How to View iCloud Photos Online

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The best way to sit down and browse your iCloud photo library is with an iPad. If you want to edit these images, Photos on a Mac is recommended. But when those aren't there, here's how to post photos online.

Many people don't realize that they can access all of the photos and videos they have stored in the iCloud Photo Library from any desktop computer, as long as they have access to iCloud.com. It's a feature that Apple hasn't done a good job of sharing with people, which is a shame because it can be super useful.

To get started, all you need is a connection to iCloud.com, your Apple ID and password, and your two-factor passcode. You * have * active two-factor authentication, right?

How to view iCloud photos online

To get started, open Safari – or any other web browser if Safari is not available – and navigate to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID email address and password. Once authenticated, click the Photos icon.

Click the Photos icon

Once the page loads, you will see something similar to Photos on Mac, but a little less powerful. If this is the first time you are using iCloud.com to view your library, it may take a little while while it collects everything.

You may not have the same editing tools you'd expect from an iOS device or a Mac, but the interface will give you access to all the photos or videos you have stored in the iCloud photo library. Clicking on a photo opens it completely.

If you want to upload a new photo or video, click on the icon with a cloud and an upward arrow, as shown below.

Click the cloud download button

To switch between Moments and Photos views, click on the desired option at the top of the screen.

Click on Photos or Moments

The ability to view your photos and videos online is a great option if you're using a Windows PC, for example.

If you want a more transparent experience on Windows, with easy control over your photos and videos, you can download and install ICloud Photos for Windows. As a free download, this application gives you access to your iCloud photo library without using a web browser. They will appear in a special "iCloud Photos" folder in File Explorer.

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