Confused about how to sync your Mac or Windows PC photos to your i Phone or i Pad? The Photos for Mac app and i Cloud Photo Library are great options for those who want to rely on Apple to store their images.
But if i Cloud's not your thing, you're not out of luck: You can also use i Tunes or another third-party cloud service to sync images between your computer and your i Phone or i Pad.
With the release of Photos for Mac in OS X 10.10.3, Mac users have not only a replacement for the much-maligned i Photo but also access to i Cloud Photo Library, an i Cloud feature for syncing photos that Apple introduced in i OS 8.1.
In theory, this feature should “just work,” magically syncing all your photos across all your devices.
As such, some of the core services you'll be using on those mobile devices are also available for Windows. It's a relatively easy way to share your i Phone or i Pad photos with your Windows 10 PC, once you've got it set up. This guide was originally published in August 2015, but we refreshed it for April 2017.
Before you do anything you need to have i Cloud for Windows installed and set up. The even better news is we have a complete guide to walk you through it, step by step.
*Depending on whether you've chosen to Optimize Storage (which will display all your content as thumbnails but will only store a fraction of them at full resolution locally) or Download and Keep Originals (which will download all your content at full resolution).
If you're enabling i Cloud Photo Library for the first time, you may have to wait for up to 24 hours before your content is fully synced with your i OS device(s).
Last year Apple announced that they would be discontinuing i Photo and its more powerful cousin Aperture, and replace them with a revamped photo program that better fits a climate of i Phones and i Cloud.Unfortunately, that FAQ didn’t answer any of the questions I had personally, and judging by the email and comments we’ve received from readers, confusion over this feature is widespread.I’ve compiled a list of those missing questions, along with answers based on my own testing and research, and the experiences of others on the Tid BITS staff and Jason Snell, who’s writing “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course.” If this FAQ doesn’t answer your question — or if my answers don’t match what you’re seeing — please let me know in the comments, and I’ll do my best to update the article accordingly. Answer: i Cloud Photo Library is an i Cloud feature that, when enabled on any given Mac or i OS device, syncs the entire contents of that device’s Photos library to Apple’s servers and thence to any other devices that meet the system requirements, are signed in with the same i Cloud credentials, and have i Cloud Photo Library enabled. A: For starters, you need an i Cloud account, which anyone can get for free.But like so many things in the Apple ecosystem, i Cloud Photo Library raises a number of vexing questions, especially for anyone whose use case is in any way atypical.To Apple’s credit, the company did post an i Cloud Photo Library FAQ, and it’s worth reading for several basic details.i Cloud Photo Library: The ultimate guide Here's a quick tutorial on all the ways you can currently sync your Mac or Windows PC images to your i Phone or i Pad.