The latest Windows 11 update, unveiled alongside new Surface products, will enable the Photos app to display snapshots captured from an iPhone.
Windows Photos app takes a step towards iPhone users // Source: Microsoft via YouTube
Microsoft will soon allow you to synchronize an iCloud account to its Photos application on Windows 11. The goal? Instantly find photos taken from an iPhone. However, this novelty is not yet deployed on a large scale. Understand that if you want to take advantage of it now, you will have to go through the Insider program to test it in beta.
This synchronization of iCloud on the Photos app emerges anyway at the same time as a batch of new Surface products, presented last Wednesday, and alongside the announcement of native ARM support for the Xbox app… a bigger novelty than you might think.
Your iPhone Photos Synced Directly to Windows 11
As TechCrunch points out, the synchronization is done by first going through the iCloud application for Windows. It is thanks to her that we can see iCloud photos, taken with an iPhone or iPad, or simply synchronized to your account, directly in the Windows Photos application. Note that this new feature is only possible through iCloud. If you don’t use iCloud Photo Library, your photos won’t be able to automatically appear on the dedicated Windows 11 app.
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“We’re making it easier than ever for customers to access their iPhone photos and the Apple entertainment they love on their Xbox and Windows devices,” Microsoft told Cnet.
Note that the (small) rapprochement between Apple and Microsoft on the software level had already allowed Xbox to host the Apple TV application two years ago. More recently, Apple also announced the arrival of its music streaming service Apple Music on Microsoft consoles, and the upcoming launch, on Windows 11 this time, of the Apple TV and Apple Music applications.
How to activate synchronization?
To sync your iCloud photo library to Windows 11’s Photos app right now, here’s how:
Sign up for the Insider program through this page; Activate the Insider program from your Windows 11 PC (Start > Settings > Windows Update) then choose the Beta channel; Download Windows 11 updates and restart your PC to enjoy the latest system build; Make sure you have installed the latest version of the iCloud app for Windows; Sign in with your iCloud credentials on the iCloud app; Make sure photo syncing is enabled on the iCloud app.
If all these steps are followed, then you should find an iCloud tab in the Windows 11 Photos app, where all the photos synced to your iCloud Photo Library will be downloaded as you go.
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