Not everyone with an iPhone also has a Mac. There are a bunch of shared iOS-Windows users – myself included – and the lack of interoperability between these platforms can be frustrating. Fortunately, Microsoft and Apple will continue to put aside their differences for the benefit of users of both platforms, as was the case on Wednesday when Microsoft integrated iCloud Photos integration into the Photos app on Windows 11.

“The newly updated Photos app on Windows 11 has been carefully designed to make it easier to organize your photo collection, no matter where your photos and videos come from – your phone, your camera, your cloud storage: iCloud Photos, OneDrive – see them all together in one beautiful gallery,” said Dave Grochocki, Windows Inbox Apps Senior Product Manager, in a blog post this week.

How to Update the Windows 11 Photos App

Here are the steps Windows 11 users need to follow to enable iCloud Photos integration:

  1. Make sure your Pictures the app is up to date on your Windows 11 PC. You can make sure you have the latest version by opening the Microsoft Store application, by clicking on the Library button at the bottom left, and clicking on the Get updates button near the top of the screen.
  2. From the Microsoft Store, download and install the iCloud for Windows application.
  3. Open the iCloud app, sign in with your Apple ID, and choose to sync your photos.

You can choose which photos or libraries you want to automatically sync with the Photos app once you sign in. If you want certain photos to appear only on your PC, you have the option of syncing some and not others.

The rollout of this integration began on November 9 and should be available to all Windows 11 users by November 30.


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