How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPad

How to download photos from iCloud to iPad? This post tells you how to get photos from iCloud Photo Library or iCloud backup to your iPad.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 23, 2020

I want to get all of pictures and videos that I stored in iCloud, and transfer them to my new bought iPad Air, so what can I do to make it. iPad Air (3rd generation).

——From Apple Forum

Apple offers you two methods to backup photos taken with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – one is iCloud Photo Library and another is iCloud Backup. And Apple says that the pictures you uploaded to iCloud Photo Library will not be backed up to iCloud Backup. So if you want to get all photos from iCloud to your iPad, there are two methods you have to try.

Part 1. Access iCloud Photos on iPad By iCloud Account

Generally, just log into your iCloud account on your iPad, you can access your iCloud Photos on iPad. Check the steps below to access photos and videos on iCloud Photo Library:

  1. Unlock your iPad and go to Setting > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Log in with your iCloud account.
  3. Then go to Photos and turn on “iCloud Photos” to download iCloud photos to your iPad. Connect your iPad to a stable Wi-Fi and plug into charge, photos in iCloud will be downloaded to your iPad automatically.
Turn on iCloud Photo Library

Turn on iCloud Photo Library

Part 2. Download Photos from iCloud Backup to iPad

Restoring from iCloud backup could download all pictures from iCloud to iPad. But you may not like this method, because, during this process, it will erase all current contents and setting on your iPad and then replace them with the content in backup. So in this post, we offer you an alternative tool – AnyTrans, which is a wonderful backup extractor to get photos/videos from iCloud backup without erasing any existing data.

Step 1: Launch AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPad to the computer via a USB cable > Click on the “iCloud Manager” mode > Sign in your iCloud account.

Sign in iCloud Account in AnyTrans – Step 1

Sign in iCloud Account in AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2: Click the “Photos” option.

Click Photos in AnyTrans - Step 2

Click Photos in AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3: Select the photos you want to download > Click the “Download” button to download the selected photos from iCloud.

Download the Selected Photos in AnyTrans - Step 3

Download the Selected Photos in AnyTrans – Step 3

Step 4. After you have downloaded the pictures to your computer, you can AnyTrans to transfer photos to your iPad by going back to the main interface of AnyTrans > Choose “Device Manager” > Click the screen to add photos from computer to your iPad.

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 1

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 1

The Bottom Line

Of course, if you haven’t backed up photos to iCloud, you can never download any picture from your iCloud Photos Library or iCloud backup. Thanks for your viewing, hope this guide would help, and welcome any comments about this topic on how to download pictures/videos from iCloud to an iPad.

Joy Taylor

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