[Guide]How to Upload Photos/Videos to iCloud from PC

This blog post not only provides you the detailed guide on how to upload photos or videos to iCloud from PC but also introduces a proven method to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without using iCloud.

Myra updated on Aug 15, 2023 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s

With the help of iCloud service, you can upload the photos and videos on your devices, including Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad, to iCloud and access the files across your devices. For example, by turning on iCloud Photo Library on your PC running Windows 10/8/7, you can store all the photos/videos on your computer in iCloud, and view the items on all your iCloud devices. Given the conveniences of syncing photos across devices using iCloud, learning how to upload photos/videos to iCloud from PC is quite necessary. If that’s what you want to know, read on and you will get the detailed guide.

Part 1: How to upload photos/videos to iCloud from PC

Before you start, you need to download iCloud for Windows from https://support.apple.com/en-hk/HT204283, sign in to iCloud on your Windows PC with your Apple ID and follow the steps below to upload photos and videos to iCloud from your PC.

While using iCloud, it's possible that you can not sync photos successfully across your devices. (For example, you may face the iCloud photos not syncing on Windows 10 issue.) If there is something wrong with iCloud, you can choose to sync photos from PC to iPhone/iPad or from iPhone/iPad to PC using the useful tip introduced in Part 2.

Step 1: Open iCloud for Windows on your computer. (Right-click the iCloud icon on your taskbar, and choose Open iCloud Settings.)

Step 2: Click Options next to Photos.

Step 3: Select iCloud Photo Library, click Done, then choose Apply.

Step 4: Go to This PC > iCloud Photos > Uploads from your Windows PC.

Step 5: Drag and drop the photos and videos into the Uploads folder to upload photos/videos to iCloud from PC.

Step 6: Turn on iCloud Photo Library your other devices to access the photos/videos uploaded from your Windows PC. (You can also access iCloud Photos in iCloud.com.)

  • On iPhone (or iPad): Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then switch on iCloud Photo Library.
  • On Mac: Go to System Preferences > iCloud, choose Options next to Photos, then click the checkbox next to iCloud Photo Library.

Other than uploading photos to iCloud from PC, you can also download iCloud photos to PC if you need to.

How to upload photos to iCloud from PC

Part 2: How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without using iCloud

If you use iCloud in order to sync photos from PC to your iPhone or iPad, you can get things done with an alternative way, which is to use EaseUS MobiMover Pro, the professional software for iOS data transfer and file management. With MobiMover, you can transfer files between an iOS device (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) and computer (Mac or PC) or between two iOS devices easily. 

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

What's more, unlike using iCloud that has limitations on the space you can use, you can transfer photos from PC to your iPhone and vice versa as long as you get enough space on your devices. Now, follow the steps below to transfer photos from PC to iPhone within minutes.

Notes: MobiMover is compatible with PC running Windows 7 and later or Mac running macOS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.11 (El Capitan).

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC running Windows 7 or later. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and select "PC to Phone" on the main interface. Then, choose "Select Files" to continue. 

How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2. With MobiMover, you can choose to transfer photos from PC to your iPhone as well as many other data types. Then, click the "Open" button to load the files. 

How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. MobiMover will show the files you've selected on the screen. If you've missed an item, you can click "Add Contents" to import more files. Next, click the "Transfer" button to start the transfer process. 

How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone - Step 3