2 Ways | How to Access iCloud Photos on iPad Air/Pro/mini

Wondering how to access iCloud photos on iPad? This guide offers you two ways to view iCloud photos on iPad in detail, as well as an easy way to backup and view photos on iPad offline.

Demi by Demi Updated November 29, 2023
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How do I view iCloud photos on iPad?

I have an iPad2 which is used mainly for photos and its capacity is now full, so I have bought iCloud storage and backed up all my apps, so I assume my photos are now stored in the cloud. If I delete them from my iPad, how do I view them in the cloud?

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It is pretty common for Apple users like you to save photos using iCloud on iOS devices. Just within a few clicks, you could conveniently upload photos to iCloud server on iPad, iPhone, and iPad. Whether enabling iCloud Photos or making a full backup of your iPad, you may wonder how to access iCloud photos on iPad. Now, follow this guide to know how to get iCloud photos on iPad.

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Way 1. How to access iCloud photos on iPad Photos app

You can access iCloud photos on synced iPhones and also your iPad using the Photos app. Here’s how you can ensure iCloud Photos is switched on and how to access photos from iCloud on iPad.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to Wi-Fi > Go to the Settings app > Tap your name > iCloud > Photos > Turn on iCloud Photos if it isn’t already.

Quick tip: If iCloud Photos won’t turn on with your iPad, you may be out of iCloud storage space. You may need manage iCloud storage on your iPad if this is the case.

Step 2. You may select Download and Keep Originals if you have sufficient free space on your iPad. Or, choose Optimize iPad Storage.

iPad enable iCloud Photos

Step 3. Open the Photos app on your iPad > Tap the Recents album> Wait for all your iCloud Photos downloaded to your iPad. You may also tap See All to view your photo albums.

Way 2. How to view iCloud photos on iPad Safari app

You can also get iCloud photos on iPad via a web browse on your iPad. In this way, you can view iCloud backup photos and download only wanted photos to iPad. Here’s how to access iCloud photo library on iPad from the Safari web browser.

Step 1. Open a web browser and visit iCloud.com and sign in using your Apple ID.

Step 2. Click Photos to view all your old and recent photos stored in iCloud.

Step 3. To download wanted photos from iCloud to iPad, tap Select > Choose the photos, tap three-dot icon and choose Download.

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Now you know how to view iCloud photos on iPad Air 2/mini/Pro. You can also visit the website of iCloud on your PC to download wanted photos to your computer and then transfer photos from computer to iPad via the tool introduced below.

Way 3. Easily download and transfer iCloud photos to iPad via FoneTool

As a professional iOS data management tool, FoneTool stands out for its powerful and multiple functions. Wondering how to access iCloud photos on iPad? You can rely on it to download wanted iCloud photos to PC, and transfer them to your iPad with no data loss or quality degrade.

👍 No Apple ID limitation. Different from iCloud server, you can freely download photos, videos, contacts, etc. from different Apple IDs, and transfer them to your iDevices.
👍 Offline transfer service. Physical USB connection between your iPad and computer enables you to transfer photos without Internet, and also promises a superfast transfer speed.
👍 Keep original photo quality. You won’t lose anything on iOS devices. And the transferred photos will be saved without degrading their quality.
👍 Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports models of iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini, as well as iPhone and iPod.

Now, click the icon below to free download FoneTool, and follow the steps below to get iCloud photos on your iPad using FoneTool. 

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Step 1. Download wanted photos from iCloud
• Launch FoneTool on your computer > Choose My iCloud from the left pane > Sign in with your iCloud account. You will be asked to enter the verification code prompted on your device signed in this iCloud account.

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• Choose Manage iCloud > Click Photos > Preview and choose the photos you'd like to save to iPad, and click Download > Choose a destination to save them > Click Download to start.

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Step 2. Transfer iCloud photos from PC to iPad
•  Now, connect your iPad to computer > Choose Phone Transfer from FoneTool > Click Start Transfer under  PC to iPhone.

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Step 4. Locate and add the photos you just downloaded to computer to the box > Finally, click Start Transfer to get these photos imported to your iPad.

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You have known how to access iCloud photos on iPad in two ways. You could also choose FoneTool to easily view and manage your photos on iOS devices. It also supports you to remove duplicate photos on iPhone/iPad/iPod. For more queries or feedback, please feel free to contact us.

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