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iCloud users at Microsoft claim that photos that are not their own are appearing in their Apple library

Strangers in iCloud. (photo: Techrom/Composition/Jose Arana)

Just a few days ago Manzana Y Microsoft announced the integration of the photo library of iCloud on the application photos of Windows 11. Yes, after years of being in the same industry, both companies have finally put in the effort to make both systems compatible.


But it doesn’t seem to have worked well, as some users report that the Videos and photos could be shared with other people.

A list of online complaints collected by MacRumors reported the issue.


The first and most common of these is a data breach. After taking photos or videos with a iphone, iCloud users using this app on Windows turn on their computers to look at what they captured. The surprise is that, according to their words, the files are damaged.

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First mistake: “corrupted” videos

Users describe it as a series of black lines that appear when playing a video recorded with an iPhone on a computer.


This problem seems to mainly affect users of the iPhone 13 Pro Y iPhone 14 Pro.

So far, neither Microsoft nor Apple have commented on the matter.

“iCloud for Windows is corrupting recorded videos from an iPhone 14 pro max resulting in black videos with scan lines”explains a user attaching the following video:

iCloud users on Windows 11 see images and videos unknown people in their gallery

Mistake 2: Photos and videos from strangers in iCloud Gallery

Another problem, and probably the most serious, is that users report photos of unknown people in iCloud Gallery for Windows.

Many users are surprised to see photos and videos of people they have never met or seen in their lives.

In fact, one person commented, “I logged into the new iCloud integration with Windows this morning and some videos have images inserted into them from unknown sources, possibly from other iCloud accounts.”

Another user commented: “I have been shown family photos of other people that I have not seen in my life, football games and other random photos. It’s obviously extremely concerning and doesn’t make me feel safe using iCloud.”

This is how one of the victims who has compiled the previously mentioned medium ends.

iCloud users on Windows show screenshots of photos that aren't their own in Gallery. (Photo: MacRumors)
iCloud users on Windows show screenshots of photos that aren’t their own in Gallery. (Photo: MacRumors)

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Users waiting for an official response from Apple or Microsoft

Although there is still no pronouncement, some analysts say that the issue would be somewhere in the apple servers. Although it is true that the application in question is in the Windows operating system, those in Redmond do not have access to said information.

It is very likely that the people of Cupertino will fix this problem very soon. After all, they claim to take the security of their users very seriously; at least as far as third-party access is concerned.

Therefore, if you have the same problem, you just have to wait for updates that iCloud for Windows can receive in the coming days.

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