Top 4 Methods to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone/PC/Mac

iCloud provides you with online storage where you can upload many kinds of files from your devices. It supports photos as well, so you can upload and download photos from iCloud on your various devices. If you have uploaded photos to your iCloud account but are not sure how to download iCloud photos to PC or to your other devices, this guide will help you out.

In the following guide, you will see how various methods of downloading photos from your iCloud account to your devices. Each method shows a unique way of obtaining access to your photos and let's get started.

Part 1. How to Download All Photos from iCloud to PC Using iCloud for Windows?

If you are a Windows PC user and would like to download all photos from iCloud, then you can make use of the iCloud for Windows utility that will help you get the job done. It's a free tool provided by Apple to help you keep your photos in sync with your iCloud account and it can be used as a downloader for your iCloud photos as well.

Here's how to use iCloud for Windows to download photos:

Download and launch the utility on your Windows PC. On the main interface, click on the option that says Options next to Photos. It will show more options for photos.

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On the following screen, put a tickmark in the box that says iCloud Photo Library and then click on the Done button.

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You can now open Favorites in your file explorer and click on iCloud Photos followed by Download photos and videos to select and download iCloud photos to your Windows computer.

Part 2. How to Download iCloud Photos to Mac using Photos App?

If you're a Mac user, you can use the built-in Photos app to get access to and download photos from your iCloud account. What you need to do before you can download photos is enable an option in the preferences menu and your photos should be available in the Photos app on your Mac

Here's how to do that all on your Mac:

Launch the Photos app on your Mac from the Dock or a launcher and click on the Photos menu followed by Preferences in the top menu bar.

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Click on the iCloud tab if you are not already there and checkmark the box that says iCloud Photo Library. Then, make sure the Download Originals to this Mac option is enabled.

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After your iCloud photos have become available in the app, select the photos by clicking on them or press Command + A to select them all. Then, click on the File menu followed by Export and select Export Unmodified Original for X Photos where "X" is the number of photos you have selected.

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You should be able to select a destination folder where the exported photos will be saved.There you go. You can successfully download iCloud photos to Mac using the built-in Photos app.

Part 3. How to Download Photos from iCloud to iPhone/iPad?

If you want to download photos from iCloud to iPhone or your iPad, then you have got an extremely effortless way to do it. It doesn't even require you to install or use any app on your devices as the built-in options on your iOS device allow you to do that.

Here's how to do it on your iPhone or iPad:

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tap on the option that says Photos & Camera. You will have to scroll a bit down to be able to see the option.

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Make sure the iCloud Photo Library option is turned on. Tap on the option that says Download and Keep Originals and a checkmark will be added next to it.

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Your iCloud photos should be available on your iPhone or iPad in a few moments.

Part 4. How to Download Photos from iCloud Backup to PC/Mac?

There are two ways you can store your photos on iCloud. Either you can upload photos as just photos or you can upload photos as part of your iOS device backup. If you have uploaded your photos using the latter option, you will need to use an app to extract photos from your iCloud backup.

Fortunately, there's an app called Tenorshare UltDatathat allows you to download and extract your favorite content from your iCloud backups. Here's how to use it to get your photos out of your backups:

Download and run the software on your computer. When the software launches, choose the option that says Recover from iCloud Backup File at the top and sign-in to your iCloud account.

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You will be shown all of your iCloud backups. Choose the one where your photos are located and click on Next.

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On the following screen, you will be asked what you would like to download. Checkmark Camera Roll & Video and hit Next.

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You will see all the photos that were stored in your chosen iCloud backup. Select the ones you want to download and click on Recover.

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The selected photos will be downloaded to your Windows PC or Mac.

Additional Tip: How to Delete Photos from iCloud?

iCloud doesn't provide unlimited storage, so you should keep only your important photos on your iCloud storage. If you have got any photos that you don't want to keep, you can delete them from your iCloud account as shown below.

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Using a web browser, open the iCloud website, log-in to your account, and click on the option that says Photos. Find and select the photos you want to delete and click on the delete option.

If you ever need to get your photos from your iCloud account to your iPhone/PC/Mac, you don't need to worry as the same can easily be done using the four methods shown above. Also, with our extra tip, you can have your unwanted photos deleted to free-up memory space on your iCloud account.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iCloud Follow @Jerry Cook