By Dylan / Last update November 27, 2022

How to backup pictures to iCloud storage

I have more than 1000 photos on my iPhone 14, and I want to save them to my iCloud storage. How can I do it? Thanks

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Your pictures on iPhone should be cared. Due to iPhone’s good quality, you could use it for years so you might have taken many photos and collected beautiful pictures from other apps. It would be a pity to lose them when iPhone is broken or stolen. Except for the physical reasons, some iPhone users also reported that they lost photos after upgrading iOS.

The first thing for you is to save all your pictures to iCloud. Follow this passage to easily start to use iCloud to protect iPhone photos.

How to backup pictures to iCloud on iPhone?

You could backup your photos on iPhone in 2 ways. Your photos could be saved into a folder, iCloud Photos. Then could be synced on another iPhone signed in the same ID and you would get how to view them in the following content. In addition, you could also backup whole iPhone with iCloud to save your photos, but you should note that if you have saved photos to iCloud, iCloud would not add the photos to the full iPhone backup.

Method 1. Backup pictures to iCloud: Go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and toggle on iCloud Photos. After you upload photos to iCloud from iPhone by this way, you could select Optimize iPhone Storage to save iPhone space. You could preview your photos as usual, but it would be blurred if you zoom in it. Wait for several minutes and the full picture would be download. You could sign in another iPhone with the same ID, toggle on iCloud Photos on it and your photos would be downloaded from iCloud to that iPhone.

Turn On iCloud Photos

Method 2. Backup the whole iPhone to iCloud: Go to iCloud > iCloud Backup and toggle on iCloud Backup. You have only 5GB of free iCloud storage. If your iCloud storage is full, you could clear iCloud storage or reduce iCloud backup content. This backup could be only used when you set up iPhone. If you want to view what’s in it, download iCloud backup to computer.

How to backup and access pictures to iCloud on computer?

You could also upload iPhone photo to iCloud on computer and it would be convenient to view all your iCloud photos.

Method 1. Backup pictures to iCloud online: Go to the site of iCloud > sign in Apple ID > click the icon of photos > click the cloud icon or plus icon to upload photos or folders. You could view or download all your iCloud photos on this page. If you delete photos from iCloud, you could recover them in Recently Deleted in 30 days.

iCloud Site

Method 2. Backup pictures to iCloud via client: Download iCloud client for Windows > check Photos and enable Download photos, Upload photos, or Create new folders in Options > go to Windows Explorer > Select iCloud Photos. You could copy your photos to the folder Upload. You could check whether your photos has been uploaded by clicking Download Photos and Videos in the upper-left corner or go to the site of iCloud again.

iCloud Photos

How to quickly and safely backup iPhone pictures without iCloud?

A strong and stable Internet is neccesssary to backup photos to iCloud. It decides how long it takes to upload or download all your photos and you might come across problems about connecting to server like iCloud backup stuck. And it is not a good idea to store some personal files to iCloud considering data security.

You could use FoneTool to backup iPhone photos on computer without Internet. It’s a free tool to save not only photos, but also videos, music, contacts, and messages from iPhone to computer. You could decide your backup and view them on computer.

Preview Photos: You have multiple photos on iPhone and you might not want to save them all. Preview and select what you want with FoneTool to save the needed photos. It also allows you to do this when you restore photos.

Quickly Backup: FoneTool would backup every 100 photos in 2 seconds.

Widely Compatible: You could use this among your Apple family. It supports iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and would perfectly perform with the latest iOS 16.

Backup your pictures in 3 steps

Step 1. Download FoneTool. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

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Secure Download

Step 2. Click "Phone Backup" and go to "Selective Backup". Click the icon to preview and select pictures on your iPhone. Click "OK" to return.

Select Pictures

Step 3. Click "Start Backup" and your photos would be transferred in seconds.

Click On Start Backup


You could backup pictures to iCloud on iPhone or computer. To access your iCloud photos, you could check them online or using iCloud client. You could also use FoneTool to quickly and safely save all your photos to computer without iCloud. If you think this passage is helpful, you could share it to help more people.

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iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
  • iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad