How to Backup Pictures to iCloud from iPhone/Mac

Backup Pictures to iCloud

Apple's iCloud allows users to backup and restore pictures, videos, contacts and other files through the Wi-Fi connection. You can backup pictures to iCloud Photo Library manually. Or you can set to the auto mode to backup pictures. There is no need to worry whether those backup pictures will be duplicated more than once. Well, once you have backed up pictures to iCloud automatically, iClouds will not backup those pictures the second time.

Moreover, iCloud offers 5GB free cloud storage space that enables users to backup quite a lot pictures. You can also upgrade iCloud to get more space. In addition, there is another iOS data backup software, with which you can backup pictures and other iOS data by one click safely.

It sounds easy to backup iPhone pictures to iCloud. However, you may feel confused to back up pictures to iCloud from different devices and indifferent modes. To figure out detail steps to move iPhone pictures to iCloud, you can locate the certain part below.

Part 1. How to Backup Pictures to iCloud Photo Library from iPhone

You can backup pictures to iCloud from iPhone automatically or manually. Those pictures will be saved in original and high-resolution versions. Then you can clean up your iDevice freely.

Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Pictures to iCloud Automatically

Step 1. Turn on "iCloud Photo Library"

For iOS 10.3 or later, click Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, and then turn on "iCloud Photo Library" option.

iCloud Photo Library

For iOS 10.2 or earlier, open Settings > iCloud > Photos, and then turn on "iCloud Photo Library" too.

iCloud Photo Library

Step 2. Optimize your iPhone storage

You will receive the notification announcing that photos synced from iTunes will be removed, tap "Remove Photo" button. Later, you can choose "Optimize iPhone Storage" inside Photos to keep the full-resolution pictures to iCloud Photo Library only.

Note: Make sure your iPhone has upgraded to the latest iOS version. For viewing the iCloud photos backup, you need the iCloud backup extractor tool.

Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Pictures to iCloud Manually

Step 1. Turn on "iCloud Backup" option

Open "Settings" from your iOS device. Tap "iCloud" and then scroll down to click "Storage & Backup" selection. Turn on "iCloud Backup" to make it green.

Step 2. Tap "Back Up Now" to start backing up photos

Choose "Back Up Now" button below. Now you can backup pictures and other iOS files to iCloud. Remember that only Camera Roll photos can be backed up to iCloud.

Backing Up Photos


1. You cannot backup pictures to iCloud selectively as present.

2. iCloud only provides you with free 5 GB sotrage. If your iCloud storage is full of photos backup, just try to delete pictures from iCloud to free up more space.

Part 2. How to Backup Pictures to iCloud Photo Library from Mac

It is also supported to backup pictures to iCloud from Mac computer. And you can manage specific pictures to the album selectively for further management.

How to Backup Pictures to iCloud Photo Library

Step 1. Open iCloud website

Type and search on your browser. Open it and then sign in with your iCloud account and password.

Open iCloud Website

Step 2. Backup all pictures to iCloud

Tap "Photos" app on the left panel. You can select "Preferences" and tap "iCloud" button. Tick "iCloud Photo Library" button that enables auto backup service. Later, you can choose "Download Original to this Mac" or "Optimize Mac Storage" buttons below, and then start backing up pictures to iCloud Photo Library from Mac.

Note: iCloud only provides you free 5 GB sotrage for data backup. You can download photos from iCloud to Mac, and delete unwanted photos and other data from iCloud.

Backup all Pictures to iCloud

How to Backup Pictures to An Album on iCloud Photo Library

Step 1. Create the new album on Mac

Sign in iCloud website and choose "Photos" button. There is the "Add" icon on the top right corner. Tap it to create the new album in iCloud. Or you can open the specific album on the left panel.

Step 2. Add pictures to the new iCloud album

Tap "Upload" button to add pictures from Mac OS X to iCloud. Or you can connect iDevice to computer and transfer pictures to iCloud on Mac as well.

Add Pictures to the New iCloud Album

Part 3. How to Backup Pictures to Computer without iCloud

Actually, you can backup pictures to computer from iPhone, iPad and iPod without iCloud as well. FoneLab iOS Data Backup & Restore enables you to back up and restore iOS data selectively and safely. Most popular iOS devices are supported including iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, etc. As for restoring iOS data to computer, many file types are supported, such as photos, notes, messages, contacts, app photos and more. Thus, you can use iOS Data Backup & Restore to backup pictures to computer instead of iCloud.

Key Features:

  • Back up pictures and other iOS data to computer by one click.
  • Preview data after backup before restoring.
  • Restore data from the backup to iPhone/iPad/iPod or to PC.
  • Backup and restore iOS data without data loss.

Step 1. Launch iOS Data Backup & Restore

Download and install iOS Data Backup & Restore. Launch it and use the lightning USB cable to connect iOS device to computer.

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Step 2. Choose "iOS Data Backup" mode

You can see two options in the main interface, which are "iOS Data Backup" and "iOS Data Restore". Click the first one names "iOS Data Backup". Keep the connection between your iOS device and computer during iOS data backup process.

Choose Mode

Step 3. View local backup data

Your iOS backup files will display according to the iOS version, latest backup date, serial number and backup size. And you hit "View Now" button below to view local backup data.

View Local Backup Data

For more iPhone photos backup tools, please visit this page: Best iPhone backup programs.


All in all, you can backup pictures to iCloud from iPhone or Mac automatically or manually. Or you can also use iOS Data Backup & Restore to get one-click data backup and restore service safely and professionally. No matter which iOS data backup method you choose, you can release your storage space and back up memorable pictures with ease.

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