How To Download Photos From iCloud

How To Download Photos From iCloud

Downloading photos from iCloud to your PC or Mac can be cumbersome. You need to setup iCloud on your computer. If you have a Windows computer, you need to download iCloud on Windows to start with. With Mac, you have iCloud installed as a native application already.

Most of the people love to capture their beautiful moments with their iPhone but organizing and managing them from your iCloud Drive and computer can be a hectic task. However, if you have iCloud on your laptop or Desktop, then this task could be easily accomplished.

Must Read: How to Set-up an iCloud Account on your Mac

In this post, we will guide you through the easy steps to download your photos from iCloud to your Mac, iPhone, iPad or even to your Windows Computer.

Download Photos To Your Windows Computer

Follow these easy steps to get all your Photos on your Windows computer.

  1. In case you have installed iCloud for Windows your system then, download iCloud on Windows from here.
    Download iCloud for windows
  2. Install the app by following the onscreen instructions, once downloaded.
    Finish iCloud installation
  3. Once the app is installed, the system would ask for your permission to restart the system. Restart it.
  4. The next page would ask you to sign in with your Apple ID and password to sign in.
    iCloud sign in

Note: If you have two factor authentication enabled, you need to enter the code received on your Apple device.

  1. Once signed in, you will get the iCloud interface with options like iCloud Drive, Photos, Bookmarks along with the storage distribution bar.
    iCloud profile
  2. Checkmark the box beside Photos and click on the Options button beside it.
    iCloud photo options
  3. You will get a dialog box with the heading Photos Options. Checkmark the options like Download new photos and videos to my PC and Upload new photos & videos from my PC.
    icloud settings apply
  4. Once done, click Done to save the changes. Click Apply from the main interface.
  5. Changes would be applied, now click on Start Menu on your computer, locate iCloud-> iCloud Photos folder.
    iCloud photos
  6. Click it and the iCloud photos folder will open with folders like Downloads, Uploads.
    iCloud photos this PC
  7. Click on the folder from where you want to copy the photos.

Note: If you are using this app for the first time, it might ask you to try to access the downloads folder after sometime.

Must Read: How to Access and Manage iCloud Photos

12.You can also click on Download photos and videos to initiate the process.
Download photos and videos

  1. You will get a dialog box asking to check mark on the years or months from which you want to download the photos. You can also click on All to Download all of them.
    Select all media
  2. Click Download and the photos will start downloading on your Windows computer.

In this way, you can download photos from iCloud Drive on Windows computer.

To Download Photos On Your Mac, Follow These Steps:

  1. Go To Finder->Go->Applications.
    Mac Go
  2. Under Applications, locate Photos.
  3. Click Photos.
    Mac applications
  4. Now the Photos interface will open, click Photos and then Preferences.
    Mac photo preferences
  5. Now, the preferences tab will open, then click on the iCloud tab.
    iCloud

Note: If you have not signed in to your iCloud account. It will prompt you to sign in.

  1. Under the iCloud tab, put a checkmark beside Download Originals to this Mac.
  2. Close preferences tab once the update is completed.
  3. Select Photos.
  4. Press Command and A together to select all the photos. If you don’t want to add all the photos, you can select the photos individually as well.
  5. Click File and select Export.
    Mac file and export

Image Credit: Toms Guide

  1. Once you click Export, you will get two options, Export n(number of photos) items or Export Unmodified Original
  2. If you opt for the first option, you will get another screen to select the format and quality of the images, after doing that, click Export.

Export movie quality mac Image Credit: Toms Guide

Export files

Image Credit: Toms Guide

  1. Navigate to a folder and click Export Originals.
    Export originals

Image Credit: Toms Guide

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It is done! In this way, you can import your photos from your iCloud to your Windows or Mac computer. Try it and let us know if it worked for you.

Srishti Sisodia

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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