Access and view iCloud Photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With iCloud Photos, you can browse, search, and share all the photos and videos from any of your devices.

All of your photos on all of your devices

iCloud Photos works seamlessly with the Photos app to keep your photos and videos securely stored in iCloud and up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, and iCloud.com. For example, let's say you have an iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can take a photo on your iPhone and see that same photo on your other devices and iCloud.com too.

 

How to turn on iCloud Photos

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Tap Photos.
  3. If you need to, tap to turn on iCloud Photos.

If you can't turn on iCloud Photos, you might need to make changes to your storage plan.

iPhone with iCloud Photos enabled

How to access iCloud Photos

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap the Photos tab  to see your photos.
  3. Tap the Albums tab  to see My Albums, Shared Albums, People & Places, Media Types, and Other Albums. You can also learn more about content that you share with others.

See your recently deleted photos:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap Albums tab .
  3. Scroll down to Other Albums and tap Recently Deleted.

Deleted photos and videos are placed in the Recently Deleted album on your device, where they remain for 30 days. After that, items are permanently removed from all your devices set up for iCloud Photos.

iPhone showing iCloud Storage

How to check your iCloud storage

It's easy to see how much storage your iCloud Photos use:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap iCloud > Manage Storage. 
  3. Tap Change Storage Plan to make changes. 

You can also see how iCloud Photos uses your iCloud storage.

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