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

Thanks to iCloud, keeping all your iPhone or iPad images backed up couldn’t be easier. Your photos are safely stored in the cloud, so if something happens to your device, you don’t have to worry about losing those irreplaceable photos. But after replacing your iPhone, how do you download your images from iCloud? Or how do you save the images someone shared with you through a shared album on iCloud? Well, keep reading and this article will show you how to download photos from iCloud to iPhone.

Before downloading photos from iCloud

It is not uncommon for photo libraries to take up a lot of space. So, before downloading images from iCloud to iPhone, you need to check how big your iCloud Photo Library is and how much free space is available on your iPhone. If you are low on storage space, our app Gemini Pictures help to.

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 to the Settings app.
  2. Tap General> iPhone Storage.

If your iPhone has enough free storage space to accommodate your photo library, you can start the download. However, you may want to clean up a bit before starting the process, as local iPhone storage is limited. Use our Gemini Photos app to quickly scan your images and videos and trim a few gigabytes from your photo library.

Follow these steps to shrink your photo library before downloading it from iCloud to your iPhone:

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

If all the photos on your iPhone are synced to iCloud, deleting a photo with Gemini Photos will also remove it from your iCloud Photo Library. That way, you will have fewer photos to download on your iPhone.

How to Get Photos from iCloud: The 3 Most Common Cases

Maybe you’ve been saving your images solely to the cloud and now you want to make sure you have a copy saved directly to your iPhone. Or maybe you just bought a new iPad and want to save your photos there too. Whatever the case, here are three ways to download images from iCloud.

How to Download All Photos from iCloud to Your iPhone or iPad

If you were trying to save space on your iPhone when you initially set up iCloud, you may have selected the option to optimize your iPhone storage, which means that you can view your iCloud pictures and videos, but they are not saved on your device. To change those settings and download all your photos from iCloud to your iPhone, just follow these steps:

  1. Open configuration.
  2. Tap [your name] > iCloud> Photos.
  3. Select Download and keep originals.

How to Recover Photos from an iCloud Backup

When upgrading to a new iPhone or iPad, one of the steps in the setup process will ask if you want to restore your information from an iCloud backup. That includes the images and videos that you have backed up. If you missed this step, you can still get those photos back, but you will need to erase your iPhone first. So before you go through all that trouble, you’ll want to verify that you still have the correct backup to iCloud:

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

Once you know that you have the correct iCloud backup, you can follow these steps to erase and restore your phone:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Touch General> Reset> Erase all content and settings.
  3. After your phone restarts, follow the prompts on the applications and data screen.
  4. Select Restore from iCloud backup.
  5. Sign in to your iCloud account and then select a backup.

How to Download Photos from iCloud Shared Album to iPhone or iPad

One of the great things about iCloud is how easy it is to share your images using iCloud’s photo sharing features. If someone has shared an album with you, this is how you can download those photos to your iPhone:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Touch the Albums tab.
  3. Scroll down to Shared Albums, and then touch an album.
  4. Select an image or video, then tap the Share icon in the lower left corner.
  5. Touch Save Image or Save Video.

When you use iCloud to save your photos and videos, not only can you be sure that they are all safely backed up, but you can also be sure that they are in sync across all your devices. So when you’re ready to download and save those photos to your iPhone or iPad, you can do it with just a few taps. Whether you’re upgrading to a new phone or just want to save pictures from a shared album, it couldn’t be easier than with iCloud.

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