How to Turn on the iCloud Photo Library on an iPhone

Being able to automatically store your pictures in the cloud is a great way to make sure they are not only accessible from a computer or an iPad, but it’s also a good backup solution.

If you would like to use an Apple service to manage this, then you may be wondering how to turn on iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone.

Our tutorial below will show you where to find this option so that you can enable it and start using it for the pictures on your phone.

How to Enable the iCloud Photo Library on an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Photos.
  3. Enable iCloud Photos.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to turn on iCloud Photo Library on an iPhone 6, including pictures of these steps.

Once your iPhone has been updated to iOS 8.1 you gain access to a new feature called the iCloud Photo Library. This is an interesting new addition that provides a centralized way for you to view all of your photos on all of your devices.

If you have decided that you want to start using the iCloud Photo Library, then there are a couple of things to be aware of. The first is that the iCloud Photo Library counts against your iCloud storage. If you take a lot of pictures and have a large iCloud backup, then this could result in a lack of space for all of the pictures on your device. Another thing to be aware of is that your Camera Roll and My Photo Stream albums will be replaced by an All Photos album.

If you would also like to be able to move your iPhone pictures to your computer,r then read our guide on how to transfer pictures from an iPhone to a PC.

How to Activate iCloud Photo Library on Your iPhone (Guide with Pictures)

This article was written using an iPhone 6 Plus in iOS 8.1.3. At the time of this writing, this feature was still in beta mode.

For additional information regarding the iCloud Photo Library feature, check out this FAQ from Apple.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Photos & Camera option.

open the photos and camera menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of iCloud Photo Library to turn the feature on.

You will know that it is turned on when you can see green shading around the button, as in the image below.

turn on icloud photo library

Now that you know how to turn on iCloud photo library on your iPhone you will be able to back up and access your pictures much more easily.

Are you running out of space in iCloud and don’t want to pay for additional storage? Learn how to reduce the size of your iCloud backup by removing certain items from the backup.

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