Microsoft has just officially announced the implementation of an update to the Windows 11 Photos application, which now allows you to view your photos stored on Apple’s iCloud.
About a month ago, Microsoft announced during the presentation event of their new Surface computers, the arrival in Windows 11 of several tools developed by Apple. Thus, the Redmond company revealed the arrival of Apple Music and Apple TV on PCs running Windows 11. Microsoft had also indicated its intention to update the Windows 11 Photos application to integrate access to photos stored on iCloud . It is now done, or nearly so, as the implementation of iCloud in Microsoft Photos is underway.
Cloud images can be viewed in a single app
The latest update to Windows 11 Photos Manager now allows all users of Windows 11 machines to access their photos stored in the cloud. In addition to supporting OneDrive, Photos now gives all iPhone owners access to their photos and videos synced with iCloud, Apple’s online storage platform. An operation that until now was only possible by going through the iCloud library synchronized in Windows File Explorer. A very impractical method given the navigation interface used.
How to view your iCloud photos in Photos on your Windows 11 PC?
To be able to access your iCloud photos in the Windows 11 Photos app, you must first update the said app. To do this, open Microsoft Store and click the button library appears at the bottom left of the window.
Then click the button Get updates, located at the top right of the window to refresh the list of available updates. Finally, click the button Update all (or on the button Update appears in front of the row of the Photos program) to download and install updates for the programs installed on your machine.
So, if it hasn’t already been done, Download iCloud for Windows from the Microsoft Store. Once it’s installed, open iCloud on your PC, sign in to your account, and secure the option Pictures is correctly selected.
Finally, open the app Pictures on your machine. You should find all your photos stored in iCloud by selecting iCloud in the left column. Note that depending on the amount of photos and videos stored on the platform, it may take more or less time to load them into Photos.
However, Photos cannot immediately find your iCloud Photos folder. If so, a message “Oops! Please add iCloud to folders to show”.
Then click the button Add folder Then select the iCloud folder in the left column of the File Explorer window that opens. Your photos must then finally be linked in the Photos app.
Microsoft said it has just started rolling out this update. Therefore, it may not be immediately available on your PC. However, it should arrive to all users before the end of November.