How to Access iCloud Photos on iPhone, PC, and Mac? Step-by-Step Guide

2024-03-08 09:46:17/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

"I have always been in the habit of backing up the photos on my iPhone in iCloud. But I haven't researched how to see iCloud photos on my computer. Is it possible to access iCloud photos on my Windows 11 computer? How to do it?"


iCloud is a popular Apple cloud storage service that allows you to easily backup and restore all the data on your iOS devices. However, are you finding it difficult to access iCloud Photos? In particular, accessing iCloud Photos from different devices can feel confusing. Don't worry -- in this article, we'll walk you through how to view iCloud Photos on your iPhone, Mac, or PC.

access icloud photos

Way 1: How to Access Photos on iCloud by iCloud Photos Extractor

If you want to find the most simple and reliable way to access iCloud photos, then you can try the professional iCloud Photos Extractor - MobiKin Doctor for iOS. This software is suitable for helping you recover lost data on iOS devices. However, its "iCloud Data Recovery" function also capable of extracting and saving the contents of iCloud backups to the computer.

More highlights of MobiKin Doctor for iOS:

  • Extract and access photos on iCloud backup.
  • Provide three ways to recover lost data from iPhone/iPad/iPod.
  • Scan and recover contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, etc. from iOS devices.
  • Selectively restore data from iCloud/iTunes backup to your computer.
  • Back up and restore data between iPhone/iPad/iPod and iTunes.
  • Run smoothly on overall iOS devices, including iPhone 14/13/12/11/11 Pro/X/XS/8/7/6, iPad, and iPod touch.

doctor for ios win icloud data recovery for mac

To learn how to access iCloud photos using Doctor for iOS, follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch iCloud Photos Extractor

After downloading and installing the iCloud Photos Extractor, choose "Recover from iCloud" and fill in your Apple ID and password.

recover from icloud mode

Step 2. Download iCloud sync files

After logging into iCloud, you need to select the types of data you want to see and click "Next". After that your iCloud synced files will be downloaded.

scan data in icloud backup

Step 3. Start to view iCloud photos on computer

Now, you can click the "photos" category from the left sidebar, preview the photos in your iCloud backup, and save them to your computer by clicking the "Recover to Computer" button on the bottom right corner.

view icloud photos via icloud photos extractor

You May Want to Know:

Way 2: How to Access iCloud Photos from iPhone

You can easily get into icloud photos on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly using a few steps provided below. But please noted that your existing data on your iOS device including photos will be wiped out.

Step 1: Enable My Photo Stream and Library

Go to your iPhone's "Settings" app, choose iCloud and tap your Apple ID name. Toggle on the "Photos" option and enable "My Photo Stream" and "iCloud Photo Library".

check if icloud photo library is enabled

Step 2: Reset iPhone

To see iCloud photos on your iPhone, you need to restore your iPhone to factory settings. Hence, you run the risk of losing important data. We recommend that you back up the data on your iPhone first, or move to other solutions.

To factory reset your iPhone, you need to head to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings".

reset iphone

Step 3: Restore from iCloud photos

After resetting your iPhone, your iPhone will automatically restart and enter the setup steps. During iPhone setup, choose to "Restore from iCloud backup". Then, you can successfully look at iCloud photos on your iPhone.

restore from icloud backup

See Also:

Way 3: How to Access iCloud Photos on Mac

How do you access iCloud photos on Mac? Actually, it's very simple. Mac allows you to manage photos from different devices in one place. You just need to follow these steps:

  • Open the "System Preferences" window located on your Mac's default "Apple Menu".
  • Click on the "iCloud" feature which will then redirect you to a new window where you will be prompted to log into your "iCloud" account.
  • system preferences on mac

  • Once you have successfully logged into your account, you can then proceed to go to the iCloud Photos options and enable "iCloud Photo Library" and "My Photo Stream".
  • access icloud photos on mac

  • Save the above changes and exit the application.
  • Now, you can launch the Photos app and access all your synced iCloud photos.

Way 4: How to Access Pictures on iCloud from PC

Accessing photos on iCloud on Windows is also extremely easy. Please follow the simple instructions below.

Option 1. Using "iCloud for Windows"

  • First of all, visit the official iCloud website ( and download the iCloud for Windows installation file depending on your PC's operating system.
  • After the program has successfully installed, launch it and login to your iCloud account using the Apple ID and password you have been using on your Apple devices.
  • Once logged in, enable the "Photos" category and choose "Options".
  • manage photos on windows pc

  • Make sure the "iCloud Photo Library" and "Photo Stream" options are enabled.
  • access pictures on icloud from pc

  • Once your photos are synced, you can view your iCloud photos in corresponding categories.

Option 2. Using ""

  • Visit and log in your Apple ID and password.
  • login icloud on windows

  • Click the Photos icon and you can then view iCloud photos online. Also you can download selected photos to your PC.

Final Thoughts

By following these handy and simple solutions above, you can easily access photos from iCloud. But only if you remember to make regular backups in your iCloud. So, which method is the most practical and efficient? Obviously, the first method, using MobiKin Doctor for iOS, is more advantageous in managing iCloud backups:

  • You can not only access iCloud content, but also preview it before downloading to computer.
  • You can selectively download the files you want, such as photos, notes and other iCloud backups to PC, instead of syncing all of them and causing unnecessary data loss.
  • You can also recover data from iTunes backup, and even recover lost files directly from iOS devices without backup.

doctor for ios win icloud data recovery for mac

Related Articles:

Free iPhone File Explorer/Manager to Browse iOS Data on PC/Mac

3 Simple Methods to Transfer MP3 to iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS Max/8

Transfer to New iPhone from Old iPhone/Android/PC [Definitive]

Want to Transfer CSV from PC to iPhone? Solutions Are Here!

[5 Ways] How to View/Get iPhone Text Messages on Computer

How to Transfer iPhone Files to PC without iTunes Easily?

Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
Home> Resource> iOS Transfer> How to Access iCloud Photos on iPhone, PC, and Mac? Step-by-Step Guide

FeedbackHelp us make our website better for you

Please select your question type and we'll guide you to the right service team.