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Upload photos to iCloud Photo Library from a computer

Have some photos on your computer you want to put in iCloud? Here's what you need to do.

Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani Contributing Writer, ZDNet
Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering mobile technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets for the last six years. His work can also be found on sister site CNET in the How To section, as well as across several more online publications.
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When Apple first launched the iCloud Photo Library beta alongside iOS 8.1, the ability to upload photos to your library from a computer was missing.

With a new Photos app supposed to launch in early 2015, Apple had limited the upload process to only iOS devices running the latest version of iOS.

But recently an update was made to the iCloud beta site, making it possible to upload photos directly to your iCloud Photo Library using a browser.

iCloud Beta website. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

To upload your own photos or videos to iCloud Photo Library, visit the iCloud beta and log into using your Apple ID. Then click on the Photos icon.

Upload is now present! Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

In the top-right corner will be an Upload button; click it. Select the files you'd like to store in your library and wait. The bottom of your browser window will display the progress of your upload. Once it's finished, you can safely close the window.

I've uploaded a dozen or so photos using this method myself, and while the photos show in the browser, I'm yet to see them on any other iOS device I own. I'm not sure if syncing from the Web to your iOS device isn't active yet, or if this is just one of the many bugs we are to expect when using a beta product.

If you upload content and find it has synced to your iOS devices, be sure to comment below and let us know if there was a magic trick you used to make it happen.