By Dylan / Last update September 7, 2022

How can I see my iCloud Photos?

I want to transfer photos from iCloud to new iPhone but I need to check those photos, so anyone could tell me how to view photos in iCloud backup?

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Using iCloud is a common way for Apple users to save photos. You could conveniently upload photos to iCloud server via iPhone. There are two ways to backup photos to iCloud. You could just enable iCloud Photos on iPhone to save only photos to iCloud or make a full backup of your iPhone, so you also need different ways to view photos in iCloud backup respectively. Follow this passage to view all your photo in iCloud.

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Method 1. View iCloud photos on iPhone

If you have enabled iCloud Photos in Settings, you could go to Photos app on iPhone > Album at the bottom > Recent to view them. Generally, all the photos in Recent would be uploaded to iCloud. If you try to delete an iCloud photo, iPhone would say that This photo will be deleted from iCloud Photos on all your devices. You could recover deleted iCloud photos in 30 days.

Method 2. View iCloud photos in browser

Want to double-check your iCloud photos? You could go to the site of iCloud in browser to view them. This way could also be used to access iCloud photos on Android phone.

Step 1. Open a browser on PC or mobile phone.
Step 2.Go to the site of iCloud and sign in your Apple ID.
Step 3. Click the icon of photos to view all of them.

View Photos on iCloud

Tips: You could upload or download the photo on this page. If you deleted iCloud photos, you could recover them in the folder of Recently Deleted.

Method 3. Download multiple iCloud photos on PC

If you want an easier way to download multiple photos from iCloud to PC, you could use the iCloud client. With the client, you could download all the iCloud to computer and upload photos to iCloud without going to the site.

Step 1. Download iCloud for Windows to computer and sign in your Apple ID.
Step 2. Check Photos and then check Download photos, Upload photos, or Create new folders in Options.
Step 3. Go to Windows Explorer, click iCloud Photos in the sidebar, and then click Download photos and videos.

iCloud Photos


Tips: After a while, you could find all the iCloud photos in the folder of Download. If you could not find your iCloud photos on iPhone, on the page of iCloud, or using iCloud client, you could download iCloud backup to PC to view them.

Method 4. View photos in iCloud backup

If you have saved photos in the full backup using iCloud, they could not be easily viewed. You might need to restore them to another device. If you choose to restore that backup to this iPhone, you need to erase all the content first, then you could set up iPhone and restore iPhone with iCloud backup. Of course, you could use a professional tool to help you.FoneLab is the right tool for you to view what’s inside of your iCloud backup. You should do:

Step 1. Download and launch Fonelab on computer.
Step 2. Click Recover from iCloud Backup File and enter your Apple ID.
Step 3. Select an iCloud backup to scan. Click Photo Library in the sidebar to view photos in iCloud backup.

Fonelab View Photos From iCloud Backup

Tips: If you still can’t find your photos, you might have saved them to iTunes, so you could view photos in iTunes backup

Easily backup and view photos on iPhone without Internet

To avoid the complicated procedures when viewing photos from backup copy, you should change the way you backup iPhone photos. FoneTool is a free professional iPhone backup software. You could use it to backup all the photos on iPhone in seconds and there is no need of Internet when you view photos in backup copy.

  • Preview every photo on iPhone and select the needed ones to make sure you save the right photos.

  • Transfer your photos at a very fast speed.

  • Feel free to use FoneTool to protect iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch data (iOS 16 supported).

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

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Secure Download

Step 2. Click Phone Backup > Choose Selective Backup. Click the icon to view every photo and click OK to return.

Select Pictures

Step 3. Click Start Backup to save them in seconds.

Click On Start Backup

Tips: If you want to view iPhone backup on Windows, you could go to Backup History page, select the task, and then click the eys icon or the pin icon.

Backup Complete


Your iPhone photos could be saved in iCloud Photos or iCloud backup. You could follow the 4 methods in this passage to view iCloud photos. You could also choose FoneTool, so you could easily view and manage your photos backup.

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iOS Versions
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  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
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