Uploading images to Apple’s iCloud lets you back up your memories, and then access your photos from wherever you go.
In this tutorial we’ll show you how to transfer photos into iCloud using iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, Macs and Windows PCs. We’ll also go over the various choices you can make when it comes to storing photos on your devices and help you troubleshoot issues that are common.
How do I upload images to iCloud via iPhone or iPad
Follow these steps to enable iCloud to ensure that your pictures will be uploaded automatically.
1. Go to Settings This is the icon for the cog on your home screen.
2. Choose your name
3. Tap iCloud
4. Tap Photos
5. Turn on iCloud Photos Make sure that the next button on iCloud Photos is green. Tap it to switch colors.
6. Choose how you’d like to store your pictures There are two options available to you:
- Optimize iPhone Storage. Your phone will have smaller-resolution, optimized copies of your iCloud photos , while high-resolution (and larger file sizes) versions will be saved in iCloud (and can be accessed via access to the internet)
- Download and Keep Originals. This feature lets you download all your images and videos in full resolution. It allows you to enjoy better quality images all the time, however it will require larger storage capacity.
7. Turn on Upload to My Photo Stream Click the slider to switch from red to green (if you haven’t yet). By enabling this, all new videos and photos will automatically be uploaded to iCloud every time you connect to WiFi.
How do I upload images to iCloud using Mac
Uploading photos to iCloud using an Mac the only thing you need to do is just drag your selected images in the Photos library. All photos or videos saved there will be automatically transferred into iCloud Photos. These could include images taken with a camera, video content that you’ve downloaded from the internet, any content which you’ve shared as well as any other images or videos that you can save in appropriate file formats.
This can be done by opening the folders of the flash drive or hard drive Downloads folder, Finder by drag and drop the contents. For this to be done, mark the content you would like to upload and drag it into your iCloud Photos window.
The first step is to have to make sure that you’ve got iCloud Photos on. How to do this:
1. Open the Photos app
2. Click on the Photos tab in the menu bar. This is located on the left hand side of the screen.
3. Select Preferences
4. Select the option next the word „iCloud Photos“
5. Select the method you’d like to save your images Two options are available:
- Optimize iPhone Storage. Your phone will be able to store smaller-resolution, optimized versions of your photos from iCloud while the full-resolution (and larger files) versions are stored within the cloud (and are available whenever you have Internet access).
- Download and Keep Originals. This feature allows you to download all your pictures and videos in high-resolution. This means that you can view better quality images all the time, however it will take up greater storage.
How to upload pictures to iCloud using a Windows PC
Upload photos to iCloud even if it’s not an Apple product. It’s a few extra steps, but once you’ve figured out how to go about it, it’s the same as uploading photos from your Mac.
1. Download iCloud for Windows Check out Apple Support and download the iCloud app on Windows.
2. Open iCloud for Windows After installation, you can simply start after installation, and then launch the iCloud for Windows program.
3. Select Options
4. Select iCloud Photo Library
5. Click Done
6. Click Apply This will establish your preferences.
7. You can enable iCloud Photo Library on your iOS devices This permits you to sync. You can also choose the specifics you want to share across devices like your Photo Stream, as well as whether you upload and download new photos to your computer in a timely manner. If you do not choose the auto option, then you’ll have to follow the additional instructions below for uploading individual photos.
8. Open Windows Explorer
9. Select icloud Photos
10. Select Upload Photos
11. Choose the images you wish to upload.
12. Select Open
You can also use Drag and Drop. Simply drop them into the folder called Uploads on your Mac. It is probably easier if you upload multiple images.
How can you save your photos onto the iPhone or iPad
We’ve already talked about the options available to you, it’s up to you to decide which way to store your photos using the iPhone or iPad dependent on your preference for image quality and storage capacity.
There are two options available to you:
Optimize iPhone Storage
Your phone will have optimized, lower resolution versions of your iCloud pictures while the full-resolution (and larger file sizes) versions will be saved in the cloud (and accessible whenever you are connected to the internet).
Because the files are smaller, the time to transfer them between devices will be faster, too.
Download and Keep Originals
This option allows you to download all your images and videos in high-resolution. This means that you can view better quality images all the time, however it will take up larger storage capacity.
This is especially helpful if it connects to bigger screens since the original high resolution may not be compatible with the screen.
Why do photos not upload to iCloud?
There are many reasons to why your pictures might not be uploaded to iCloud. Most often it’s due to iCloud Photo Library not being disabled, not having enough iCloud Storage, having issues with the network or an issue in the iCloud account.
They can typically be quickly fixed:
- iCloud Photos Library isn’t enabledMake use of the iPhone or iPad to go to Settings > [Your Name] >> iCloud > Photos. Then, make sure the slider beside iCloud Photos turns green. In the event that it’s green, iCloud Photos is enabled. If not, simply tap it to switch colors and then turn it off.
- Unavailable iCloud storageTo see how much storage space is in your phone, visit Settings > Your Nameand iCloud. You may choose to purchase additional iCloud Storage If you’d like. Or, you might need to remove any unwanted photos from your iCloud.
- It’s a problem with your network Check Settings > Photo >> Cellular Data to check that you’re connected to the internet, regardless of whether this is via WiFi or Cellular Data. You can check that the strength of signal there too.
- Login issue in problems with login to your iCloud accountClick the Settings menu and select [Your Name] from then here you will be able to see if you are logged in iCloud. If you’ve changed the password for your Apple ID then you’ll have to update the credentials on this page.
How long will it take for images to transfer to iCloud?
The amount of time it takes to upload your videos and photos to be uploaded to iCloud will be contingent on the number of images you wish to upload as well as how fast your connection to the internet is.
When you’ve got significant quantity of videos and photos you wish to upload, this might take longer than the normal. It is possible to check the progress of the upload and stop the upload for a day should you require. For this, follow these steps:
- If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings, [Your Name] Photos in iCloud. Or, you can go to your Photos app, choose the Photos tab, then scroll down until the bottom, and press“Pause.
- On your Mac Open Your Mac and open Photos app. Click Photos in the sidebar. Click Moments or Photos on the toolbar. Scroll down to the end of your photos and choose Pause.