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How to Import Photos from iPhone to iCloud Photo Library?

If you import photos from iPhone to iCloud Photo Library, it lets you organize and store all your photos and videos in one place. Enabling iCloud Photo Library on all your device will give you a fast and quick access to your entire photo and video collection from all the connected devices, including Windows PC.

iCloud Photo Library is the easiest way to keep your entire photo library safe. If your device goes missing or is stolen and you have iCloud Library enabled, you can be rest assured that at least your photos are safe. With iCloud Photo Library enabled on your devices, you can access your photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, on iCloud.com, and even your Windows PC. When your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, all your newest clicked pictures and videos are backed up or uploaded automatically to the iCloud Photo Library. And if you edit a picture, it updates in real time. So you always see the latest version of your device photos. iCloud Photo Library works seamlessly with all your iOS & Mac devices including the Windows PC.

You can either keep all of your photos and videos stored on your device, or you can let iCloud Photo Library manage the device storage for you. In other words, iCloud Photo Library helps you make the most of your pictures, videos, and your devices. All you have to do is enable it! We will talk about how you can optimize iPhone storage or download all your original photos using iCloud Photo Library in our future posts.

Import Photos from iPhone to iCloud Photo Library

Before we begin importing iPhone photos

  1. Make sure that your iPhone is up to date, meaning it’s running on the latest software.
  2. Set up iCloud on all of your devices i.e iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and Apple TV. If you have a PC, you can also download iCloud for Windows to keep it synced with the latest photos and videos. Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  3. Make sure that your device is connected to Wi-Fi.
  4. Turn on iCloud Photo Library:
    • On your iPhone go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then turn on iCloud Photo Library. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Photos.
      –  Then tap on the toggle to the right of iCloud Photo Library to turn it on if it’s not (green) already.
    • On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud. Click the Options button next to Photos, then select iCloud Photo Library.
    • On your PC, follow the steps to set up iCloud Photo Library.
      – Download iCloud for Windows.
      – Open iCloud for Windows.
      – Next to Photos, click Options.
      – Select iCloud Photo Library.
      – Click Done, then click Apply.

Note: The photos and videos that you keep in iCloud Photo Library use your iCloud storage. Before you turn on iCloud Photo Library, make sure that you have enough space in iCloud to store your entire collection.

The biggest advantages of using iCloud Photo Library are that it streamlines and synchronizes your entire photo and video collection across all your devices. You have the access to the same collection from multiple devices including the Windows PC. Another advantage is that you have an option to compress your library and optimize your device storage space. By compressing we mean that the iCloud Photo Library will keep lower resolution images and videos on your device and save the full-resolution versions on iCloud.

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