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Can you backup photos to iCloud?
Besides streaming photos from an iOS device to another, iCloud also help to backup photos on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as long as you use the same iCloud account on the device. Actually, it lets you create backup for anything starting from contacts to images, be it videos, device settings, app data, iMessage, ringtones and visual voice-mail. iCloud offers 5 GB of free storage on its servers to every Apple account holder. If you think 5 GB is too less, you can also buy more space in exchange of a rental fee. The point to be noted here is the storage space is account specific and not device specific. So you may use multiple Apple devices, but the total cloud storage provided to you will be 5GB.

Part 1: How to Backup Photos to iCloud from iPhone/iPad

It’s easy to backup documents from iCloud to your iPhone and iPad. Here is what you need to do when you choose to backup your photos to iCloud automatically from your iPhone or iPad.

• All you need to do is tap on settings and then go to iCloud.
• Go to Photos and turn on “My Photo Stream” in case it is turned off.
• All the photos that you take will be instantly backed up on your iCloud account.
What if you wish to backup your photos manually? Apple has somewhat provided for that.
• You need to go to settings, and then tap on iCloud and choose Storage and Backup.
• Turn on iCloud backup there in case it is off and choose “Backup Now”.

does icloud backup photos

The only hiccup in this is - you cannot choose what to backup from your phone. Let alone choosing which photos you want to backup, you cannot even choose if you want to backup your photos and not your contact list or some other document.

Part 2: How to Backup Photos to iCloud from Mac

Are you looking to backup photos to iCloud from your Mac? Your Mac can be connected to the iCloud account easily. Backing up your Mac in a few simple steps as mentioned below:

Step 1: Let's go to the desktop first on your Mac. You will see an icon below titled System Preferences. Click on it to open up the different system options.

Step 2: Now, you will need to go to the iCloud icon and click on it.

does icloud backup photos

Step 3: The backup screen will appear. If you haven’t already signed in to your iCloud account, do so now.

Step 4: Select the data that you want to backup. You need to select all the items that you need. By default, all the items are automatically checked in for backup. However, keep in mind that iCloud only offers 5 GB as storage space.

does icloud backup photos

Step 5: Click on ‘Manage’ tab if you want to buy more storage. There, you can select the ‘Buy More Storage’ option to buy more storage.

does icloud backup photos

Step 6: Just close the System Preferences tab now. iCloud will automatically start backing up all that you selected to your iCloud account. Just relax and do something else with your Mac!

Part 3: How to Get Photos Off iCloud

If you are looking for a way to get photos off iCloud in a different way, you can use third party software from the same company called dr.fone - iOS Data Recovery, which can be downloaded for Mac users. You can download the free trial version below to have a try first, or you can read the detailed guide here: how to download photos from iCloud.

Why Choose This Software to Download iCloud Backup Photos:

  • 3 Recovery Modes: Allows to recover data directly from iPhone, extract iTunes backup and download iCloud backup.
  • Up to 20 File Types: Recover lost text messages, iMessages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, etc.
  • Various Data Loss: Retrieve data lost for deletion, factory settings restore, jailbreak failure, iPhone lost or broken, etc.
  • Preview: Lets you read and preview found data before recovery.
  • Flexible Recovery: Selectively recover any item you want from iPhone, iTunes and iCloud backup files.
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