone else to your iPhone if they made the following steps:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on the Albums tab.
  3. Scroll down to Shared Albums and then tap on an album. 
  4. Select a picture or video, then tap the Share icon in the bottom left corner.
  5. Tap Save Image or Save Video.

You can trust iCloud to back up your photos and videos, and you can also rest assured that they’ll be synced across all your devices. In order to make it simple for you to download your photos and save them to your iPhone or iPad, you can simply tap on them to do so. It couldn’t be any easier than with iCloud for you to keep pictures that you shared from a shared album, whether you’ve got a new phone or you are upgrading.

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