How to Download iCloud Photos to Computer

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

When you have enabled iCloud backup, iPhone Photo Library, iCloud will automatically store the photos you've taken. As soon as you take a photo, it's uploaded to iCloud. But some users may be confused by how to download photos from iCloud to iPhone, PC, Mac, external drive. Here we will show you three methods to download photos from iCloud.

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Method 1: How to Download Photos from iPhone to Mac/PC via iCloud Downloader?

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is recommended to download iCloud photos. With the iCloud downloader,  you can download iPhone photos from iCloud to PC or Mac.

Since this iCloud downloading software requires no iPhone, iPad or iPod touch when you choose to retrieve photos from iCloud backup, you can still download photos from iCloud even if your iPhone is lost/ stolen/ damaged.

Free download the trial version of iPhone Data Recovery on Windows/Mac. The program can download iPhone photos from iOS 11, 10, 9, 8 iCloud backup. 

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1. Install the program and sign in iCloud

Download and install the iCloud downloader on your computer. Then, launch it and click "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Now, you need to sign in iCloud account.

Sign in Your iCloud Account

2. Download iCloud backup file

After entering iCloud account, all your iCloud backup files will be displayed. Choose the one that contains photos you want to retrieve and download.

Download Backup Files from iCloud Account

In the pop-up window, you should choose to download photos from Camera Roll, Photo Library and App Photos to download all photos stored in iCloud. Click "Next"

Choose File Types of iCloud Backup

3. Download iCloud photos to PC

After scanning, click Camera Roll, Photo Library and App Photos respectively to view all these found photos on iCloud. Choose the ones you need or tick Photo Library to select all iCloud photos. Then click "Recover" to export iCloud photos in bulk to your computer. 

Tip: If you want to download all photos from iCloud backup, tick the "Camera Roll", "Photo Library","App Photos" folder to download all iCloud photos.

Recover the Photos from iCloud Backups

See! How easy it is! Your iCloud photos are now transferred to your Mac or Win computer. Just download the software to get your photos back and if there is a video guide to download photos from iCloud with ease!

Method 2: How to Download Photos from iCloud to PC

It's also a good idea to 'transfer' photos from iCloud to Window 7/8/10 PC with iCloud Photo Library. What's iCloud Photo Library? It's a feature that is able to sync your photos at full resolution with iCloud service, including small touches you made on the picture. By taking advantage of iCloud Photo Library, photos can be shared on Win/Mac that enables iCloud Photo Library with the same Apple ID.

Step 1 Download iCloud for Windows in the first place.

Step 2 Open the panel and sign in with Apple ID.

Step 3 Choose desired services on the left side of the interface and click "Apply".

Step 4 Click "Options" after to set up iCloud Photo Library.

Step 5 Then, choose to download desired pictures to the computer.

iCloud Photo

Method 3: How to Download Photos from iCloud to Mac

You can also enable iCloud Photo Library on Mac to sync iCloud photos to Mac.

Step 1 Go to the "Apple" menu and select "About This Mac" > "Software Update" to upgrade to the latest version.

Step 2 Click "Apple" menu and choose "System Preferences".

Step 3 Touch "iCloud" and enter your Apple ID.

Step 4 After logging in, pick up the desired service on the left side.

Step 5 Select "Options" after "Photos" to enable "iCloud Photo Library".

Step 6 Then, iCloud service will sync photos on your Mac and you can check out pictures directly.

Method 4: How to Download iCloud Photos to Computer Online

You can also download photos from iCloud.com, either download photos one by one or download all photos at once.

Tip 1: Download Photos from iCloud.com One by One

  1. Log in iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password.

  2. Click "Photos". Then search and find the photos you need. Select the photos or choose all photos on  iCloud. Click the download icon to get the photo saved on your computer.

Tip 2: Download All Photos from iCloud.com

There is no such thing like "Download All Photos" option on iCloud.com. But you can still download all photos at once with this trick.

  • Again, log in your iCloud account.

  • Go to "Photos" and choose the "All Photos" album.

  • Then scroll down to the bottom of the album and click the "Select Photos" button on the top.

  • Press the "Shift" key and click on the very last picture in the album, then all the photos in the album will be selected.

  • Now you can click the download icon to download all photos on your PC.

Download Photos iCloud

As compared to download photos from iCloud.com/iCloud Photo Library, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery stands out because you can download old/deleted photos from iCloud backup with the program, while iCloud.com only contains the photos that currently exist in your device. If you want to download old photos from iCloud backup, you'll need to restore the whole backup, while with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, you can download the old photos selectively. For a clear outlook, check out the chart below.

These methods help you to easily download iCloud photos to computer with ease. If you want to transfer photos from computer to iPhone, it's not that hard as you might think. FonewPaw will always give you a favor when you're in need of help.

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