iCloud Photo Library lets you easily access all your pictures and videos from anywhere, including the web.
Sure, the Photos apps for iOS and OS X are fast, convenient, and pack a lot of features, but there might come a time when you don't have either available to you. That's when iCloud Photo Library being part of iCloud really comes in handy — because you can access everything you have online straight from any web browser you have available to you. All you need is a connection, your Apple ID, and iCloud.com.
Note, the first time you load iCloud Photo Library on the web, it might take a while. If you see Preparing Library..., either be patient or come back later. You can leave iCloud.com temporarily and your library will continue to populate, so don't worry. This should only happen the first time. Once it's done, your entire photo library will appear and subsequent load times will be much, much faster.
How to access and view photos in iCloud Photo Library on the web
- Launch any web browser and go to iCloud.com.
- Click on the Photos icon from the main menu.