How to Download iCloud Photos to Computer

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We have known that the iCloud will automatically store the photos we'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 or Mac.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is recommended to download iCloud photos. This software can recover photos through 3 ways: "Recover from iCloud Backup File", "Recover from iOS Device" and  "Recover from iTunes Backup File".

If you lose your iPhone photos accidentally, you can separately download photos from iCloud instead of restoring the whole. You can also use the program to transfer photos from iCloud to computer, Mac, or external hard drive

What's great is that this software requires no iPhone, iPad or iPod touch when you choose to retrieve photos from backup. In other words, with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, you can still download photos from iCloud even if your iPhone is lost/stolen/damaged.

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Free download the trial version of FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on Windows/Mac and have a try. The program can download iOS 11/10/9/8/7/6 iCloud backups.

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Method 1: How to Extract Images via iCloud Downloader?

1. Install the program and sign in iCloud

Download and install FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery 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, to save time to download the iCloud backup file, you should choose to download photos from Camera Roll, Photo Library and App Photos to download all photos stored in iCloud. Click "Next" to keep downloading or scan the downloaded. 

Choose File Types of iCloud Backup

3. Download iCloud photos to PC

After scanning, click Camera Roll, Photo Library and App Photos respectively to preview all these found photos. Choose the ones you need and click "Recover" to download iCloud photos in bulk to your computer. 

Tip: If you want 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 is 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: Method 2: How to Export iOS Pictures from Directly?

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

Tip 1: Download Photos from One by One

  1. Log in with your Apple ID and password.

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

Tip 2: Download All Photos from

There is no such thing like "Download All Photos" option on 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

Method 3: How to Download iCloud Pictures via iCloud Photo Library?

It's also a good idea to 'transfer' photos from iCloud to Win/Mac 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 an be shared on Win/Mac that enable iCloud Photo Library with the same Apple ID.

How to Use iCloud Photo Library on 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, tick 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.

How to Use iCloud Photo Library on Win?

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 computer.

iCloud Photo

Conclusion: the Comparison of Three Methods

As compared to download photos from Photo Library, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery stands out because you can download old/deleted photos from iCloud backup with the program, while only contains the photos that currently exsit 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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