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How to Download iCloud Photos to Computer (Windows PC or Mac)?


To upload photos to iCloud is very easy for most of Apple users, simply enable iCloud Backup and iCloud Photo Library features on iPhone/iPad/iPod, iCloud will automatically store the photos photos you have taken. However, some users may not be that clear how to download photos from iCloud to iPhone, PC or Mac. This article will introduce different ways to download iCloud photos for your reference. Let's check them out together.

Method 1. How to Download Photos from iCloud via iCloud Photo Downloader

Method 2. How to Export iCloud Photos to Computer via iCloud.com

1. Selectively Download Photos from iCloud via iCloud Photo Downloader

The iCloud Photo Downloader is regarded as one of the most professional and reliable program to download pictures from iCloud to computer, either Windows PC or Mac computer. With it, you can freely preview and select the desired images from iCloud backup before extracting, including deleted photos and existing ones, and then extract iCloud photos selectively or wholly depending on your needs.

Besides, this iCloud downloader does not require iPhone, iPad or iPod when downloading photos from iCloud backup, so you can download iCloud photos even if your iPhone is lost, stolen or damaged. And this program supports to download iCloud backups with iOS 11, iOS 10 and etc.

Steps to selectively export photos from iCloud to computer:

Step 1. Launch the program on your computer and sign into your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password.

Please be noted that keep unconnected your iOS device with your computer during downloading process, or the original iCloud backup might be modified or updated.

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Step 2. The program will automatically detect all your iCloud backup files from your iCloud account once you enter your iCloud account. Please select one iCloud backup containing the photos you want and download it.

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Step 3. After downloading, please enter "Camera Roll", "Photo Library" or "App Pictures" to preview and select the photos you want from iCloud backup, including the deleted ones and existing ones. After selection, simply click "Recover" button to save them on your computer all at once.

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2. Export iCloud Photos to Computer via iCloud.com (Existing Photos Only)

With the official iCloud website, you can download photos from iCloud.com, either download pictures one by one or download all photos at a time. However, via iCloud.com, you can only download the existing pictures from your iPhone/iPad/iPod, but not the deleted or lost photos like the above method.

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#Option 1. Download Photos from iCloud.com One by One

- Visit iCloud.com on your computer and sign into your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password;
- Click "Photos" on the interface and select the photos you want from iCloud;
- Click "Download" icon to save the photo on your computer from iCloud.

See Also: Guide to Stop iCloud Repeatedly Asking for Log-in

#Option 2. Download All Photo Library from iCloud.com

There is no "Download All Photos" option on iCloud.com, but you can still download all pictures at once with the following trick.

- Sign into your iCloud account on iCloud.com again on your computer;
- Click "Photos" and select "All Photos" album;
- Scroll down and click "Select Photos" button;
- Press the "Shift" key on keyboard and click on the last photos in the album, thus all photos in the album will be selected;
- Click "Download" icon to download all pictures on your computer now.

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