New to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone? Here’s What You Need to Know

EelPhone author Alex Scott, 29 December, 2018


Downloading photos from iCloud to iPhone from iCloud directly, you can also move photos from iCloud to iPhone by iCloud Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library. Put iCloud photos back on iPhone by Mobile Transfer only need 5 steps.

iCloud is of great convenience for users and thus it gains popularity. It can back up the information automatically every night when users connect their iOS devices to power or wireless network so that all the data of users can be completely restored. Therefore, when users get a new device, they don't need to worry about the data because they can easily download all data from the iCloud. But sometimes you may only want your photos rather than all the information. Photos not downloading from iCloud to iPhone? We are glad to tell you that we have four methods to introduce to you about how to download photos from iCloud to iPhone XS / XS Max / XR / X / 8/ 7 / 6s / 6 / 5s / 5c / 4S / 4.

Method 1: How to Download iCloud Photos to New iPhone

To download photos from iCloud to iPhone, you should make sure that you have had the iCloud backup enabled and have backed up your recent phone data. What's more, it is important to note that if you choose this method, all the content and settings of your iPhone will be deleted, so considering carefully before you do in this way.
The recovery steps for the iCloud backup data are as follows:

Step 1: You need to erase the data on the iPhone device and open the “ Settings ” > “ General ” > “ Restore ” > “ Erase all the Content and Settings ”.
Step 2: Then you should reopen the phone and enter into the recovery interface following the screen prompt. When you see “ Set up Your iPhone ” screen, you should click the “ Restore from iCloud Backup ”.
Step 3: Your iPhone will ask for your “ Apple ID ” and “ Password ”. After inputting the numbers, click “ Sign in with Your iCloud Apple ID ”. In this time, your phone should stay connected to the network.
Step 4: Now you should select the backup you want to restore and be careful to choose the backup according to the time when it performs.
Step 5: Your phone will take about half an hour to recover the information according to your network speed. After recovering successfully, you can use your phone as usual.

Method 2: Download Photos from iCloud Photo Stream to iPhone

Photo Stream is a part of iCloud service. When you take a picture on an iOS device or import a photo from a digital camera, Photo Stream will automatically upload the new photo to iCloud and push it to all your other devices over Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.

Here are the instructions:
Step 1: Find the “ Settings ” icon on the home screen and open it.
Step 2: Choose “ iCloud ” on the list of option and then click the “ Photos ”.
Step 3: In the “ Photos ” setting, turn on the “ My Photo Stream ” switch.
Now your photos will be downloaded on your iPhone from iCloud synchronously.

Method 3: Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to iPhone

Different from Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Library will upload the entire photo library of your device including videos to the iCloud with original format for full resolution storage, where you can store as many photos and videos as you want as long as you have enough space.

To see how to download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to your iPhone, please read the guides below:
Step 1: Open the same “ Settings ” application on your iPhone and find the “ iCloud ”.
Step 2: Enter into “ Photos ” and press the “ iCloud Photo Library ” switch to turn on it.
Step 3: Under the “ iCloud Photo Library ” switch, you can see “ Download and Keep Originals ” which you should choose. Now you can have all of your photos from iCloud on your iPhone.

Method 4: How to Download Pictures from iCloud to iPhone in 5 Steps

The above three methods can download pictures from iCloud to iPhone, maybe you only want to download some photos from iCloud to iPhone, maybe you think the above method is too complicated, or you are not satisfied with the above methods, come on, use Eelphone Mobile Transfer, simple operation, get selected photos from iCloud to iPhone.

Step 1: Get the Mobile Transfer and launch it, click “ Restore from Backups ”.
Download photos from iCloud to iPhone

Step 2: You can see 6 backup types, you choose “ iCloud ”.
Move photos from iCloud to iPhone

Step 3: Sign in your iCloud account and connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable.
Transfer iCloud photos to iPhone

Step 4: Choose one iCloud backup file and then select “ Photos ” to download all photos from iCloud to iPhone. It will cost a little time to download pictures from iCloud to iPhone.
Download pictures from iCloud to iPhone

Step 5: After downloading, click “ Start Transfer ” to download pictures from iCloud.

Alex Scott

This article was updated on 13 June, 2019