How to Upload Photos and Videos from iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive?

Shreyas Patil
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How to Upload Photos and Videos from iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive


Amazon Cloud Drive is a great place to backup and access your photos and videos from all your devices. With the Amazon Photos app, it's easy to upload media directly from your iPhone.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk through everything you need to know to upload photos and videos from your iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive.


Before you can start uploading, there are a few prerequisites:

  • An Amazon account
  • The Amazon Photos app installed on your iPhone
  • An active internet connection on your iPhone
  • Photos and videos on your iPhone camera roll that you want to upload

Let's look at each of these prerequisites in more detail.

Amazon Account

Amazon Account

First, you need an Amazon account. If you don't already have one, just go to and click on "Create your Amazon account". Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your account.

Amazon Photos App

Next, you need to install the free Amazon Photos app on your iPhone. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Search for "Amazon Photos".
  3. Tap "Get" to download and install the app.
  4. Open the app and sign in with your Amazon account credentials.

The Amazon Photos app provides access to your Cloud Drive photos and videos library. We will use it to upload media from the iPhone.

Internet Connection

To upload photos and videos, your iPhone needs to be connected to the internet - either via Wi-Fi or your mobile data plan.

Make sure you have an active internet connection before trying to upload. Uploads will fail if you lose connectivity.

Photos/Videos to Upload

Finally, you need some photos or videos in your Camera Roll that you want to back up to the cloud.

The Amazon Photos app can upload any media in your Camera Roll - new photos you just took, existing photos, videos, animated GIFs, etc.

So make sure you have media in your Camera Roll that you want to upload.

Now that we've covered the prerequisites, let's move on to actually uploading photos/videos from iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive.

Connect iPhone to Amazon Photos

When you first open the Amazon Photos app, it will guide you through connecting your Amazon account and getting set up. Just follow the on-screen prompts.

If you already have the app installed, here are the steps to connect your iPhone:

  1. Open the Amazon Photos app.
  2. Tap the ≡ hamburger menu in the upper left.
  3. Choose "Settings".
  4. Under "Your Account", choose your Amazon account.
  5. Tap "Use This Account".

This links the app to your personal Cloud Drive storage.

Enable Auto-Save

The easiest way to upload photos & videos is to enable Auto-Save in the Amazon Photos app. This will automatically upload every photo/video you take to the cloud.

Here is how to turn on Auto-Save:

  1. Open the hamburger menu ≡ and choose "Settings".
  2. Tap "Turn On Auto Save".
  3. Choose "Auto Save" under Photo Upload Quality.

That's it! Now any new photo or video you take will automatically be uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive in full original quality.

The uploads will start as soon as you take new photos/videos. Just leave the Amazon Photos app running in the background.

Manually Upload Photos/Videos

Alternatively, you can manually select photos/videos to upload:

  1. Open the Amazon Photos app.
  2. Tap the ≡ hamburger menu.
  3. Choose "Camera Roll" or "Albums".
  4. Tap "Select" in the upper right.
  5. Tap the photos/videos you want to upload. A ✓ will appear on each selected item.
  6. Tap "Upload" in the upper right.

The app will now upload just the media you selected to Amazon Cloud Drive.

This allows you to upload specific photos or videos on demand.

View Uploaded Photos/Videos

To view your uploaded photos and videos in the cloud:

  1. Open the Amazon Photos app.
  2. Tap the ≡ hamburger menu.
  3. Choose "Cloud Drive".

This will show all your photos and videos sorted by date. You can tap a photo/video to view it.

From here you can also download media to your iPhone or share links.

Access Cloud Drive on Other Devices

Once your photos and videos are in Amazon Cloud Drive, you can access them from any device:

  • Web: Visit
  • Mobile: Use the Amazon Photos app on iOS/Android
  • Computer: Install the Amazon Photos desktop app

So your media is available on all your devices instantly!

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Tips for Fast Uploads

Here are some tips for the fastest photo and video uploads from your iPhone to the cloud:

  • Use WiFi instead of cellular data - Uploads will be much faster on a WiFi connection.
  • Upload small batches at a time - Large batches of photos/videos will take longer to upload.
  • Leave the app open in the foreground - Uploads pause if you switch to another app.
  • Use a strong internet connection - Uploads are faster on newer, faster networks like 5G and fiber internet.
  • Plug your phone in to charge - Being plugged in prevents your battery from dying during large uploads.
  • Enable Auto-Save - With auto-save enabled, uploads start instantly after you take new photos/videos.

By following these tips, your uploads should complete as fast as possible!

Troubleshooting Uploads

If you are having trouble getting photos or videos to upload from your iPhone, here are some things to try:

Check internet connection - Make sure your phone has a strong WiFi or cellular data connection. Uploads will fail without an internet connection.

Restart the app - Force quit and relaunch the Amazon Photos app if uploads get stuck. This will reset any issues.

Enable Auto-Save - Turn on Auto-Save so uploads start instantly after you take new photos/videos.

Update the app - Install the latest version of the Amazon Photos app from the App Store in case of bug fixes.

Check Amazon Cloud Drive storage - Your upload may fail if your account exceeds the free storage quota. You may need to purchase more space.

Contact support - If all else fails, contact Amazon customer support for further troubleshooting help.

With some persistence, you should be able to resolve any upload problems.


Uploading photos and videos from your iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive is a great way to create backups and access your media anywhere.

With the Amazon Photos app, enabling Auto-Save provides the most seamless iPhone uploading experience. You also have the options to manually select photos/videos to upload as needed.

Your media will be safely stored in the cloud automatically as you take new photos and videos on your iPhone. Access the uploads from all your devices instantly.

We covered everything you need to know to successfully get your iPhone photos and videos backed up to Amazon Cloud Drive. Just follow the steps outlined in this guide and you will have a seamless media backup solution.


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about uploading photos and videos from an iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive:

How do I upload photos and videos from my iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive?

You can upload photos/videos from your iPhone by using the Amazon Photos app. Turn on Auto-Save or manually select photos/videos to upload them to the cloud.

Does Amazon Cloud Drive automatically backup my iPhone?

If you enable Auto-Save in the Amazon Photos app, it will automatically upload every new photo/video you take to Cloud Drive as a backup.

How long does it take to upload photos/videos from iPhone?

Upload speeds depend on your internet connection and number of files. Small batches on 5G or WiFi only take a minute or two. Large batches on slower connections can take much longer.

Where do I find my uploaded photos and videos in Amazon Cloud Drive?

Open the Amazon Photos app, tap the hamburger menu, and select "Cloud Drive" to see all your uploaded media sorted by date.

Can I access my uploaded media on other devices like a computer?

Yes, your Amazon Cloud Drive photos and videos are available on any device using the Amazon Photos app or by visiting in a desktop web browser.

Does uploading photos from my iPhone use mobile data?

Uploads will use mobile data instead of WiFi if WiFi is unavailable. To avoid data overages, make sure to upload on WiFi whenever possible.

What photo and video formats can I upload?

You can upload all standard photo formats like JPG, PNG, GIF, and common video formats like MP4, MOV, AVI. Raw camera files may not upload correctly.

Is my iPhone media still saved locally after uploading?

Yes, uploading creates a copy in the cloud while keeping your original photos/videos in your local Camera Roll. Enable the "Free Up Space" option to delete local copies after upload.

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