How to Restore Photos from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR

Want to restore photos from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR? Follow 4 methods in this article to make it quickly.

By Thea Lewis | Posted on: Oct. 16, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 11, 2019

As expected, Apple announced three new iPhone models in September, they are iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are available while iPhone XR will available several days later.

These three iPhones have enhanced the camera skill, the front camera is the same on all three devices: 7MP True Depth camera with f/2.2 aperture. They all include Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Smart HDR. But iPhone XS has a more improved dual camera that makes it superior to iPhone XR.

So, if you upgrade or switch to iPhone XS or iPhone XR, you can use it to take and save lots of wonderful pictures. More than anything, unlike the old iPhones with small storage, both iPhone XS and iPhone XR are available in 256 GB, and iPhone XS even available in 512 GB, thus there is no necessary to worry about constantly accumulating photos take up too much iPhone space. In this case, photos/pictures of past that mean a lot to you can be saved to your new iPhone XS and iPhone XR, especially pictures stored in iCloud.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR

Well, how to restore wanted photos from iCloud to iPhone XS/iPhone XR? In the follow-up post, 4 methods will be introduced to help you restore pictures from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR, let’s check.

Method 1: Restore Photos from iCloud Backup by Restoring All the Backup Data

If you’re a user switch from Android to iPhone XS/XR, you may not know this method. But old iPhone users must know that Apple gives a way to restore data from previous iOS backup to new iPhone. And that is easy to make it. Here are how to do:

Before restoring from iCloud backup to your iPhone XS or iPhone XR, make sure you’ve backed up your data to iCloud, as well connected your iPhone to WLAN.

Step 1 Turn on your new iPhone XS or iPhone XR.

Step 2 From the Apps & Data screen, select Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 3 Sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 4 Proceed to “Choose Backup”, choose from a list of available backups in iCloud and wait patiently.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud Backup via iCloud

How to Restore Photos from iCloud Backup via iCloud

After restoring from an iCloud backup to your iPhone XS or iPhone XR, your settings and accounts are restored from the iCloud backup you chose. Your iPhone XS/XR restarts and begins downloading your photos, books, apps, and other content.

Method 2: Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup

As you can see from Method 1, restoring from iCloud backup will restore all the backup data to your new iPhone, and the settings of your previous Apple ID. What if you don’t want to restore settings and want to use a new Apple ID? What if you just want to restore only photos from backup or even some of the photos?

To only restore wanted photos from iCloud backup, you need the help of a useful iPhone backup extract tool PhoneRescue for iOS, which has been awarded by millions of iOS users due to its outstanding features:

  1. It enables you to view backup details, you can preview the photos in iCloud backup and choose the photos you prefer most to restore.
  2. Besides photos, it also supports selectively restore messages, videos, contacts, notes, calendar as well as other files from iCloud backup. Moreover, it also supports restoring specific data from local iTunes backup.
  3. When there is nothing on your iPhone XS/XR, you can use the traditional method to restore data from backup. If you want to restore another backup data, it will erase previous backup data and current settings. Fortunately, PhoneRescue can help you restore what you want without replacing any existing content and changing settings.

Now, let’s see how to restore only photos from iCloud backup to iPhone XS/XR by using PhoneRescue.

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Step 1 Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac or PC computer > Connect your iPhone XS or iPhone XR > Select Recover from iCloud.

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup - Step 1

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup – Step 1

Step 2 Sign in your Apple ID.

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup - Step 2

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Select iCloud Backup.

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup - Step 3

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup – Step 3

Step 4 Select one iCloud backup > Click Download > Check Photos only and click OK button to download the backup.

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup - Step 4

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup – Step 4

Step 5 After downloading, click the arrow button again to scan the backup > Preview and select the photos you want to restore > Click on To Device button.

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup - Step 5

How to Only Restore Wanted Photos from iCloud Backup – Step 5

Method 3: Restore Photos from iCloud Online

Another way to restore photos from iCloud to iPhone XS/XR is restoring from iCloud online. If you have uploaded photos to iCloud for preservation and turn on the iCloud Photo Library on the device, then you can sign in with your Apple ID and turn on the iCloud Photo Library, all the photos saved on iCloud will appear on your new iPhone.

However, if you just save photos to iCloud online without turning on iCloud Photo Library sync feature, then you can download all photos from iCloud and transfer them to your new iPhone.

Method 4: Restore Photos from iCloud Drive

Well, many users also chose to saved photos to iCloud Drive, in this case, you can restore photos from iCloud Drive to your iPhone XS/XR by following steps below:

Step 1 Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2 Click iCloud Drive.

Step 3 Select the photos you need and click the Download icon at the top. After that, transfer the downloaded photos from your computer to your iPhone XS/XR.

The Bottom Line

That’s all the methods you can use to restore pictures from iCloud to iPhone XS or iPhone XR, you can choose the best one according to your case. As you can see from all these methods, Method 2 is easy-to-use and bring you much more convenience, why not give it a try now?

Thea Lewis

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as a movie lover, take pleasure in sharing workarounds of iOS & Android related problems.