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How to Use iCloud Photos Together with Microsoft Photos Windows 11

Apple continues to explore Windows ecosystem through native apps for Microsoft Windows 11. You can use Windows passwords to iCloudSynchronize Safari bookmarks with Microsoft Edge and services like Apple Music and Apple TV will soon be available on Windows PCs In 2023. Apple and Microsoft have partnered with each other to integrate iCloud Photos directly into Windows 11’s default Photos app.

iPhone users using Windows PCs have a treat thanks to iCloud Photos integration within the Photos app. You can view and edit your iCloud Photos uploaded to the Photos app. Let’s set it up.

Install and set up iCloud for Windows 11

Apple’s iCloud app is available in the Microsoft Store. It allows you to sync photos, bookmarks and iCloud passwords with your Windows PC. To enable iCloud Photos integration, you will need to install it on your computer.

Step 1 Microsoft Store is now available for Windows PCs.

Step 2 You can search for iCloud on Google and then download the app to your computer.

Step 3 Open iCloud, sign in using your Apple account details.

Apple will require you to verify your Apple Account with 2FA (two-factor authentication).

Step 4 Allow the checkmark next to iCloud Drive and Photos, Contacts, Passwords, then hit the Apply button. You can also check your account’s remaining iCloud storage from the same menu.

Step 5 To open File Explorer, press Windows + E.

Step 6 From the left sidebar, you will see iCloud Drive as well as iCloud Photo.

Let’s check the same in the Microsoft Photos app.

Windows 10: Microsoft Photos Update

Microsoft recommends you upgrade the Photos app from the previous version to enable iCloud Photos integration.

Step 1 Windows: Open Microsoft Store

Step 2 Select ‘Library’ from the bottom-left corner.

Step 3 Click ‘Get Updates’ and install the latest Photos update on your PC.

Check iCloud Photos in Microsoft Photos

After updating the Photos app, and setting up iCloud on Windows 11, your iCloud Photos can be used in the default gallery application.

Step 1 Open the Photos app from your computer.

Step 2 The iCloud Photos tab should appear on the left sidebar. If you don’t see the iCloud Photos option, enable it from Settings.

Step 3 To access the Settings menu, click the top-right button.

Step 4 Enable the ‘Show iCloud Photos’ toggle.

Open the iCloud Photos section. The iCloud Photos icon is located in the top-left corner. This icons separates iCloud media (OneDrive) and local photos. You can also view the number and type of photos and videos that you have uploaded on the iCloud platform.

Microsoft Photos: Add iCloud Drive Folders

You can also check your iCloud Drive media in the Photos app. Follow the steps below to import any Downloads folders, or any other folder that contains images and videos, into the Photos app.

Step 1 Launch the Photos app in Windows.

Step 2 Select Folders from the sidebar and click ‘Add a folder.’

Step 3 It will open File Explorer.

Step 4 Select iCloud Drive from the left sidebar and click the relevant folder and hit ‘Select Folder.’

We imported ‘Downloads – Mac’ folder from iCloud Drive. The Apple Photos icon is located in the top-left corner.

Backup iCloud Photos to OneDrive

Microsoft 365 subscribers already have 1TB OneDrive storage. You can backup iCloud photos to OneDrive storage if you have plenty.

Step 1 Follow the steps to access iCloud Photos from the Photos app.

Step 2 Choose photos and videos that you wish to back up on OneDrive.

Step 3 Hit ‘Back up to OneDrive.’

Check Microsoft Photos Editing Tools

After you have integrated iCloud Photo with the default gallery you can now use all the image- and video-editing features.

Step 1 Open any image by going to iCloud Photos within the Photos app.

Step 2 Click the Edit icon at the top.

Cropping an image can be used to adjust its brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and color details. You can also apply filters to your photos with the Photos app. You can use the mark-up tools to add highlighter or pencil to images.

Microsoft Photos Is Better Than Ever

Windows 11 packs a handy toolkit. Clipchamp video editor Create beautiful memories with iCloud photos media How’s your experience with iCloud Photos in Microsoft Photos? Please share your experience in the comments section.

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