iCloud: Access your photos and videos on iCloud.com

Access your photos and videos on iCloud.com

View and share your photos, Live Photos, and videos using Photos on iCloud.com. You can add new photos, email your photos to family and friends, and share photos on Facebook.

View your photos and video

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Click Photos in the sidebar to see all of your photos and videos grouped by time and location.

      Note: If you don’t see the sidebar, use the Photos and Albums buttons in the toolbar to access your photos.

    • Click an album or folder in the sidebar to view its contents.

  2. To view a photo or video full screen, double-click one.

    While viewing a photo full screen, you can click the thumbnails at the bottom of the iCloud Photo Library window to see other photos. You can also press the arrow keys to move to other photos.

Add new photos

  1. Click the Upload button , then select the photos you want to add from your Mac or Windows computer.

    Note: Photos must be in JPEG format to be uploaded from your Mac or Windows computer.

  2. Click Choose to upload them to iCloud Photo Library.

Email photos and videos

To send photos and videos from iCloud Photo Library by email, you need an iCloud Mail account. To learn more, see Set up an @icloud.com email address.

  1. Open an album or folder to select the photos and videos you want to email, or double-click a single photo or video.

  2. Click the Share button , then choose Mail.

    A new email window opens with your photos or videos attached.

  3. Add recipients and an optional subject and message, then click Send in the upper-right corner of the email window.

Photos uses your iCloud email account to send photos and videos. Attachments are limited in size to a total of 20 MB per email.

Note: If you send an email with large photos and videos attached, it might be returned by the recipient’s email service because your email exceeds the size limit set by that email service. You can try sending the photos and videos in multiple email messages. To learn more, see Add an attachment to an email.

Share photos on Facebook

  1. Open an album or folder to select the photos you want to post, or double-click a single photo.

  2. Click the Share button , then choose Facebook.

  3. If asked, do either of the following:

    • If a message says that iCloud needs permission to share to Facebook: Click Continue, then click Okay.

    • If a message says that you need to log in to Facebook: Click Continue, type your Facebook account user name and password, then click Log in.

  4. In the Facebook dialog, do any of the following:

    • Add a comment (optional): If you want, type a comment to accompany the photos.

    • Choose who can view the photos: Click the Privacy setting pop-up menu at the top left, then choose an option.

    • Add the photos to an album: Click the Album pop-up menu, then choose an existing album to host the photos.

      The dialog for uploading a new photo to Facebook with Photos on iCloud.com.
  5. Click Post.

Download photos or videos to your computer

  1. Open an album or folder, then select the photos or videos you want to download, or double-click a single photo or video.

  2. Click the Download button to download the most compatible version of the photo or video.

    The most compatible version will be in a standard file format, JPEG for photos and MP4/H.264 for videos. This version will also include edits made to the photo or video since it was added to your iCloud Photo Library.

    If you want to download the original version of the photo or video, click and hold the Download button , select Unmodified Original, then click Download. The unmodified original version will be the same file format that was originally captured or imported and will not include any edits.

    The dialog for downloading a photo or video, with options to download the unmodified original version or the most compatible version.

    Whichever version of the photo or video you download is saved in the Downloads folder on your computer (or other folder specified in your web browser’s preference or options settings).

Delete photos or videos

  1. Open an album or folder to select the photos or videos you want to delete, or double-click a single photo or video.

  2. Click the Delete button .

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

You can remove items from your iOS device or Mac before the 30-day time period is up. For instructions on removing them from your iOS device, see Use iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device. To remove photos from your Mac, see Keep your photos and videos up to date everywhere with iCloud Photo Library.

Recover deleted photos and videos

You can recover photos and videos you deleted in the last 30 days on either iCloud.com or any iOS device or computer that has iCloud Photo Library turned on.

  1. Click the Recently Deleted album in the sidebar to view its contents.

  2. Select the photos or videos you want to recover, then click Recover.

Published Date: Mar 30, 2018
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