How to Access iCloud Photos via iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Apple TV, iCloud Website

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iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream can help upload your hundreds of thousands of photos on your iDevice and on Windows PC, allowing you to see iCloud photos when connecting to Wi-Fi. You can access iCloud Photo Library via Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows PC, Apple TV (4th generation or later), Apple Watch, iCloud website and view My Photo Stream on Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows PC and Apple TV (4th generation or later). Here's a comprehensive guide to access iCloud photos on these devices.

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1. How to Access iCloud Photos on iPhone iPad iPod touch

Step 1: Open Settings on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on 10.3 or later. Tap iCloud on your device, go to Photos, then turn on iCloud Photo Stream to view iCloud photos. You can access your last 30 days images stored on My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Stream in iCloud.

Step 2: Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Library on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You can access iCloud photos, including photos uploaded to iCloud and edits you made. You can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac/PC to make a safe backup without storage limit.

2. How to View iCloud Photos on Mac

Step 1: On your Mac running OS X 10.10.3 or later, select System Preferences, and click iCloud, then click Options next to Photos to check whether Photo Stream and Shared Photo Streams are selected or not.

Step 2: Open iPhoto or Aperture, click Preferences, and select Photo Stream to access iCloud photos. Also learn how to delete iCloud backups on Mac.

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3. How to Access iCloud Photos on PC

Step 1: Free download iCloud for Windows, and install it. You need to restart your computer after installation in order to use iCloud on PC.
Step 2: Open iCloud on Windows, enter your Apple ID and sign into iCloud.
Step 3: Click Options next to Photos to make sure Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library options are enabled.
Step 4: Click Start screen, select Photo Stream and view photos you uploaded and shared by others in iCloud.

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4. How to Browse iCloud Images on Apple TV

Your iCloud photos are visible through Apple TV after you set up iCloud Photo Library on Apple TV (4th generation or later). Use the steps to turn iCloud Photo Library on to access iCloud photos on Apple TV.
Step 1: On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Account > iCloud > Sign in.
Step 2: Select iCloud Photo Library to enable it. Now you can view iCloud photos on Apple TV.

5. How to See iCloud Pictures on the Web

Step 1: Open, sign in to iCloud with Apple ID.
Step 2: Click Photos icon on the window to access iCloud Photos. It may take some time to load iCloud Photo Library.

In this way, you can also upload photos to iCloud Photo Library, download photos from iCloud, delete unwanted photos to free up space on iCloud, share photos or videos stored in your iCloud Photo library. You can only access photos stored on iCloud Photo Library on the web. You won't see your photo collection on My Photo Stream in this way.

What to Do If You Can't Access iCloud Photos

1. Cannot turn iCloud Photo Library on
I can't view iCloud photos as the iCloud Photo Library won't turn on. My iCloud Photo Library just says turning on and hasn't turned it on.
Wait until all the photos are loaded. It takes a while for iCloud Photo Library to upload photos to the cloud. If photos are loaded and you still cannot browse iCloud photos, try to restart your iDevice, log out iCloud and sign in to iCloud again. Check what to do if photos don't upload to iCloud.

2. Can't view iCloud photos via iCloud Website on PC
I go to iCloud site via a web browser and log into my account but there are no photos in My Photo Stream. I just want to see the iCloud photos streamed from my phone and iPad to iCloud. I have tried sign in again, restarting my computer etc.
You can access iCloud pictures on PC, but you can't view My Photo Stream on the web or Apple Watch. Photos shared or uploaded in the last 30 days are stored in My Photo Stream. Please follow our guide on how to access iCloud photos on Windows PC.

3. Can't see iCloud photos in iCloud Drive
I have loaded my photos and contacts in iCloud, but I can't see them in the iCloud app in my iPhone. I saw photos in my iCloud page in internet.
You can't browse iCloud Photo Library on iCloud drive since they are separate services. If you want to view iCloud photos in iCloud drive, you have to copy these photos to iCloud drive.

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