How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone

Want to download iCloud photos to iPhone but do not know how? This post will show you how to download photos from iCloud to iPhone without restoring, suitable for iPad/iPod touch, too.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Sep. 19, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 14, 2019

Apple iCloud service enables all iPhone users to backup and restore contents on iPhone for avoiding important data loss. However, if you are one of the users who have made some iPhone backups with iCloud, you may have found that Apple offers no way for you to get only photos from an iCloud backup to your iPhone or iPad.

Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone

Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone

To download photos or some other files from iCloud, you have no other choice but to do a full restore of your iPhone.

Then, is it possible to download only photos from iCloud to iPhone without restoring? The answer is absolutely YES. In the following guide, we will share you the best method to download iCloud photos to iPhone, without restoring.

How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone

To download only photos from iCloud to iPhone, you have to take advantage of some iCloud backup extractors that can help you extract certain files like photos, videos and more from iCloud. AnyTrans for iOS is just the exact tool that highly recommended by lots of iOS users for downloading iCloud photos. And below are its outstanding features on extracting iCloud photos to iPhone.

  1. Download Photos Only. Allows you to download photos only from iCloud to your iPhone, instead of all files.
  2. Without Restoring. Helps you download iCloud photos without doing a full restore of your iPhone.
  3. View Photos on iCloud. Supports viewing all types of photos on iCloud – No matter they are saved in iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, or stored in the iCloud backup.
  4. Download to iPhone’s Photo App. Moves iCloud photos to the Photos app on your iPhone directly.
  5. Support Other iOS Data Types. Besides photos, you can also view and download contacts, messages, notes, and more on iCloud.

Now, just Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer firstly, and then follow the simple steps below to download photos from iCloud to iPhone effortlessly.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1. Download photos from iCloud to computer

1. Run AnyTrans for iOS on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable > Click Device Manager > Choose iCloud Manager tab to continue.

How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone - Connect iPhone

How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone – Connect iPhone

2. Log in with your Apple ID and password.

How to download iCloud Photos to iPhone – Sign in iCloud

How to download iCloud Photos to iPhone – Sign in iCloud

3. Click  button to manage iCloud contents > Click Photos category.

How to download iCloud Photos to iPhone – Select Photos Category

How to download iCloud Photos to iPhone – Select Photos Category

4. Preview and select the photos you want to download to iPhone > Click Download button at the top-right corner to start downloading the selected photos to your computer.

How to download iCloud Photos to iPhone –Download iCloud Photos

How to download iCloud Photos to iPhone –Download iCloud Photos

Step 2. Transfer Downloaded iCloud Photos to iPhone

Click Device Manager tab at the top > Choose Add Content mode > Select the photos you exported in Step 1 > Click Open button to download iCloud photos to iPhone.

How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone – Add Photos to iPhone

How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone – Add Photos to iPhone

Also Read: How to Download Music from iCloud to iPhone >

How to Download Photos from iCloud Backup to iPhone

Just as we have mentioned above, this method will erase all the existing files on your iPhone firstly. Also, you can’t restore only photos by this method, it will bw a full restore. The files on your iPhone will be replaced with the data restored from your iCloud backup. So, if you have stored some important files on your iPhone, then this method is not suitable for you. To download iCloud photos without losing anything,  just refer to Method 1.

Step 1 Go to Settings > General > Scroll down the screen and tap Reset > Choose Erase All Content and Settings > Enter your password.

How to Download Photos from iCloud Backup to iPhone

How to Download Photos from iCloud Backup to iPhone

Step 2 Tap Restore from iCloud Backup on the>Apps & Data screen > Sign in to iCloud > Proceed to Choose backup and choose the one contains the data you need to restore.

How to Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to iPhone

iCloud Photo Library is also an option that allows iOS users to get photos from iCloud. But if you have selected the Optimize iPhone Storage option, the previous photos on your iPhone will be automatically deleted and replaced with the files downloaded from iCloud.

Step 1 Go to “Settings” on your iPhone > [your name] > Choose “iCloud” > Select “Photos” option.

Step 2 Swipe the “iCloud Photo” button to the right to activate the service.

Step 3 In the iCloud Photo Library screen, choose the “Download and keep original”.

Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to iPhone

Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to iPhone

Step 4 Now, go to the Photos app on your iPhone to view the photos downloaded from your iCloud Photo Library.

How to Download Photos from iCloud Photo Stream to iPhone

My Photo Stream automatically uploads the last 30 days of new photos from each of your devices. If you want to download the photos over the last 30 days, this method may fail to work. You can move to Method 1 to make it.

Step 1 Go to Settings on your iPhone > Scroll down and tap Photos.

Step 2 Swipe the “Upload to My Photo Stream” button to the right.

How to Download Photos from iCloud Photo Stream to iPhone

How to Download Photos from iCloud Photo Stream to iPhone

The Bottom Line

Besides transferring iCloud photos to iPhone, AnyTrans for iOS have some other interesting features, such as transferring messages from iPhone to iPhone, and copying songs from computer to iPhone. So why not download this software and have a free try?

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.