[Recommended] 4 Simple Ways to View Photos on iCloud

BoeyUpdated by Boey Wong / Jan 27, 2021 09:15

I uploaded my husband’s photo library to the Photos app without any problem on his account on my Mac. But when I’m trying to access iCloud photos online, about half his iCloud photos cannot be found. They have the correct photos respectively in the Photos app but are empty on icloud.com pictures.

Although Apples offers users this useful tool to save and backup pictures, music, messages etc, and view iCloud pictures on any web browser by logging into iCloud account, it doesn’t give you too much control of iCloud. Not only that can’t you reach part of the data, but also may you come across with above depressed situation that some of the pictures are not there when viewing iCloud photos online.

View iCloud Photos

How to View iCloud Photos?


Guide List

Some of the new iPhone users may wonder “How do I access my iCloud?” For your information, please read following tutorial to see how to get access to iCloud photos online.

1. How to Get Pictures from iCloud by FoneLab

Step 1Choose Recover from iCloud Backup File.

Launch the program on PC or Mac, connect your iPhone with it, and then click Recover from iCloud Backup File.

Select Function

Step 2Enter Apple ID and Password.

Now you can sign in iCloud with Apple ID and Password as requested.

Login iCloud

Step 3Pick iCloud backups to download and start to scan.

You will see a list of all back up files from iCloud on the main panel after accessing iCloud account. Select the one you want to download. Wait for a while, the program will scan contents from the downloaded iCloud backups automatically.

Recover Messages from iCloud

Step 4Preview photos on iCloud.

Once the scanning is finished, you can see the contents listed in a column. Select whatever kind of data type you want to preview details. Check contents you decide to extract in the box, and then click Recover. Wait a moment and you can see what is in your iCloud backups.

Recover Messages from iCloud

Also learn how to view iCloud safari history.

Why choose FoneLab:

FoneLab for iOS
FoneLab for iOS

With FoneLab for iOS, you will recover the lost/deleted iPhone data including photos, contacts, videos, files, WhatsApp, Kik, Snapchat, WeChat and more data from your iCloud or iTunes backup or device.

  • Recover photos, videos, contacts, WhatsApp, and more data with ease.
  • Preview data before recovery.
  • iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available.

I highly suggest that FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery can help you access iCloud and view pictures successfully! This software enables you to download iCloud backup and save photos to your computer as well. Please download the free trial version to have a try now.

FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery is also perfectly suitable for those who accidently deleted photos on iPhone and want to return them back. It not only allows you to retrieve photos from iCloud, but also provides you to restore iPhone pictures from iTunes and from the iOS device directly.

2. How to View iCloud Photos on iPhone

iCloud Photo Library safely stores all your photos and videos in iCloud, so they're available on all your devices. If you have set up and used it on your computer, it uploads photos and video so you can view them in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and icloud.com.


How to Turn On iCloud Photo Library?

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

iOS 10.3 or later: Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos > turn on iCloud Photo Library

iOS 10.2 or earlier: Settings > iCloud > Photos

enable icloud photo library on device settings

You can view your iCloud photos on your iPhone, iPad or other devices after above-mentioned steps are done on your device.

But how to view them on iPhone?

Step 1Go to the Photos app on the home screen.

Step 2Find the Photo Stream and tap on it.

3. How Do You View Your Photos on iCloud Web Page

Step 1Open a browser that is available and enter icloud.com in the Address bar, press Enter on the keyboard.

Log onto iCloud Site

Step 2Sign into iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Then you will get as below.

Click Settings on the page

Step 3Click on the icon of Photos to view iCloud pictures.

How can you do if you have donwloaded the iCloud program on your PC? It allows you to use another simple way to view the iCloud photos on computer.


If you begin to think about that how to view iCloud photos without iPhone, keep moving.

4. How to Access iCloud Photos on Windows/Mac

iCloud for Windows creates a Photos folder in File Explorer called iCloud Photos when you turn on Photos. Then it uploads new photos and videos that you add to the iCloud Photos Uploads folder on your PC. So you can folow below steps to find photos on your PC.

How to Access iCloud Photos on Windows

1. Set Up iCloud for Windows

Step 1Download iCloud for Windows.

Step 2Restart your computer.

Step 3Make sure iCloud for Windows is open. If it doesn't open automatically, go to Start, open Apps or Programs, and open iCloud for Windows.

Click Settings on the page

Step 4Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.

Step 5Choose the features and content that you want to keep up to date across your devices.

Step 6Click Apply.

2. View iCloud Photos on Windows

Windows 10:  From the Start menu, scroll down and open the iCloud folder. Select iCloud Photos.

Windows 8.1: From the Start screen, click the down arrow in the bottom-left corner, then click the iCloud Photos app.

Windows 8: From the Start screen, select iCloud Photos.

Windows 7: Click the Windows Start button, then click Pictures. Click iCloud Photos or Photo Stream under the Favorites menu in the panel on the left. Double-click My Photo Stream to view your photos. This also shows up as a folder in the window that appears.

Click Settings on the page

How to Access iCloud Photos on Windows

Mac with OS X 10.10.3 or later

Step 1Go to System Preferences > iCloud

Step 2Click Options next to Photos, then select iCloud Photo Library.

enable icloud photo library on mac

So you might be wondering...

5. How to Backup iPhone Photos

The best bet to prevent data loss is to backup iPhone data in time. It enables you to access iPhone data, including photos, videos, audios, document, playlist and more with ease. Here we will introduce the top 3 ways to backup iPhone photos effectively.

Option 1: Backup iPhone Photo with iCloud

iCloud is the most popular Apple way for iPhone users to backup and restore iPhone data. Of course you can choose other similar cloud services to do this, so you choose the best onea ccording to your needs.

iCloud allows you to execute the operation on iPhone settings, webpage, or computer iCloud program. Each method can make you get photos on wherever you want through logging in the same account.

Backup iPhone photos

Option 2: Backup iPhone Photo with iTunes

As you know, iCloud has its limits like storage of 5GB, internet connection requirement and more. So iTunes is another Apple way if you don't like iCloud.

It is a simple tool for iPhone user with a Windows computer, transfer photos, videos, contacts and more without barriers.

Backup iPhone Photo with iTunes

Option 3: Backup iPhone Photo with FoneLab

If you don't want to waste too much space for the backup file on iCloud or computer, FoneLab can satisfy you. It backs up data with data. format, which won't take much storage on the computer and you can easily restore data from this backup file selectively and safely.

FoneLab iOS Data Backup & Restore
FoneLab iOS Data Backup & Restore

FoneLab enables you to backup and restore iPhone/iPad/iPod without data loss.

  • Backup and restore iOS data to your PC/Mac easily..
  • Preview data in detail before you restore data from backups.
  • Backup and restore iPhone, iPad and iPod touch data Selectively.
Choose iOS Data Backup

It is obvious that there are still other solutions to backup iPhone data, please leave comments below if you have better recommends.

You can also use the software to restore iPad from iCloud backup or extract iTunes backup for iOS device. The most advantage is that you have an option to recover only what you want, comparing with common recovery way via iTunes or iCloud. And you will not lose your existing data. Certainly, it is achievable to restore bookmarks in safari or other iOS data.

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