There are a number of ways to transfer photos stored on your PC to your iPhone. The best way is to use iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage service, but without a dedicated app for Windows, how can you do that? Here, we explain how you can use iCloud Photo Library, Apple’s photo sync service, to transfer your photos from a Windows PC to an iOS device.
Using iCloud to transfer photos won’t cost you a cent if you don’t spend your 5GB free iCloud allocation. If your photos push you to that 5GB limit, when trying to enable iCloud Photo Library in Settings> Photos on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see a message saying you don’t have enough storage to use it.
In that case, you’ll have to pay for the excess iCloud storage. And at 79p ($ 0.99) per month for 50GB, it’s a small price to pay for convenience.
However, here’s how to transfer photos to your iPhone from your PC using iCloud and a couple of alternatives.
How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone using iCloud
Apple uses iCloud, the cloud storage and sync service, to make sure the photos you take with your iPhone are easily accessible on your computer and iPad.
It’s a useful service to have, and negates the need for cables and syncing, but what if you want to put photos FROM your computer TO your iPhone? Is that possible? Of course it is – but the technique depends on the software you use.
If your devices are running iOS 8 or later, which should definitely be in 2021, you can manage and upload your photo library via the iCloud website. Here’s how to do it:
- Open your browser on your PC, navigate to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID.
- Click the Photos icon in the top row of apps. If this is the first time you have accessed your photo library from a browser, you will need to go through a first time set up.
- Click the Upload button at the top right of the page and browse your PC for the photos you want to add to your iPhone. If you want to select multiple files at once, hold CTRL and click each image.
- Once you have selected the photos, click Open / Select and upload them to your iCloud Photo Library. If you look at the bottom of the page, you’ll see a progress bar – the process is usually pretty quick, but this can depend on the number of photos you want to upload.
You’re done! Once photos have been uploaded to your iCloud Photo library, they should immediately appear within the Photos app on your iPhone (as long as iCloud is enabled and it is connected to Wi-Fi).
It’s important to note that the photos will be displayed in order, so if you add photos taken in March, you’ll need to scroll back to March to see them.
Alternative: Third-party cloud storage
One option, if you don’t mind having your photos in another app in the stock Photos app, is to use a cloud storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or any of the other alternatives we recommend in our best cloud storage services turning.
Once you install the app on your iPhone, you will have access to all the files in your cloud account. Most allow you to mark the files you want available offline, and you can also save photos and videos directly to your Photos app, so you don’t always have to have an internet connection.
Easily upload photos stored on your PC to the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. You can also view them on your iPhone, download them or share them with friends.
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