[Detailed Guide] How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone/iPad

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Duke Updated on Jun 11, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

"I have backed up all my iPhone photos to iCloud and I really want them on my iPad. I was told that iCloud is one of the best choices. As an Apple device rookie, I'm here to ask, could anyone please tell me how to do that? Download photos from iCloud to iPad?"

Yes indeed, iCloud is one of the best choices to transfer photos from iPhone to iCloud. As the online backup and storage service provided by Apple officially, iCloud is much useful than iTunes. And iCloud Photo Library, one part of iCloud Backup, could help you to sync the photos on your devices easily as long as you have a good network connection.

Part 1: How to download photos from iCloud to iPhone/iPad

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone/iPad and go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos.

Step 2. Tap the option Photos and turn on "iCloud Photos Library", this function will help you to sync all the photos on other devices to this iPad.

Step 3. Go to Photos app on your iPad and find these photos.

How to download photos from iCloud to iPhone/iPad

iCloud Backup is a wireless method to back up iPhone/iPad data. But, you may have noticed that there is only 5 GB storage for all kinds of iCloud data. And, iCloud Backup will be highly affected by the network condition. In fact, you could find many kinds of other tools to back up iPhone data.

Part 2: How to back up iPhone/iPad data with free iPhone/iPad content manager?

The best choice of iCloud/iTunes Backup would be a completely Free iPad data transfer. EaseUS MobiMover Free is a good option. With MobiMover, you can transfer everything from iPhone/iPad to computer, sync data between two iOS devices or download files from computer to your iPhone without iTunes syncing. 

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer with a USB cable. Tap Trust on your device screen when a pop-up asks to trust this computer. Run EaseUS MobiMover and go to the main screen. 

MobiMover mainscreen

Step 2: Click the Folder icon or the computer icon to set the location for backing up iPhone data. Or you can directly click Next and let MobiMover save the backup files at a desktop folder. 

set the location for backing up iPhone data

Step 3: You can back up the whole iPhone/iPad data at one time. Or uncheck Select all and keep the categories you'd like to transfer.

data loading screen

Step 4: Click Transfer and MobiMover will start to back up your iPhone/iPad to the computer. When it's completed, you can click View to check the items. If the exported data is saved as a .html file on your computer, thus you need to open it with a browser to view the details.

back up iPhone data