Do you want to access photos stored on iCloud using a Windows computer? If so, here’s good news for you. Windows 11’s Photos app now lets you work with photos and videos stored on your Apple iCloud account.
In this article, TipsMake.com will show you how to add iCloud Photos to the Photos app of Windows 11.
Prepare before adding iCloud Photos to Windows 11’s Photos app
Before entering the main process, download any available updates. To do this, press Win + I to open Settings then access Windows Update. In the Windows Update window, click Check for updates.
After installing the update, restart your computer.
In addition, you must also ensure that the Photos application on your Windows 11 computer has the latest version installed. In fact, the ability to integrate iCloud Photos is only available on the Photos app version 2022.31100.9001.0 or later.
To check the version of the Photos app, follow these steps:
- Open Settings and select Apps in the left sidebar
- Select Installed apps in the new window that appears
- Find the Microsoft Photos app and tap the 3 dots next to it
- Select Advanced options from the context menu
- You can check the version number under Specification
If you have an earlier version of Microsoft Photos installed, go to the Microsoft Store and download the latest version.
How to add iCloud Photos to the Photos app on Windows 11
Now, you’ve qualified, and we’ll start adding iCloud Photos to the Photos app on Windows 11.
The steps are as follows:
- In the Start menu by pressing the Win key
- In the search bar, type Photos and press Enter
- Tap the Gear button at the top
- Turn on the switch next to Show iCloud Photos
- Click on iCloud Photos in the left panel
- Click the Get iCloud for Windows button. It will open Microsoft Store
- Click the Install button and wait for iCloud to install on your device
- Next, run iCloud and log in to your account
- While installing iCloud, tap the checkbox next to Photos to select it and then tap Apply
That’s it, now you have all your iCloud photos in Windows 11’s Photos app.
iCloud integration is one of the most anticipated updates to the Photos app. It is now officially available, and you can install it using the steps outlined above.
Viewing and managing iCloud Photos in the Photos app on Windows 11
Once you’ve successfully added iCloud Photos to the Photos app on Windows 11, you can start viewing and managing them. The Photos app offers a wide range of features that allow you to edit, share, and organize your photos in a way that suits your needs.
Browsing through imported iCloud Photos in the Photos app
To view your imported iCloud Photos in the Photos app, simply open the app and navigate to the “Imported from iCloud Photos” album. This album will contain all the photos that you’ve imported from iCloud.
From here, you can browse through your photos by scrolling through the album or using the arrow keys to navigate between them. You can also zoom in on a photo by clicking on it, and then use the “Ctrl” and “+” keys to zoom in further or the “Ctrl” and “-” keys to zoom out.
Using features such as editing, sharing, and creating albums in the Photos app
One of the great things about the Photos app is that it offers a range of features for editing your photos. For instance, you can use the built-in photo editor to adjust the brightness, contrast, and color of your photos, or apply filters to give them a unique look.
To edit a photo in the Photos app, simply double-click on the photo you want to edit, and then click on the “Edit & Create” button in the top-right corner. From here, you can choose from a range of editing options, including cropping, rotating, and applying filters.
You can also use the Photos app to create albums for organizing your photos. To create a new album, simply click on the “+” button in the top-right corner of the app, and then choose “New Album”. You can then add photos to the album by dragging and dropping them from the “Imported from iCloud Photos” album.
Syncing changes made to iCloud Photos back to iCloud
One of the advantages of using the Photos app on Windows 11 to view and manage your iCloud Photos is that any changes you make to your photos will be automatically synced back to iCloud. This means that if you edit a photo or add it to an album, the changes will be reflected in your iCloud account, and vice versa.
To ensure that your changes are synced back to iCloud, make sure that you have an active internet connection when you’re using the Photos app. You should also make sure that iCloud Photos is enabled in iCloud for Windows.
Troubleshooting common issues
While adding iCloud Photos to the Photos app on Windows 11 is usually a straightforward process, you may encounter some issues along the way. Here are some of the most common issues that users face when setting up iCloud for Windows on Windows 11, and how to troubleshoot them.
Unable to sign in to iCloud for Windows on Windows 11
If you’re unable to sign in to iCloud for Windows on Windows 11, the first thing you should check is your internet connection. Make sure that your computer is connected to the internet and that your Wi-Fi or ethernet connection is working properly.
If you’re still unable to sign in, try resetting your Apple ID password. You can do this by visiting the Apple ID website and following the instructions provided.
If none of these steps work, you may need to uninstall and reinstall iCloud for Windows. To do this, go to “Settings” > “Apps” > “Apps & Features”, and then select “iCloud for Windows” from the list of apps. Click on “Uninstall”, and then download and reinstall iCloud for Windows from the Apple website.
iCloud Photos not appearing in the Photos app on Windows 11
If you’ve successfully set up iCloud for Windows on Windows 11, but your iCloud Photos are not appearing in the Photos app, there are a few things you can try.
First, make sure that iCloud Photos is enabled in iCloud for Windows. To do this, open iCloud for Windows, and then select “Photos” from the list of apps. Make sure that the “iCloud Photos” option is selected, and then click on “Apply”.
If this doesn’t work, try signing out of iCloud for Windows and then signing back in again. To do this, go to “Settings” > “Accounts” > “Email & accounts”, and then select your iCloud account. Click on “Remove”, and then sign back in to iCloud for Windows.
Troubleshooting other issues
If you encounter any other issues while setting up iCloud for Windows on Windows 11 or importing iCloud Photos into the Photos app, try restarting your computer or checking for updates to Windows or iCloud for Windows.
If you’re still having trouble, you can visit the Apple support website for more information and troubleshooting tips. You can also contact Apple support directly for help with any issues you may be experiencing.