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iCloud Photos not downloading on my computer

I have download iCloud client on my Window 10 laptop, but it seems not able to get my photos from iCloud server. I really need to use my photos on PC. How can I solve this problem?

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The cameras on smartphones are improved every year. Everyone could take beautiful pictures without professional camera. iPhone is an outstanding device among all the smartphones and its camera is really excellent.

Apart from the excellent hardware, Apple also provides the solution to help you easily backup iPhone photos.

iCloud Photos helps users upload the camera roll to iCloud. It protects your data because you can easily retrieve your iPhone photos anytime and anywhere as long as you remember your Apple ID. If you are a fan of Apple, having a lot of Apple products, iCloud photos could make you easily share and manage photos on all of your devices.

On your iOS devices, enable iCloud Photos in Settings > [your profile] > iCloud > Photos. You could download iCloud photos on another device like iPhone, iPad, or even PC. If you want to view photos in iCloud backup any time you want.

iCloud Photos Could Not Be Downloaded

The following sections would tell how to download iCloud photos on all of your devices and how to fix the issue if iCloud photos could not be downloaded to iOS devices or computer.

Section 1. How to fix iCloud photos not downloading on iPhone or iPad?

How does iCloud Photos make it easy to manage photos on all of your iCloud devices? The secret is that Apple ID associates all of your devices.

To download photos on another iPhone or iPad, you just need to enable iCloud Photos in Settings on the new device and the photos would be automatically downloaded. By the way, iCloud is not the only tool to transfer photos, you can get more easy ways to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

If you can’t download iCloud photos to iPhone or iPad or find that iCloud photos not showing on iPhone or iPad, you need the following suggestions.

#1 Check your Apple ID

If you have more than one Apple ID, make sure you are using the same ID on the two devices.

#2 Connect iPhone to Wi-Fi

Good network condition is necessary to download massive photos from iCloud.

You need to check the Internet speed on your iPhone. For example, open YouTube to see whether the video could be fluently loaded.

If the Internet is good, the problem might be caused by the iCloud server. It is not iCloud photos not loading. Wait patiently until they are downloaded to your iPhone.

#3 Sign out iCloud again

It might be caused by system glitches so you could solve the problem by restarting the service.

Go to the iPhone Settings > tap your profile > scroll down the screen > tap Sign out > select the data you want to keep > use your Apple ID to sign in again.

Sign out of iCloud

Why are your iPhone photos blurry?
Have you ever selected photos to view in Photos app but find that the photos are all blurry? This is because you have uploaded iPhone photos to iCloud and enabled the option to optimize iPhone storage, so that the photos are but thumbnails. Every time you select a photo to view, it takes time to download from iCloud.

Section 2. How to fix iCloud photos not downloading to PC Windows 10?

To download iCloud photos to Windows computer, you could have 2 ways, using iCloud for Windows or your browser.

If you install iCloud for Windows, you can easily manage your iCloud photos as the local photos.

View Photos on iCloud

If you choose to use a browser, you can download photos from the server after signing in your Apple ID. The specific steps could be found in this article: How to Download iCloud Photos?

What if you can’t download iCloud photos to computer? You need to use the client in the correct way.

#1 Check settings

If you find that iCloud photos not syncing to PC, you might get the wrong Settings in iCloud for Windows, so you can’t use it download iCloud photos.

Open iCloud client, check Photos, and then click Options. Check Upload to My Photo Stream and do remember to check Download new photos and videos to my PC.


#2 Manually Download

You need to manually download photos from iCloud on your PC.

Enter Windows File Explorer > find and select iCloud Photos > click Download photos and videos. Your photos would be saved in the folder Download.

iCloud Photos

Section 3. How to easily sync photos between iPhone and computer?

iCloud Photos issues are often caused by Internet problems. You can have an easier way to sync photos without the Internet.

AOMEI MBackupper is an excellent offline iPhone data transfer. Get AOMEI and never be troubled by iCloud issues.

Steps to transfer photos between iPhone and computer:

Step 1. Click the button below to get the latest installation package of AOMEI MBackupper. Install this software on your computer. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Open AOMEI MBackupper and select Transfer to Computer on the home screen.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click the “+” icon to add photos from iPhone.

Select Files

Step 4. Select the photos from your iPhone and click OK.

Choose Photos

Step 5. Click Transfer button to get photos off iPhone.


If you want to directly send photos from computer to iPhone, select Transfer to iPhone in step 1.


iCloud Photos makes you easily share photos among all of your devices. If you find iCloud photos not downloading to iPhone, iPad, or computer, this passage would be very helpful to fix the issue.

iCloud Photos is not the only option to sync your photos. You could have many other ways to do that and AOMEI MBackupper is an excellent program for you.

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